Salve Regina, Day One host public forum, training session to fight the commercial sexual exploitation of children

The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), an alarming crime that is growing in Rhode Island and throughout the U.S., will be the topic of an open community training session and forum at Salve Regina University on Tuesday, April 12.

Free and open to the public, the event will be held from 6-8 p.m. in Room 260 at O’Hare Academic Center, located on Ochre Point Avenue. This training and panel discussion will cover definitions, general information and CSEC statistics, signs someone might be involved, treatment for victims and at-risk youth, and an overview of the new statewide response protocol.

“A Community Conversation on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children,” is being organized by Salve Regina’s administration of justice department in conjunction with Day One, the Rhode Island agency whose mission is to reduce the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence.

The event will feature expert panelists, including four prominent Salve Regina alumni, who will explore the growing issue of CSEC, discuss the recruitment process used to lure people into human trafficking, and inform participants about potential careers dealing with the issue.

The first hour, to be facilitated by Day One Director Maureen Philbin and recent Salve Regina ADJ graduate Lea Cure, will include CSEC training. The second hour will consist of the panel discussion and open forum for the audience to ask questions.

Panelists will include:

Gregg Catlow, a Smithfield Police detective who serves as the department’s juvenile officer. He is a 2002 Administration of Justice graduate at Salve Regina who also received a master’s degree from Salve in 2009. He is a firearms instructor and teaches active shooter response.

Dan Guglielmo, chief of the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault unit with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, where he has worked for the past 13 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs/English from the University of Denver and a law degree from George Mason University.

Michael Iacone, a Cranston Police officer since 2002 who currently serves as a detective in the Special Victims Unit, handling all sexually based crimes as well as crimes against children and the elderly. He has both his bachelor’s degree (ADJ) and master’s degree (ADJ-Homeland Security) from Salve Regina. Iacone is currently assigned to both the FBI and HSI Task Forces dealing with the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children.

Roger Oliveira, who co-founded the first alternative juvenile lock-up facility in southeastern Massachusetts in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety. He presently serves on the CSEC Steering Committee for Bristol County, Massachusetts in collaboration with the Children’s Advocacy Center. Oliveira was recently appointed Clerk Magistrate Pro Tempore of the Bristol County Juvenile Court. His juvenile justice career spans 25 years, working with juveniles in residential, correctional, educational, judicial and special needs settings. He is a 1991 ADJ graduate from Salve Regina, and has a law degree from Southern New England School of Law (now University of Massachusetts School of Law).

Maureen Philbin is the director of outreach and advocacy at Day One, where she oversees the Law Enforcement Advocates, the Department of Corrections’ VINE program, The Help Line, Campus Sexual Assault Advocacy Project and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children program. She is a 1986 Salve Regina graduate in ADJ and is a 2011 Alumni Achievement award recipient. She has more than 20 years of experience managing non-profit organizations in the fields of advocacy, child welfare, juvenile justice, elder care, mental health and system of care administration. She serves on the board of directors of Whitmarsh House, Ocean Tides and the Philip E. Philbin Adult Learning School, and is the creator of Groovy Girls RI, a program that empowers girls waiting to be adopted.