9th Annual Child Advocacy Conference
CACMI’s Child Advocacy Conference is held in Traverse City, Michigan on April 15 & 16.
The goal of the conference is to promote professional excellence by providing specialized interdisciplinary education. Local and national experts provide workshops on a range of topics related to the prevention, investigation, and intervention of child maltreatment.
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For a list of workshops and descriptions, click here.
2019 Keynote Speakers
Sasha Joseph Neulinger, Voice For The Kids, LLC
Sasha Joseph Neulinger (B.A in Film Production at Montana State University) is the founder and President of Voice For The Kids, LLC and the co-founder and Head of Production at Step 1 Films, LLC. He has worked behind the scenes on National Geographic’s award winning series, “America, The Wild” as an assistant editor and has produced, directed, and edited films for corporate and non-profit clients nationally. He recently completed his first feature length documentary, “Rewind,” an autobiographical film about his life surviving multigenerational child sexual abuse (2019).
Sasha also travels nationally as a public speaker, advocating for reforms in child advocacy and child abuse prevention. On March 27th, 2015, Sasha presented at TEDxBozeman. His presentation was titled “Trauma Is Irreversible. How It Shapes Us Is Our Choice.” Since it was released to the public on May 20th, 2015, Sasha’s TEDx Talk has been viewed over 200,000 times to date, reaching survivors internationally. Sasha was the Survivor Keynote Speaker at the 28th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, where he spoke to over 4,200 men and women representing all 50 states and 28 other nations in the fight against child abuse. In June 2018, Sasha had the honor of being a Plenary Speaker at the 2018 National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. To learn more, visit Sasha at www.voiceforthekids.com.
Victor Vieth, J.D., M.A.
Victor Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories, and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. Victor gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota, and has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. In 2012, Victor was awarded the Pro Humanitate Award from the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare
Victor is the Director of Education and Research of the Zero Abuse Project, a 501©(3) public charity based in St Paul, MN, committed to education, training, and survivor support in order to eradicate child sex abuse and remedy its resulting harms. He is the 2018 President of the Academy on Violence & Abuse, and founder of the National Child Protection Training Center. With NCPTC and its partners, Victor has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.
Mr. Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). In 2017, Victor earned an MA in theology from Wartburg Seminary. Mr. Vieth has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations, and On This Rock: A Call to Center the Christian Response to Child Abuse on the Life and Works of Jesus (Wiff & Stock 2018).