April 18: Changing the response to sexual assault [webchat]

Worldwide, an estimated 1 in 3 women will be physically or sexually abused in her lifetime. Few sexual assault cases are successfully prosecuted, and the majority of them go unreported.

Recently, the president of Sierra Leone declared sexual assault a national emergency. Empowering communities to prevent and respond to sexual assault helps reduce the cycles of poverty, conflict and human rights abuse.

“Changing the Response to Sexual Assault” will take place on Thursday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT. Join us for a live, one-hour discussion with U.S. law enforcement representatives to learn how they address sexual assault cases in their communities.

Chief of Police Lauretta Hill and Deputy Director Jordan Satinsky will share best practices on the investigative process, working with the judicial system, and how to empower communities and advocacy groups.

Headshot of Lauretta Hill (Courtesy of Lauretta Hill)

Police Chief Lauretta Hill

Police Commissioner of Public Safety and Security, Dallas County Community College District

Chief of Police Lauretta Hill is the police commissioner of public safety and security in Dallas, Texas, and the owner of Hill & Hill Consulting Group LLC, a company composed of law enforcement experts who help chief executives build stronger teams and relationships with communities.

Previously, Hill was the first African-American female deputy chief of police for the Miami Beach Police Department, and an assistant chief of police with the Arlington, Texas Police Department, known for its commitment to community policing and developing best practices in law enforcement.

Headshot of Jordan Satinsky (Courtesy of Jordan Satinsky)

Deputy Director Jordan Satinsky

Deputy Director of the Special Victims Investigations Division, Montgomery County Police Department

Jordan Satinsky is the deputy director of the Montgomery County Police Department’s Special Victims Investigations Division in Maryland. He is an expert on measures to combat domestic violence. He created the police department’s sexual assault unit and integrated the domestic violence/elder abuse unit into the Family Justice Center.

Satinsky also founded the sexual assault response team and created new methods for sexual assault evidence tracking, which he shares via virtual and in-person training. Additionally, he developed a new method of joint investigations for elder/vulnerable adult abuse cases.

Headshot of Stephanie Mulhern Ogorzalek (Courtesy of Stephanie Mulhern Ogorzalek)

Stephanie Mulhern Ogorzalek (Moderator)

Senior Policy Adviser, U.S. Department of State

Stephanie Mulhern Ogorzalek is the senior policy adviser in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. In this role, she leads the U.S. Department of State’s work on preventing and responding to gender-based violence globally. She previously worked in the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, coordinating democracy and human rights policy in West and Central Africa and South America. Prior to joining the Department of State, Ogorzalek served as a strategic communications analyst for the Department of Defense, advising on the use of messaging to prevent and mitigate violent conflict and encourage community reconciliation. She also worked with the Inter-American Development Bank in Bogota, Colombia, managing efforts to combat gender-based violence and foster post-conflict opportunities for women.