Lori Fluegel has twenty years of experience working in the field of child abuse investigations. As Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, Mo. Fluegel has shown herself to be a true leader. She was instrumental in developing the Child Protection Center, the Children's Advocacy Center for Kansas City and to this day continues to serve on its governance council and board of directors. In her position with the prosecutor's office, Ms. Fluegel serves as liaison and provides training to other public and non-profit agencies in the child abuse and domestic violence field. This has allowed her to build her level of expertise to one that is highly regarded within the Kansas City area and throughout the state of Missouri.
Ms. Fluegel began working as an assistant prosecutor for Jackson County in 1990. In 1994, she transferred to the Sex Crimes and General Crime Unit where she began handling child sexual abuse and physical abuse cases, as well as domestic violence cases. During her tenure at the prosecutor's office, Ms. Fluegel has provided her leadership and expertise on several innovative projects including: the $5 million federally funded "KIDSAFE" program to reduce child abuse and neglect in Kansas City; the Jackson County Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Council to implement national recommendation on co-occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse the development of the restitution therapy model for criminal prosecution of child sexual abuse; participation on both state and local child fatality review panels; as well as the development of the Child Protection Center. Ms. Fluegel has been involved in the development and delivery of numerous child abuse training programs and she serves on the FindingWords Missouri faculty. Ms. Fluegel holds a bachelor's degree from William Woods University and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Mandated Reporter Training: Who is Required to Report Child Abuse and Neglect and What are the Legal Consequences
Participants are provided with the legal reporting requirements for child abuse and neglect relative to their community, and how the law interfaces with their specific roles and responsibilities. The presentation also educates the participants about the legal consequences for failure to report child abuse and neglect.
Navigating the Criminal and Civil Process of Child Abuse and Neglect
Provides an overview of the criminal and civil process of child abuse and neglect cases to assist multidisciplinary team members to understand how their role interfaces with these processes. The presentation will explain the nuances of the criminal and civil process and how it impacts the multidisciplinary team member’s roles and responsibilities.
Documenting Your Record for Testimony, Eliminating the Unknown of Testifying
Participants are provided with an overview of the criminal process - from investigation to disposition, and are provided with tools that ensure a positive trial experience. Specifically, participants are provided with information on how to document records that will assist and ensure they are prepared for direct and cross examination in a criminal or civil trial. Past participants’ feedback indicate these tools have reduced the many stressors associated with testifying.
Identifying Corroborative Evidence from the Forensic Interview
The purpose of the forensic interview of a child sexual abuse victim is to gain factual information in order to help investigators to determine whether or not abuse occurred. This factual information can come in the form of sensory details, in which the child may describe how he or she experienced the abuse. The forensic interview may also reveal evidence that investigators can attempt to corroborate during the course of their investigation. Corroborative evidence may come in the form of interviewing collateral witnesses, obtaining records, or searching for physical evidence.
Multidisciplinary Team Members as Expert Witnesses
Discusses the differences between lay and expert witnesses and how to utilize your multidisciplinary team members in the prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases. The presentation explains to multidisciplinary team members how to prepare for depositions and explore how to present their knowledge to the jury during direct examination and will provide guidance on how to address issues that arise during cross examination.
Eliminating the Unknown for Medical Professionals
Attendees will understand the criminal court process in order to prepare for a deposition and testimony at trial in child abuse and neglect cases. The presentation will discuss how to prepare for direct and cross-examination to eliminate the unknown of testifying.
Preparing the Child for the Courtroom Experience
This presentation will explore best practices and different approaches to reduce the stress level in child victims, to help the child understand the nature and seriousness of the proceedings to be prepared for a deposition and or trial. It will discuss how to improve the child’s ability to answer questions in court in the most accurate and complete and truthful manner, in order to maximize the child’s ability to be perceived as a credible witness.