Ritualistic Crimes and Religious Extremism II This 40-hour course combines two of our Ritualistic Crime Investigations courses and combines them into a single weeklong presentation. The course includes the Cultural Anthropology for Crime Scene Investigators Course and the Investigating Crimes Involving the Narco Culture. The courses are approved for 40 hours of certification training credit by the International Association for Identification’s Crime Scene Certification Board.
This course will be of special interest to investigators and forensic technicians who work in areas where there is the presence of drug cartel activity.
Cultural Anthropology for Crime Scene Investigators
Cultural Anthropology for Crime Scene Investigators is a hands-on course combining lecture, multi-media presentation and activities designed to familiarize investigators with cross-cultural encounters with practitioners, artifacts, and sacred spaces at crime scenes. Investigators will become familiar with traditional cultures frequently misidentified as ‘cults’ as opposed to living traditional cultures. Students in this class will gain an understanding of cultural anthropology and its application to interpretation of ceremonies, rites of passage and material culture. The class will look at cultural relativism and controversial topics including animal sacrifice and the use of human remains in religious shrines. The class focuses on communicating respect for cultural traditions while focusing on performing professional investigations.
Key Topics Include:
The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft
The Presence of Culture at Crime Scenes
Shrines and Sacred Spaces
Cross-Cultural Communication with Practitioners
Trends in Religion and the Cultural use of Psychotropic Drugs
Trends in Human Trafficking and Cultural Appropriation
Religious Artifacts and Evidence
Avoiding Violating Sacred Activities and Constitutional Protection
The Appropriation of Religion by Criminal Organizations
The first portion of this training will focus on normative practices of traditional religious cultures with the focus on understanding artifacts, shrines and ceremonies. The second portion of this training will introduce attendees to the exploitation and appropriation of religion by criminal enterprises.
Rituals and ceremonies can provide a therapeutic channel for those involved in criminal activities. Rituals performed for protection from police, rivals and the success of criminal activity have been identified in many countries including the U.S., Colombia, Mexico and throughout Europe. Human traffickers are utilizing the traditions of Sub-Saharan Africa in the procurement and maintaining of victims. Drug traffickers have been observed appropriating deeply held spiritual traditions of Latin-America as a means of psychological empowerment and inspiration for ritualistic violence.
Street level appropriation of religious culture including the use of sacred artifacts for protection and furtherance of criminal activity will be discussed. Use of religious ideologies as forms of control found among case histories of drug trafficking organizations such as La Familia Michoacan and Los Caballeros Templarios will be examined.
Information specific to crime scene investigation including the documentation and collection of artifacts will be examined. Potential threats to scene safety including the presence of biohazards and toxins will be covered. Participants will learn about specific herbs, powders and resins used in spiritual protection ceremonies. Actual examples of spells and magical workings documented among various criminal organizations will be demonstrated. A hands-on training exercise will provide participants with an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge attained in this intensive training course.
Key Topics Include:
Criminal Investigations: Drug Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Ritualistic Crimes
Crime Scene Investigations: Photographing and Processing the Scene, Identification and Collection of Physical Evidence, Identification of Bio-Hazards
Forensic Aspects: Identification of Animal and Human Remains, Identification of Tattoos and Ritualistic Markings, Threats and Sociolinguistics, Toxicology Issues
This specialized information makes this course relevant for Border Patrol Agents, Drug Enforcement Agents, DHS, FBI, ATF, Customs Enforcement and state and local law enforcement officers on the front lines combatting human and narcotics trafficking.
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