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Beyond the Obvious: Identifying & Investigating Asphyxiation Cases

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The National Criminal Justice Training Center is hosting this webinar. The presenters are Kelsey McKay, Founder & CEO of RESPOND Against Violence, a non-profit organization, and Andrea Zaferes, Vice President of Lifeguard Systems and RIPTIDE, a NAUI & ACUC course director, and a PADI, DAN, and Red Cross Instructor. 

Kelsey is a highly recognized national expert on the topic of criminal asphyxiation in the context of sexual and interpersonal violence, child abuse and human trafficking. She was prosecutor in Travis County, Texas for 12-years exclusively prosecuting strangulation related crimes for half that time. She now trains and consults nationally to implement sustainable protocols and help strengthen how communities collaborate, investigate, treat and prosecute strangulation and in cases ranging from intimate partner violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, child abuse and homicide. She is the President & CEO of RESPOND Against Violence, a non-profit.

Andrea teaches approximately 1000 surface rescue and dive personnel annually. She co-authored with Walt Hendrick such videos and books as Surface Ice Rescue. Andrea began teaching diving with Dr. Lee Somers and Karl Huggins at the University of Michigan’s Scientific Diving Program. She served as a Diving Safety Officer for the American Museum of Natural History’s Animal Behavior Research Department, and had three research papers published by the age of 22. She took her first diving rescue course at age 16 with Walt Butch Hendrick. Since that time she has become Vice President of Lifeguard Systems Inc. and RIPTIDE Inc, a course director and instructor trainer, a well published author, a noted public speaker, an award winner, a program designer, and is one of the leading trainers in the international water rescue and recovery industries today.

Date Created: July 31, 2020