Woman abducted as infant speaks at Crimes Against Children Conference
This week, 20 of our employees attended the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas. The annual conference, which started in 1988, is the country’s premier training event for professionals working to combat child victimization.
This year, our staff collectively gave seven presentations, but one of those was likely more impactful than the others. For the first time, Carlina White, a woman abducted as an infant, spoke before a group of law enforcement professionals.
Carlina was abducted from her parents when she was 19 days old after they’d brought her to a New York City Hospital. When she was 23 years old, Carlina found pictures of herself on our website and called our hotline, eventually becoming reunited with her biological parents.
Carlina presented with Sheryl Stokes, a member of our Family Advocacy Division who’s worked with Carlina since her identity was learned. Their session, titled “Carlina White: Infant Abduction through the Eyes of a Survivor and Lessons Learned from Professionals,” left attendees tearing up as they heard how her abduction impacted her life and those of her loved ones.
“I wanted to help law enforcement understand how long-term missing children are emotionally impacted by their abductions,” Carlina said. “I hope that if they have this understanding, other children like me will have the support they need to live happy and successful lives.”
This isn’t the first year we’ve participated in the Crimes Against Children Conference. Members of our team have attended for close to 20 years — delivering unique presentations and sharing what we’ve learned about helping to keep children safer.
“It is essential we attend this event, not only to share our knowledge and expertise but to keep up with new information and emerging trends,” said Kristen Anderson, director of Training and Outreach.
We are so proud of Carlina for sharing her story and thank the law enforcement professionals who attended the conference for all they do to fight crimes against children.