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Cyber Victimization

June 9 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This one hour and forty-five minute webinar training is for service professionals who serve crime victims & their families.

Additional Dates & Times:

Tuesday, June 24 ~ 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM

Tuesday, 30 ~ 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Maximum Participants: 30

Location: Zoom Webinar

Training Contact: Anne Litecky, VASIII, Program Coordinator, 410-837-5055, alitecky@ubalt.edu

TITLE: Cyber-Victimization

1. Define the term cyber-victimization and examine victimization patterns.

2. Examine the possible emotional, social and financial impact of cyber-crime on individuals, organizations, and society.

3. Identify and analyze reasons and motivations of cyber-victimization, and patterns of future cyber-victimization.

4. Describe the types of secondary issues and behavioral risks derived from cyber crimes

5. Identify and analyze victim participation in the criminal justice system decision-making, victim services and restitution, and restorative justice initiatives.


Dr. Melvin de la Cruz currently teaches post-graduate courses in the Forensic Science Cyber Investigations program with the University of Baltimore. Dr. de la Cruz has over 14 years of professional experience in the criminal justice field. Employed as a federal law enforcement officer (Special Agent) for the US Department of Labor, US Department of Justice, and the US Department of Homeland Security. Also worked as a surveillance officer assigned to a sex-offender unit with the State of Arizona. BA Mathematics, MA Intelligence & Security Studies, MPA Public Administration, PhD Computational Linguistics. Areas of academic research/interest include cyber investigations, forensic linguistics, machine learning, mathematical logical language and artificial intelligence, language pathology, criminology and brain scans using (f)MRI.

Fluent in English, Spanish and Arabic. Published work includes two academic journal articles, one edited book, four technical papers, one of which became the basis for wireless telecommunications law in the USA.


RVAAM selected curriculum has been approved for specific professions (e.g. social work, law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole) Participants will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and are welcome to ask for academic credits. All participants will receive a Certificate of Training (1 credit per hour).

2020 V-STEP: Regional Victim Services Advanced Trainings are held in 5 regional locations across Maryland. Please contact Anne Litecky, V-STEP Program Coordinator for information or to schedule a training at your agency or organization.


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