Countdown to FBINCAAA Leadership Conference
We are less than 45 days away from the annual FBINCAAA Leadership Conference (September 3-6, 2014), which is being held in beautiful Indianapolis, Indiana. The Conference Committee has planned three outstanding days of meetings, briefings, and Chapter cross-talk. The highlight of the Conference will be a luncheon address by the FBI Director James Comey. We hope that every FBICAAA Chapter will be represented at this event. Reservations may be paid by credit or debit card on our website:
or mail your reservation form and check (payable to FBINCAAA) to:
6263 N. Scottsdale Rd #255
Scottsdale, Az 85250
If you have questions please contact:
Libby Roberts at email@example.com or
Ella Fong at VPconferences@fbincaaa.org.
(Standing left to right: USA Criminal Chief Eric Johnson, ASAC Rick Brodsky, ASAC Randall Bolelli, ASAC Bill Stern, SAC Laura Bucheit, and US Attorney Daniel Bogden)
“A Night with the FBI, DOJ, and Interfaith Community Leaders”
FBI Las Vegas - Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST)
On May 21, 2014, the FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBI LV CAAA) sponsored a Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) entitled, “A Night with The FBI, DOJ, and Interfaith Community Leaders.” The program was designed to introduce federal law enforcement executives to the interfaith, clergy, and religious leaders of Southern Nevada. This was the first CREST of its kind in the Las Vegas Division. Approximately fifty (50) interfaith leaders, Citizens Academy graduates, FBI LV CAAA members, and guests attended the event.
The program began with a welcome from FBI LV CAAA President Valerie Murzl and prayer by FBI Chaplain Gary Morefield.
Special Agent in Charge Laura A. Bucheit opened the evening explaining the purpose of the event was to foster a greater understanding of the role of federal law enforcement in the community through education and discussion. She presented the FBI priorities and goals. ASACs Randall Bolelli, William Stern, and Rick Brodsky gave overviews of their respective branches and the federal laws each branch investigates. U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden presented the U.S. Attorney’s role and how the USAO and FBI work together to prosecute federal crimes. The evening concluded with a question and answer session.
The event was held at the Law Offices of Gordon & Silver, Howard Hughes Parkway, Las Vegas. NV. A light meal was also provided.
Story submitted by: Holly James, FBI Las Vegas Community Outreach Specialist
The Las Vegas Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBILVCAAA) partnered with Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy for this year’s FBI Adopt-A-School Program (2013-2014). Agassi Academy is a charter school in the Clark County School District. It is located one block east of the FBI Las Vegas Field Office in a socio-economically disadvantaged neighborhood. The academy houses three schools, elementary, middle, and high school, grades K-12.
FBI Las Vegas Adopt-A-School - Junior Special Agents Program (2013-2014)
The FBI Junior Special Agents Academy was offered to the fifth grade classes of the elementary school. Classes were held weekly and included subjects such as: “What is the FBI?”; “Civil Rights”; “Gangs and Drugs”; “Victims’ Rights”; “Internet Safety and Cyber Crimes”; “Careers in the FBI”; “Evidence Gathering”; and “Photography.”
As part of Crime Prevention Month in October, the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Director Phyllis Friedman (2011 Citizens Academy graduate and Board member of the FBILVCAAA) treated the fifth grade to exercises and activities to learn about bullying from the ADL program “No Place For Hate.”
FBILVCAAA members dedicated time, talents, and funding to make this year’s adoption very special. Board members presented binders and notebooks to the students, playground equipment to the classes, and boxes of classroom supplies to the teachers. CAAA members supported the program with monetary donations and by volunteering to participate in a special Career Day. The FBILVCAAA also funded field trips to University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and College of Southern Nevada (CSN).
Graduation was held in the large activity room. FBI employees, alumni, and parents were invited to this special event. Admission for FBI employees and alumni members who wished to attend was donations for the holiday food baskets and blankets. Assistant Special Agent in Charge Randall Bolelli administered the oath to the new Junior Special Agents and then presented their badges and credentials. The FBILVCAAA awarded gifts to the top student from each class, and Student of the Year. A reception was held after the ceremony.
Story submitted by: Holly James, FBI Las Vegas Community Outreach Specialist
FBI Director James Comey Leads “Operation Cross Country”
Law enforcement officials rescued 168 child victims of commercial sex trafficking in a nationwide sweep during the past week and arrested 281 alleged pimps, the FBI said Monday.
The recoveries and arrests took place in 106 cities as part of a week-long campaign targeting truck stops, casinos, websites that advertise dating or escort services and metro areas populated by strip clubs and pornography stores.
This is the eighth time the FBI has coordinated a nationwide crackdown, FBI Director James Comey said. Known as “Operation Cross Country,” the effort involved 54 FBI field divisions and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Last week's operation is part of a larger initiative that in the past seven years has identified and recovered about 3,400 children who have been sexually exploited, the FBI said. The operation also has led to 1,450 convictions, 14 life prison terms and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.
"Operation Cross Country” reveals that children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day," said John Ryan, president and CEO of the National Center.
Operations in Oregon led to the recovery of one minor child and the identification of 20 adult prostitutes, many of whom had been trafficked since they were 13 or 14 years old, FBI's Portland office reported. Police officers in Portland, Beaverton and Eugene each arrested one trafficker on state charges of promoting prostitution.
The largest number of children, 18, were recovered in Denver. Denver area police on Friday arrested a 19-year-old man, who is accused of repeatedly slapping a 16-year-old runaway when she didn't collect enough money from her "dates," according to court documents. The girl told police she was taken from hotel to hotel to perform sex acts and was too scared to flee.
"These are not children living in some faraway place, far from everyday life," Director Comey said. "These are our children: On our streets…Our truck stops…Our motels. These are America's children."
Initial arrests often involve violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation, the FBI said. Information gleaned from those arrested frequently uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states.
FBI agents develop this evidence in partnership with U.S. Attorney's Offices and the Justice Department's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section so that prosecutors can help bring federal charges in cities where child prostitution occurs.
Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, established in 2003 by the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Justice Department and the national center.
Contributing: Trevor Hughes, USA Today (23 Jun 2014)
Photo by Mark Wilson, Getty Images
Region 5's New Regional Chapter Coordinator: Omar Siddiqui
Omar A. Siddiqui is a 2010 Graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. He is a founding partner of the law firm Ulwelling | Siddiqui LLP in Southern California. The primary focuses of Mr. Siddiqui's practice include civil and business litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.
He obtained a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University, and holds Master of Science (M.S.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC).
Mr. Siddiqui and his high-profile cases have appeared in prominent media circuits including television, radio and newspapers. Mr. Siddiqui was also selected as "Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine for three consecutive years. From simple transactions to complex high-stakes litigation to working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as an advisor on Counter-Terrorism matters, he is known for his innovative solutions, investigations, and case strategies. Trial Lawyer. Problem Solver
Mr. Siddiqui served as Chairman of the Board of the FBI Los Angeles Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBI LA CAAA) for two years (2012-2014). Mr. Siddiqui was tasked to create a new FBI LA CAAA organization to serve the needs of the FBI, the FBI LA Field Office, and the Citizens Academy alumni. During his tenure, Chairman Siddiqui created and drafted the organizational structure and foundational documents and coordinated multiple Citizens Academies, events, and programs.
We welcome Omar to the National Board as a Co-RCC and anticipate great things for Region 5.
Region 3's New Co-Regional Chapter Coordinator - John Peroyea
John L. Peroyea is the new Co-RCC for Region 3. He is a 2009 graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy with the FBI Dallas Headquarters. John just completed serving as President for two years as President of the FBI Dallas Citizens Academy Alumni Association, and now begins a two year term as Past President and Board Member, and to date has served on that Board for four years. John was President of North Texas InfraGard in 2013.
John serves as a Regional Vice President of Salem Communications Corporation, and also serves as Vice President - General Manager of KLTY- FM, KWRD-FM, KSKY 660 AM THE ANSWER, KVCE-AM and KTNO-AM-FM in Dallas, Texas. He oversees all Salem markets in Texas including Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. John joined Salem in July 1999.
John’s 39 year career in broadcast management began when he acquired his first radio station at the age of 23. Since then, John has served as President/C.E.O/Owner of three of his own radio groups before joining Salem Communications.
Highlights of John’s career include being named the Louisiana Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters; receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters; receiving numerous nominations for General Manager of the Year by the Country Radio Broadcasters and McVay Media, and accepting the award for Marketer of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives International. Just months ago he was named one of the Top Ten Broadcast Managers in America by Radio Ink Magazine, and award he has received several times prior. John is a past member of Young Presidents Organization.
Stations under John’s ownership and management have received awards for Radio Station of the Year, Promotion of the Year, Outstanding Community Service, Humanitarian Award for Public Service, and “Best of the Best” Promotion for Station Enhancement from various broadcasting organizations. The National Association of Broadcasters also recognized stations under John’s ownership or management have been awarded the prestigious Marconi Award seven times.
John served over eight years as President of the Association of Radio Broadcasters of Dallas- Ft.Worth. John currently serves on the Executive Board and is President Emeritus of the North Texas InfraGard, a public-private Association that serves the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He had also served as a three term President of the Eagles Nest Property Owner’s Association, the homeowner’s association of the Airport Community where he and his family have lived since 1999.
Away from work, John is active in several charitable, civic and church-related organizations. He also indulges in his passion for aviation, piloting his twin engine Aero Commander 560A, Cessna 337A and Cessna 152, and is currently refurbishing a Cessna 150.
Chapter Presidents, as well as Chapter Board Members, are invited to participate in RCC Meetings (via telecon) in accordance with the above schedule. Presidents: If you cannot make the scheduled time, please designate another member of your Board to participate and speak for your chapter.
July 2014 Regional Chapter Coordinator (RCC) Meetings