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Friday, November 15, 2019

Trinity Mount Ministries - NCMEC - Active Missing Children Posters / Active AMBER Alerts - UPDATE - 11/15/2019

Missing Children Posters Below

Active AMBER Alerts
NameMissing FromIssued ForAlert Date
Taylor WilliamsJacksonville, FLFLNov 6, 2019
Dulce AlavezBridgeton, NJNJSep 17, 2019

Notice: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® certifies the posters on this site only if they contain the NCMEC logo and the 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678) number. All other posters are the responsibility of the agency whose logo appears on the poster.
Select an image to view the poster for one of these missing children.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Senate Committee Passes Bill on Teaching Human Trafficking


Tallahassee, Florida — Children in Florida public schools would be taught about the dangers and warning signs of human trafficking under a bill approved by a Senate committee.

The Senate Education Committee unanimously passed the bill on Tuesday. The curriculum would be part of public schools’ health education and would focus on how to recognize and understand human trafficking.

The curriculum would teach children who are victims of human trafficking about how they can get help. It would also teach children about inappropriate behavior that should be reported.

The House passed a similar bill earlier this year, but it died in the Senate.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-373-7888 to speak with a specially trained Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocate. Support is provided in more than 200 languages. We are here to listen and connect you with the help you need to stay safe.
Callers can dial 711 to access the Hotline using TTY.
You can also email us at help@humantraffickinghotline.org.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Trinity Mount Ministries - DOJ - PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD - Justice News - UPDATE - 11/15/2019

PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD

Project Safe Childhood
Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

FBI - Serving with STEM To Solve Cases

FBI Cryptanalyst Works to Promote Forensic Science to Next Generation

Graphic that represents the FBI's STEM program.
When FBI investigators find a jumble of code or an unfamiliar gang tattoo, they ask forensic examiners like Deneen Hernandez to make sense of the symbols so they can crack the case.
Deciphering complex and unfamiliar messages is what Hernandez and her fellow examiners in the FBI Laboratory’s Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit do best. The codes they have broken include gang graffiti, gang tattoos, gambling records, and drug ledgers. Some of the codes they crack are especially memorable—in a recent case, Hernandez analyzed a spell that someone had cast.

During an investigation involving the Aryan Brotherhood gang, Hernandez received a photo of a suspect’s writing in an unfamiliar language. She analyzed the writing but discovered nothing nefarious—it was simply Elvish script featured in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. She has also leaned on her love of science fiction to decipher messages in fictional languages like Aurebesh from the Star Wars movies.
“I evaluate submissions related to tattoos and graffiti or any related symbol,” Hernandez said. “It’s interesting work because every case is different, and you really get to use your critical thinking skills to solve problems.”
Deciphering coded communication requires significant analysis, including identifying the language and determining if it uses any coded systems. Cryptanalysts then restructure and translate the language for investigator use.
Tattoo analysis is critical to the FBI’s work because a tattoo can help identify a criminal or a victim, and members of certain gangs and criminal groups have similar tattoos. Tattoo analysis can help investigators connect individuals to particular gangs or narrow down a suspect list.
Hernandez, who is Seneca and Navajo, was raised on the Cattaraugus Reservation near Gowanda, New York. Her mother was a sheriff’s deputy, and her father was a nurse. As a child, Hernandez attended college classes with both of them—a perfect blend of the law enforcement and science of her future profession.
She grew up to become a tribal police officer. She loved the work and planned to make a career of it, but her mother pushed her to continue her education. After earning a master’s degree, Hernandez worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration before moving to the New York State Gaming Commission. She later worked for the National Indian Gaming Commission, where she received FBI forensics training. In 2003, Hernandez transitioned to working for the FBI full time.
Hernandez is one of two Native American forensic examiners in the FBI Laboratory, and she estimates she’s one of only about four in the United States. That’s something she’s working to change.
FBI Cryptanalyst Deneen Hernandez speaks about forensic science careers to a group of Native American high school students at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in summer 2019.
FBI Cryptanalyst Deneen Hernandez spoke to Native American high school students at FBI Headquarters this summer about science careers in the Bureau.

Native American high school students visited FBI Headquarters to learn about STEM-related careers at the Bureau. They heard from Cryptanalyst Deneen Hernandez, one of two Native American forensic examiners in the FBI Laboratory.

“It’s interesting work because every case is different, and you really get to use your critical thinking skills to solve problems.”

Deneen Hernandez, cryptanalyst, FBI Laboratory
This past summer, Hernandez welcomed a group of Native American high school students participating in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She told the students about her career and let them test out their scientific mettle with a mock forensic crime scene to analyze.
“I’m hoping to at least be an example. I say to kids, ‘Here are my humble beginnings, and look where I ended up,’” Hernandez explained. “I was very happy doing what I was doing, but opportunities came along and I took advantage of them.”
She’s also researching the relatively few Native Americans in forensic science as part of her doctoral dissertation. Hernandez hopes her results will help raise the level of interest among young Native Americans in pursuing forensic science careers.
Cryptanalysis is one of many STEM careers in the FBI. Like all FBI STEM careers, it’s both challenging and rewarding in terms of real-world impacts. Our scientists play a vital role in the Bureau’s mission, whether by cracking codes, analyzing crime scenes, or identifying bomb components.
Hernandez believes that some of the best parts of an FBI STEM career are the relatively quick feedback on your work and knowing that you’ve made a difference in keeping communities safer.
“In academia or other scientific areas, research could go on for months or years,” Hernandez said. “In our work, we provide our results in real time, and we know if we’ve helped advance the investigation. There’s usually some type of conclusion or resolution to the work.”