2010 NLETC Speakers
Mr. Neville W. Cramer
Mr. Cramer has over twenty six years of federal government experience with specialties in executive level leadership and training with the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). He has held numerous executive positions within the INS such as Deputy Assistant Commissioner/Office of Enforcement, Special Agent-in-Charge/Office of International Affairs, and Chief of the Immigration Officer Academy/Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
He began his immigration law enforcement career as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent in Eagle Pass, Texas. Shortly after graduating from the Border Patrol Academy he was promoted to the position of Special Agent and served in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C. As a field supervisor, he was responsible for investigations relating to immigration fraud, welfare fraud, counterfeiting of immigration documents and alien smuggling. He also assisted other agencies in disrupting foreign intelligence operations within the U.S.
During his first tenure at INS Headquarters (1985 – 1990), Mr. Cramer established and implemented the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program. This verification system was mandated for nationwide use under the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. The SAVE system has developed into Homeland Security’s E-Verify Program. Cramer was nominated for the U.S. Attorney General’s Award in 1988, and also received one of INS’s highest achievement awards that same year.
Neville Cramer earned his bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of Arizona, and his master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the George Washington University. He is a graduate of the United States Border Patrol Academy and was the first Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Special Agent selected to attend the prestigious FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia.
He is a subject matter expert on the political/economic impact of legal and illegal immigration, E-Verify employment status verification, I-9 procedures, and passport/visa/document fraud. In conjunction with members of Congress, he helped promote legislation that brought about the use of ‘smart’ technology to prevent passport and immigration document fraud. In 2009-2010, he taught overseas in Yemen and Algeria with the Government’s Antiterrorism Assistance Program.
Mr. Cramer has authored two books relating to U.S. immigration challenges, including his latest “Immigration Chaos.” He has been featured on several nationally syndicated television and radio programs addressing immigration issues including CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”
John Demand is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and corporate security. He has served as corporate security director for two Fortune 500 corporations. In 2006 he attended a counter terrorism training mission in Israel. Upon returning he was convinced that much could be learned from what the Israelis are doing to train their military and law enforcement officers. Since then he has dedicated himself to research and development of training programs for law enforcement and security professionals to improve their observation and critical thinking skills. John is a student of the late Col. John Boyd, developer of the OODA Loop (OBSERVE –ORIENT – DECIDE – ACT) and believes that police officers can be trained to be better observers and orient themselves through situational awareness. These skills can give them the essential edge to be safer and victorious when facing adversaries. Currently, he has developed a Rapid Threat Recognition training program and a program called FACE WISE to train LE professionals’ better facial recognition skills.
He will demonstrate both the Rapid Threat Recognition and FACE WISE training programs at the NLETC using a very interactive training methodology developed by Turning Technologies, who is an exhibitor at the conference.
Donna Hodges is employed with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as a Research and Training Specialist. She began her career with the FDLE in July 1978, in the Division of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS). She has worked in various areas of the Division, including Uniform Crime Reports, Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse (MEPIC), CJIS Help Desk, and the Sexual Offender Unit.
In her current assignment Donna serves as the AMBER and Silver Alert Coordinator for Florida within the Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse (MEPIC). She is a certified Crime Intelligence Analyst and coordinates research involving the development of new methods and techniques regarding missing persons’ issues, and conducts training to law enforcement. She acts as a liaison between criminal justice and non-criminal justice agencies regarding the use and maintenance of the Florida AMBER and Silver Alert Plans and MEPIC system. Donna also serves as a customer service representative for FDLE at criminal justice and non-criminal justice community meetings, advocating the agency’s role in missing children/persons investigations. Other tasks include analytical support for the Unit, issuing AMBER, Missing Child, and Silver Alerts, and assisting with the coordination of the Florida Missing Children’s Day ceremony.
Donna has received numerous Meritorious Service and Superior Achievement awards, as well as Certificate of Commendations throughout her career with the FDLE, several involving the implementation of the Florida AMBER and Silver Plans. In October 2008, Donna was awarded the “National AMBER Alert Coordinator of the Year Award” by the United States Department of Justice.
Detective John McDowell
Ret. Superintendent Joe Miller
Mr. Miller has served as an independent contractor for the U S Government since 2001, providing course development and training services in the area of incident management. He has provided this training in several foreign countries and continues to do so as the need arises. Although his training has general applications, the concentration is on response to terrorist activities. In addition, Mr. Miller continues to serve as a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, developing and teaching law enforcement leadership topics to team leaders, first line supervisors, middle and senior level managers. During this period he has updated and formatted in excess of 50 lesson plans as well as developed new lesson plans from scratch. He is now certified in and can teach all of the courses offered by the FLETC Leadership Institute (LELI). The LELI trains in excess of 2000 students a year at the FLETC or in an export mode.
Anna Rodriguez founded the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (FCAHT) in 2004. FCAHT, is an International and Domestic Anti-Trafficking Agency, a 501(c)(3) organization that has been helping victims of human trafficking since it’s creation. As FCAHT’s founder, Anna Rodriguez had her first experience with a Human Trafficking case in 1999; U.S. vs. Tecum. Anna served as a victim advocate with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and an outreach coordinator for the Immokalee Shelter for Abused Women in Collier County, Florida for 10 years. Her first human trafficking case developed from a “home visitation”, following up on a domestic violence incident. She noticed the presence of a young female who turned out to be a victim of human trafficking. Anna identified “red flags” that made her suspicious and eventually she helped get the victim out. Today the Tecum case has become a major case study by agencies including USDOJ, FSU, Croft Institute for International and New York Times. Anna was also able to identify and work with the FBI and USDOJ on a domestic servitude and sex trafficking case known as the “ Blackjack “ case, in which she also assisted ICE.
FCAHT works closely with community service providers to provide victims with emergency food and shelter, medical and psychological treatment and other services as needed to help these individuals restore their lives and their freedoms. FCAHT provides training to law enforcement agencies, medical facilities, faith based, civil and community organizations to bring awareness and recognition to the signs and symptoms of Human Trafficking. To schedule a training presentation for your group, call (727) 442-3064. FCAHT also works very closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco County Sheriff’s offices and local law enforcement agencies in investigations and prosecutions of traffickers as well as providing advocacy for the victims of human trafficking.
Anna’s work has been recognized by author David Batstone in his book "Not for Sale", as well as a human trafficking documentary produced by Robert Macarrelli. Anna has also been recognized by Producer Michael Cory Davis on Cargo: Innocence Lost, Marynoll Production on Lives for Sale, The Florida Channel on Crossroads: Slavery in Florida, CBS Evening News and CBS Early Show, Univision, Telemundo, Wink TV News, Fox News, CNN, Atlanta Journal, Miami Times, Terra Communications, Naples Daily News and News Press. She is currently working on 1 human trafficking book and 2 documentaries. Anna has received numerous recognitions and awards for her passion and dedication to identify, rescue and restore victims lives. Anna travels around the nation speaking and training law enforcement, community organizations and faith based organizations about human trafficking.
Today, the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking has offices in Tampa, Orlando, Bonita Springs and Pensacola, Florida. They have also established 4 new Rescue and Restore Coalitions in the State of Florida as well as 3 Human Trafficking Task Forces.