2020 Annual TCSAAC Conference
Unfortunately, due to the recent health concerns, the Tarrant County Sexual Abuse Advisory Council Conference has been POSTPONED to a future date not yet determined. Regarding outstanding Registration Fees, your registration confirmation will remain secured until a decision is made about the rescheduled date of the Conference. An invoice will be sent to you or your agency if we are able to secure a future date. If the Conference is cancelled, refunds will be extended at that time.
Thank you for your support as we navigate these unusual circumstances.
TCSAAC Conference Committee
Mitch Poe Award
Each year, TCSAAC honors a professional who distinguishes himself/herself as a passionate defender of victims of sexual abuse. The Mitch Poe Award is presented in honor of the distinguished prosecutor, Mitch Poe, who dedicated much of his career to the Crimes Against Children Unit at the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office. The award honors the efforts and hard work of others in the community as they strive to provide a voice for victims, as Mitch Poe did.
Previous recipients include:
2019: Kim D'Avingnon, Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
- Kim D'Avignon has been with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's office since February 2001. She has worked in a variety of areas at the Distritct Attorney's office including Narcotics, Family Violence, Crimes Against Children and is currently a Felony Court Chief. She serves as a member of the Tarrant County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), as well as volunteers much of her time to helping children who are grieving the death of a family member.
2018: Officer Domingo Martinez III, Fort Worth Police Department
- Officer Martinez has served as an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Investigator for 6 years. The ICAC unit works in conjunction with the Fort Worth Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit. Their primary mission is to investigate Online Solicitation of a Minor, Possession/Promotion of Child Pornography, and other internet-related crimes involving children. Officer Martinez works diligently to identify and apprehend these types of offenders. Officer Martinez is also a Federal Task Force Officer with the FBI's Dallas Child Exploitation Task Force, a member of the North Texas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and a member of the Homeland Security Investigations Task Force.
2017: Birdville Independent School District (BISD)
- For 30 years, BISD has provided sexual assault and abuse prevention to their students. They work with community partners to ensure that professionals in the field are brought into schools to provide research and evidence-informed programs on multiple levels of the prevention spectrum.
2016: LaTasha Jackson-McDougle
- Case Manager for the RISE program and Tarrant County CSCD. She is a tireless advocate on behalf of victims of domestic violence. She heads the organization, Cheryl's Voice, in honor of her mother, which offers education, intervention, and advocacy on behalf of victims. In connection with their physical abuse, many of those victims were also sexually abused and trafficked. The RISE program was created in 2011, which is for women who have experienced significant sexual trauma and who have frequently been ushered into a life of prostitution. They are also identified as suffering from mental illness and drug addiction. The RISE program represents possibly their last chance to recover from the trauma suffered at the hands of others. The success of the RISE program is in large part a direct result of Ms. Jackson-McDougle's exemplary work.
2015: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE)
- These dedicated nurses at John Peter Smith Hospital have advanced education and instruction in medical forensic examination and in psychological and emotional trauma. SANE nurses may also provide expert testimony in a court of law. These SANE nurses are dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate care in a safe and private environment.
2013: Alana Minton
- Chief Prosecutor of the Crimes Against Children Unit in the
Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. She has worked for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office since 1997, holding
her current position since 2007. She has dedicated her career to protecting children and all those effected by sexual abuse. She works
tirelessly in training and supporting an excellent staff who share her passion for helping victims and ensuring that victims have rights.
This person has provided valuable information during past workshops and continually goes over and above to help the community.
2012: Sheila B. Johnson
- She is an outstanding member of the community whose name is
synonymous with victims’ rights and protecting children. If there is something that has happened in the field of protecting
children or advocating for rights of victims, this person has likely been instrumental in it. She is committed to Justice for
Children and Changing the Lives of Children. She is always willing to be hands-on and do whatever is needed to help the
community. She invests much of her time and expertise to help the community and advocate for the care of children and
families in Tarrant County. She has worked a lifetime creating organizations, such as the Alliance for Children. She is
the past Chair of the Tarrant County CPS Board. She is the secretary of the Amon G. Carter Foundation Board of Directors.
She and her foundation have continually provided funding to multiple agencies to help with research and protecting children
2011: David Montague
- Former prosecutor for the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office.
2010: Rona Stratton-Smith and Lisa Gabbert
- Stemming from the murder of Rona’s sister and Lisa’s rape, the two have managed to turn tragedy into a movement for change and triumph –
not only in their own case but in the state and nation. Their journey, self admittedly, only has an end when there are no more sexually
violent predators. This is a journey they willingly make through agencies, courts, and legislative sessions.
They made the declared shift from victim to more than merely survivors – to forces to be reckoned with in Texas.
2009: Bubba Schafer
- In 2002, he was credited for apprehending a serial rapist, Manuel Salamanca, Jr.
The police in Arlington, Cleburne, Burleson, and Benbrook had been looking for the rapist for six years after being linked to nine rapes.
Salamanca Jr. was then convicted and sentenced to two life sentences. Bubba has since dedicated his life to helping victims of abuse.
2008: Mitch Poe
- Tarrant County District Attorney for whom this award was named after. Mr. Poe was instrumental in advocating for victims' rights.