Desmond Runyan, email: Desmond.Runyan@childrenscolorado.org
Professor of Social Medicine, Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina from 1981 to 2011. He is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado (Denver) and Director of the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect from August 2011.
For 32 years Dr. Runyan has combine his research on child abuse with his work as a pediatrician. He has authored over 100 articles and book chapters on the subject since 1974. He also heads the largest longitudinal study on the consequences of child abuse which has been conducted to date (LONGSCAN), with a follow-up of abused children or those at risk of abuse spanning more than 20 years. Dr. Runyan has worked with the WHO and UNICEF in epidemiological studies of child maltreatment. He has directed a project for the develop of new instruments to evaluate child maltreatment (ICAST) which has been used by more than 120 scientists from 40 countries. He is currently a member of the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).
Neuropsychiatrist, pediatric psychiatrist, psychotherapist and family therapist recognized by EFTA (European Family Therapy Association). Post-graduate professor in psychotherapy and systematic social intervention of the Catholic University of Louvain (1983-1998). He is the clinical responsible of the Program of Child-abuse Prevention and Treatment (S.O.S Enfants–Famille Program of the same university 1984-1997). Founder and current director of EXIL Belgium and Spain (Pshico-Social-Medical Center for victims of violence, torture and violation of Human Rights). Consultant and Supervisor of prevention and treatment programs in Latin America, Belgium, France and Spain. Supervisor and trainer of professional teams working in that area. Founder of the IFIV, in the year 2000. Professor in several Spanish, European and Chilean universities in post-graduate programs related with prevention and treatment of the effects of violence against children, women, family and community. Author of several articles and books about child abuse and treatment, parenting skills and resiliency.
David Finkelhor is Director of Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977. He is well known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse. He has also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence and other forms of family violence. In his recent work, for example, his book, Child Victimization (Oxford University Press, 2008), he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology.
Federal Judge. Chair of the Federal Criminal Court N° 1 from La Plata, Buenos Aires Province. Founding member of the Argentine Association for Preventing Child-Youth Violence (ASAMPI). Founding member of the Democratic Justice Forum (FOJUDE). Professor of postgraduate courses in the Faculty of Psychology of the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires and Universidades Nacionales de La Plata and Mar del Plata. Professor of courses about mistreatment and gender violence in the la Universidad Nacional a Distancia (UNED), Spain. Teacher at judges and prosecutors training programs in Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Honduras. Author of several studies and co-author of books published both in Argentina and abroad. Author of the book "Child Sexual Abuse. Silence or Report?”.
of the law 25,852 that modified the Code of Criminal Procedures of
Argentina. This law regulates children statements in police stations or
courts. He was awarded the "B´NAI B´RITH HUMAN RIGHTS” 2007. He was also
awarded by the Justice Association of Buenos Aires in 2007 for his
performance in trials about violations against human rights in 2007. The
Confederation of Educational Workers of Argentina (CTERA) gave him the
"Master of Life Tribute 2008”. He was recognized by the Chamber of
Deputies of Argentina for his performance in trials of crimes against
humanity. He was declared Distinguished Citizen of Cipolleti in 2013. He
is the member of the Council of Notables of the Coordinating Committee
for the Elaboration of Sanctions against Gender Violence (CONSAVIG) of
the Ministry of Justice. Medal of Honor of the National Congress of
Argentina by his work in trials for crimes against humanity (2012)
Irene Intebi is a psychiatrist for children and youth and a clinical psychologist who has worked in the field of child abuse - in the areas of prevention, treatment and interdisciplinary training - since 1985. She has worked, directed and advised various governmental and nongovernmental interdisciplinary projects in Latin America and Europe and is the Former President of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). She is serving as Co-Chair for the 8th International Conference Latin American on child abuse and Child Sexual abuse (Chile, October 2013).
She is a reknown lecturer and international speaker on issues of child protection and has written books and articles on child abuse and child neglect in Spanish and English. Dr. Intebi is the author of "Child sexual abuse: In the best families" (Doubleday, 1997) and "Protect, repair, penalize: evaluation of suspected child sexual abuse" (Granica, 2011).