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Missing and Exploited Children Training Conference (MECC): Business Justification for Attending the MECC

The Missing & Exploited Children Training Conference 2019 is May 28–30, in Winnipeg.

We know getting approval for training can be a challenge. We’ve drafted a Business Justification Letter to help. Feel free to use the text below in your application for training.

Subject: Request to Attend MECC 2019

I would like to request approval to attend the Missing & Exploited Children Training Conference (MECC) in Winnipeg, May 28–30, 2019.

Offered by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection — a national agency leading the country on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children — this conference includes three full days of training on traditional and emerging technological trends that create real-life risks for children in Canada.

By attending the MECC, I will receive more than 21 hours of training by expert speakers and professionals working on the front lines of child protection from across North America. Among others, this year’s training conference will feature:

  • Dr. Sharon Cooper, a forensic and developmental pediatrician with decades of experience evaluating and treating children who have been sexually abused. She provides multidisciplinary training in all forms of child maltreatment to health-care providers, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, therapists, chaplains, and social workers; lectures around the world; and has been an expert witness in more than 300 court cases.
  • A case study presented by the Northern Alberta Internet Child Exploitation Unit detailing the collaboration that was necessary to successfully rescue five children and their mother from a physically, emotionally, and sexually abusive father with a survivalist disposition who had isolated his family in a rural compound fortified with over 40 firearms. Human resources included over 70 members from a dozen law enforcement units, multiple police services, and several civilian agencies. Alberta Justice Crown counsels will explain the challenges they faced on what was the largest and most complex file ever prosecuted by their office.
  • A presentation on the guidelines and best practices for combatting human trafficking in rural communities. Using case examples, D/Sgt. Andrew Taylor of the Ontario Provincial Police’s Anti-Human Trafficking Investigation Coordination Team will speak to the risks and recruitment of marginalized youth.
  • A victim identification case study by members of the RCMP National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre outlining how the RCMP Victim Identification Unit worked to locate the suspect and 39 victims in Ontario without the aid of EXIF, metadata, or IP addresses; relying solely on victim identification techniques.

The approximate investment for my attendance at the MECC is as follows:

Travel $___
Hotel $___*
Meals/Per Diem $___
Conference Fee $350**

*The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has negotiated special rates ranging from $139–$174/night for conference attendees.

**If I register by April 30, 2019

This training also includes several networking opportunities to connect with 300 other professionals from across Canada. Attending this conference will mean learning current best practices and new approaches in combatting child victimization; therefore, I would like to request approval to attend MECC 2019.

Thank you,

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