SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Human Trafficking Forum
May 16, 2019
The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy is pleased to partner with Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle for the 2019 Human Trafficking Forum. This event will focus on the importance of trauma-informed investigative techniques in human trafficking with world-renowned expert, Senior Special Agent (Retired) Russell W. Strand, CFP-A, as the keynote speaker.
Russell W. Strand, CFP-A
Senior Special Agent (Retired)
Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Strand² Squared LLC
Founding Faculty, Certified FETI (Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview)
Senior Special Agent (Retired) Russell W. Strand, CFP-A, is a managing partner and co-founder of Strand² Squared LLC and founding faculty of Certified FETI. Along with his wife and partner, Myra Strand, he provides consultation, systems auditing, training and assistance to agencies and service providers.
As a career law enforcement professional, trainer, educator, writer, and consultant, Russ has distinguished himself as an integral member of the criminal justice community. He began his law enforcement career in 1975 as a military police officer, and then worked as a military police investigator until retiring 22 years later as a senior special agent in the United States Army Criminal Investigations Command. In his role as Law Enforcement, he specialized in domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, homicide and especially child abuse. In fact, reducing child victimization has been a 45-year passion and he is dedicated to finding better ways to create offender accountability and providing justice to children.
After his first retirement, Russ was appointed the Chief of the U.S. Army Military Police Behavioral Sciences Education and Training Division where he worked for 20 years before retiring again in 2016. As the point-person in the Department of Defense and Department of the Army in the law enforcement fight against domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual violence, he distinguished himself by development and implementation of numerous training courses and programs across the entire department to include an eight day child abuse investigations course, a week long domestic violence intervention course, and a two week long sexual assault and prosecution course some of which have been described as the “gold standard’ within the Department of Defense. These courses have also been much sought after by civilian professionals across the nation and as of 2018, are still being taught.
Russ is unconventional in his thinking and implementation of numerous promising best practices. This includes the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview, also known as FETI. Development of FETI followed decades of research in the areas of trauma, human behavior, neuroscience and through conducting forensic interviews with both adult and child victims, witnesses and suspects.
The 2009 Fort Hood mass murder, wherein he provided critical incident stress debriefings and victim interview support, was the moment that Russell’s experience and study culminated into FETI. This innovative and applied trauma informed approach to interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects has been instrumental in leading an international culture change to incorporate trauma-informed practice in response to all traumatic experiences including child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. FETI has been a game changer for many communities and has now grown in comprehensive training program called “Certified FETI”.
Russ is a highly respected and sought after speaker, educator, and consultant who has personally trained and educated 1000’s of professionals in his career. His subject matter expertise is continually sought out by national, international state and local agencies around the world, including Congressional staffers and primaries who have been interested in his forward-thinking sexual assault investigations programs and approaches that not only assisted the U.S. Department of Defense, but also lead the nation in efforts at reducing sexual assault prevalence while increasing offender identification and accountability.
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