Child Safety Summit

Child Safety Summit

On January 31, 2019, Delta State University will host a child safety summit titled “Understanding Child Trafficking, Exploitation, and Abuse.” This summit is free and open to the DSU community and general public.


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9 AM-3 PM | Baioni Conference Center, Broom Hall

Registration. Pre-registered attendees pick up summit bags and credentials. On-site registration available; however summit bags are not guaranteed.

9:30-10:30 AM | Baioni Conference Center, Broom Hall

Panel session: “Child Abuse and Neglect”
Moderator: Donna Malone, Cofounder, Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center
Panelists: First Lady of Arkansas, Susan Hutchinson; Judge Hunter Nowell, Bolivar County and Youth Court Judge; and Karla Tye, Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi

10:50-11:50 AM | Baioni Conference Center, Broom Hall

Panel session: “Child Trafficking and Exploitation”
Moderator: John Clark, CEO/President, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
Panelists: Angela Aufmuth, NCMEC Director, Case Analysis Division, and Leah Daughdrill, trafficking survivor

12-1:30 PM | Jacob Conference Center, Ewing Hall

Confirmed speakers:
Victor Vieth, Founder and Senior Director of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center
Dr. Sufna John, Co-director of the Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma (ARBEST) program

1:40-2:40 PM | Ewing Hall

Breakout sessions:
1) Ewing 331 – Child Advocacy Centers of Mississippi and Arkansas: Continuing the conversation with Susan Hutchinson, Donna Malone, Hunter Nowell, and Karla Tye
2) Ewing 309 – Survivor’s Perspective: Continuing the conversation with Leah Daughdrill
3) Ewing 334 – NCMEC: Continuing the conversation with John Clark and Angela Aufmuth
4) Ewing 329 – Forensic interview training: Continuing the conversation with Victor Vieth and Dr. Sufna John

Speakers and Panelists

Angela Aufmuth

Angela Aufmuth joined the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 1999. She currently directs the case analysis division, overseeing the child sex trafficking team, case analysis unit, records and access unit, and sex offender tracking team. She has participated in and made presentations at numerous law enforcement investigative training programs and provided technical assistance to law enforcement in the U.S. and for other countries. Aufmuth earned a B.S. in family and child development from Virginia Tech.

John Clark

John F. Clark is president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. His law-enforcement background includes 28 years with the U.S. Marshals Service; he implemented and administered Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act to locate and apprehend fugitive sex offenders. He served as Marshals Service director for five years. Clark also oversaw the implementation and operation of the National Sex Offender Targeting Center. He earned a B.S. from Syracuse University.

Leah Daughdrill

Leah Daughdrill overcame child trafficking and speaks to students across the country about her experiences. She was raised by her grandparents in a small Mississippi town where she was exposed to addiction and abuse at a young age. Upon graduating high school, she moved in with a man who had dealt drugs to her family for years. He beat her, sold her, and kept her high and afraid for three years—until she entered rehab.

Susan Hutchinson

Susan Hutchinson, first lady of Arkansas, is a longtime advocate for organizations working with abused children. She spent several years on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County, one of 16 nonprofit Children’s Advocacy Centers around the state that work with abused children. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Hutchinson was class valedictorian of Fulton High School and attended college at Bob Jones University in South Carolina. After graduation, she taught biology and algebra in Memphis.


Sufna John

Sufna John is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Department of Psychiatry. She co-directs the Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma program, which improves outcomes for traumatized children and their families in Arkansas, and the Complex Trauma Assessment Program, which provides trauma-informed evaluation services for high-risk children in the Arkansas child welfare system. John received a KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Scholar Award for her mental-health work with preschool-aged children.

Donna and Percy Malone

Donna Malone is the wife of former Arkansas State Senator and Delta State alumnus Percy Malone. She was born in Texas and moved to Arkansas as a child with her family. She graduated from Henderson State University with a degree in psychology. With help from her husband, she helped establish the Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center in Arkadelphia and serves a vice chairman of the board of directors. Professionally, she manages Malone Supreme Angus Ranch, LLC.

Hunter Nowell

Hunter Nowell, raised in Cleveland, Mississippi, is a fourth generation Bolivar County resident. He graduated with honors from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in finance and received a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law. In 2014, Nowell was appointed to the Bolivar County Court and Youth Court by Gov. Phil Bryant. Nowell has subsequently been elected twice to the Bolivar County Court and serves on the county’s Family First Initiative steering committee.

Karla Steckler Tye

Karla Steckler Tye is the executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi. Over the course of her career, she has been the director of three child advocacy centers, provided therapeutic services for survivors of abuse, conducted hundreds of forensic interviews, and offered expert courtroom testimony. She graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1999 with a master’s of science degree in art therapy and received the program’s highest award for clinical, academic, and research excellence.

Victor Vieth

Victor Vieth is the director of education and research for the Zero Abuse Project. He is also the president of the Academy on Violence and Abuse and founder of the National Child Protection Training Center. He has trained thousands of child protection professionals and been instrumental in implementing state and international forensic interview training programs and undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment. He graduated magna cum laude from Winona State University and from Hamline University School of Law.

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