Trafficking nets 42.5 to 200 billion per year
New Honorary Director


Project Meridian Foundation Announces a New Honorary Director / Advisor Dr. Eric Hickey


“Combating Human Trafficking of Children and Young Women”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Nathan Wilson
Thursday, September 22, 2009 202-257-0987,
Contact.Us@projectmeridianfoundation.org

Project Meridian Foundation Announces a New Honorary Director / Advisor

Project Meridian Foundation (PMF) proudly announces the addition of Dr. Eric Hickey as a new honorary director / Advisor to its Board of Directors. Nathan Wilson, President and Founder of PMF states, “Dr. Hickey brings unprecedented intellectual added value to the foundation. We proudly welcome him to our organization and look forward to accomplishing our goal of eradicating human trafficking and sex trafficking in the U.S. and rehabilitating the victims of this horrific menace to society.”

DR. ERIC HICKEY
Dr. Hickey is the Dean of the California Center for Forensic Studies at Alliant International University. He has been the Director of the Center for Forensic Studies at Alliant International University.
Dr. Hickey is one of the leading Criminologists in the world today. He also teaches criminal psychology at California State University, Fresno, California. Dr. Hickey has taught many courses in criminal personalities, sex crimes, homicide and psychopathology in universities, colleges, jails and prisons and supervises theses and dissertations involving forensic and criminal psychology. Dr. Hickey has considerable field experience working with the criminally insane, psychopaths, sex offenders and other habitual criminals. He has also served as an adjunct instructor for the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina profiling stalkers, cyber-stalkers, criminal personalities and sexual predators.

He publishes books, articles and lectures extensively on the etiology of violence and serial crime. His book, Serial Murderers and Their Victims, 4th ed., Thomson/Wadsworth Publishers, is used as a teaching tool in universities and by law enforcement in studying the nature of violence, criminal personalities and victim-offender relationships. Another of his books, The Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime, Sage Publishers, explores the phenomenon of murder and violence through the eyes of some of the world’s most noted experts. In 2006 he published Sex Crimes and Paraphilia (Prentice-Hall Publishers), a comprehensive examination of sexual perversions, sex offending and sexual predators. His latest coauthored book, The Myth of a Psychiatric Crime Wave, (Carolina Academic Press) examines the misperceptions and reality of the mentally ill and mentally disordered as criminals. He is currently writing another text examining criminal minds and criminal personalities. He is also writing his first novel, In Sane, a disturbing journey into the minds of psychotics, psychopaths and the criminally insane. Dr. Hickey is co-founder of Gambaru Productions and is developing a new television series, Predators, to assist crime survivors (See predators.tv).

His expertise is regularly sought by the media including appearances on CNN, Catherine Crier Live, NPR, Larry King Live, 20/20, A&E Biography, Good Morning America, Court TV, Discovery and TLC. He consults with private agencies and testifies as an expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. A former consultant to the FBI’s UNABOM Task Force, Dr. Hickey currently assists local, state, and federal law enforcement in training and investigations. This includes assisting Peace Officer Service Training (POST) in developing course material and job aids for investigators. He also conducts seminars for agencies involving the profiling and investigating of sex crimes, arson, robbery, homicide, stalking, workplace violence and terrorism as well as workshops for mental health practitioners. Internationally recognized for his research on multiple homicide offenders, Dr. Hickey has conducted seminars in several countries including Canada, England, France, and Japan. He has also trained VIP protection specialists in Israel in profiling stalkers. His research involving hundreds of victims of stalking examines the psychology and classification of stalkers, victim-offender relationships, intervention, and threat assessment.

PUBLICATIONS:
Books
The Myth of A Psychiatric Crime Wave: Public Perception, Juror Research and Mental Illness. Corey Vitello, co-author. Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina, (2006). 250 pgs.
Sex Crimes and Paraphilia. Editor, Prentice-Hall Publisher, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. (2006). 550 pgs.
Serial Murderers and Their Victims, 4th Edition, Thomson/Wadsworth Publishing Company (ITP), Belmont, California. (2006). 396 pgs.
Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime. Editor, Sage Publishers, Thousand Oaks, CA. (2003) 550 pgs.
Controversial Issues in Criminology, Allyn and Bacon Publishers, Boston, MA, Co-editor: Dr. John Fuller. (1999). 256 pgs.

Book Chapters
“Cultural Development of Monsters, Demons, and Evil” in Violence and Society: A reader, edited by Matthew Silberman, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall Publishers, 2003.
“An Interview With A Serial Murderer” in In Their Own Words: Criminals On Crime, edited by Paul Cromwell, Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Publishers, 2002.
“Female Serial Murderesses: Constructing Differentiating Typologies,” in Elliot Leyton’s (ed.) Serial Murder. Ashgate Publishing. Co-authored with Ronald M. Holmes and Stephen Holmes. 1999.
“Trauma-Control Model in Serial Murder” in Criminology in the 1990s, edited by Conklin, John, New York: Allyn & Bacon Publishers, 1996.
“Victimization Prevention: A Review of Missing and Murdered Children” in Helping Crime Victims: A National Survey, Albert R. Roberts editor, Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publishers, 1990.
“The Etiology of Victimization in Serial Murder: an Historical and Demographic Analysis,” in Serial Murder: An Elusive Phenomenon, Steven Egger, New York: Praeger Publishers, 1990.

Articles
“The Role of Psychology in Juvenile Fire-setting,” Bay Area Adjuster’s Almanac, Fall 1997.
“Female Serial Murderesses: Constructing Differentiating Typologies,” Contemporary Journal of Criminal Justice, vol.7, No.4, December, 1991. PP. 245-256. Co-authored with Ronald M. Holmes.
“Dealing With Juvenile Delinquency: The Re-education of the Delinquent in the People’s Republic of China,” Co-authors, John D. Hewitt and Robert M. Regoli, pp. 67-81, in Official Responses to Problem Juveniles: Some International Reflections, edited by Jim Hackler, published by the Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain, 1991.
“The Female Serial Murderer, 1800-1986,” Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, Vol. 2, No. 2, October, 1986, pp. 72-81.

Other Publications
Personality Characteristics and Behavior of Violent Criminals. A manual developed for California P.O.S.T. Homicide Investigation courses. Sacramento, CA January, 2005. Co-author: Gary Lowe, LCSW.
Instructors Manual and Test Bank (345 pg.) for Senna and Siegel’s Introduction to Criminal Justice, 5th edition, West Publishing Company, Jan.1990.

ARTICLE & BOOK REVIEWER
Dr. Hickey has reviewed book and article manuscripts for several academic and trade publishers including: Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, American Journal of Criminal Justice, American Sociological Review, Journal of Humanity and Society, Western Criminology Review, University of Chicago Press, Homicide Studies (Sage Press), McGraw-Hill Publishers, Brooks-Cole Publishers, Random House, Dorsey Press, Palgrave-Macmillan Publishers, Prentice-Hall Publishers, Wadsworth Publishers

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Doctor of Philosophy (Social Psychology - Major Specialty Areas: Crime and Deviance; Minor Specialty Area: Medical Sociology, 1985), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
Master of Arts (Sociology - Emphasis in Deviance and Corrections, 1982), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Bachelor of Science (Criminal Justice Administration; French minor, 1975), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
High School Diploma (1969) - Fredericton High School, New Brunswick, Canada

CURRENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2007-present - Professor of Forensic Studies- Alliant International University (Doctoral Program in Forensic Psychology), Fresno, CA.
2006-present – (Part-Time) Professor of Criminal Psychology, California State University, Fresno, CA, Department of Criminology.

COURSES TAUGHT
Criminal Psychology, Sex Crimes, Serial & Mass Murder, Patterns in Homicide, Criminological Theory, Victimology, Criminal Personalities, Institutional Corrections, Juvenile Delinquency, Research Methods

PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2006-Instructor, Special Topics in Criminology Online Program, Department of Criminal Justice Programs, University of Florida.
1990-2006 - Professor, California State University, Fresno, CA, Department of Criminology.
1994-2006 - Adjunct Professor - Fresno City College, Fresno, CA.
1996-2006 - Instructor- Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Jail Division.
2005-2006 - Visiting Professor - Alliant International University (Doctoral Program in Forensic Psychology), Fresno, CA.
2006-Adjunct Professor – University of Florida, Department of Criminology, Law and Society Online Certificate Program.
2005-Instructor - Institut Privé d’Analyse Criminelle et Comportementale (IPACC), (Private Institute for Criminal and Behavioral Analysis), Paris, France.
1996-2005 - Adjunct Professor - Alliant International University (California School of Professional Psychology—Doctoral Program in Forensic Psychology), Fresno, CA.
1999-2001 - Adjunct Instructor, American Prosecutors Research Institute & the National District Attorneys Association, National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina.
1987-1990 - Full time faculty, Ball State University, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Muncie, Indiana.
1981-1987 - Full time faculty, State University of West Georgia, Department of Sociology, Carrollton, Georgia.
1978-1981 - Teaching Assistant and Instructor, Brigham Young University, Department of Sociology, Provo, Utah.

CALIFORNIA TRAINER
Peace Officers Standards and Training. “Paraphilia Profiling in Crime Scene Investigations: Signatures, Trophies and Souvenirs”. San Francisco, CA. May 22nd-24th, 2007.
Alliant International University. “Psychological Profiling: A New Investigative Tool?” Alliant International University Continuing Education Program, San Francisco, March 09, 2007. (CEU Certified).
Alliant Center for Forensic Studies. “The Role of Profiling in Cases of Violent Sexual Predators.” Alliant International University Annual Forensic Research Conference, Fresno, CA. February 02-03.
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma. “Assessing Dangerousness in Maladaptive Behaviors of At-Risk Youth.” Violence in the World of Our Youth, 4th Annual Conference, San Diego, March 20th, 2006. (CEU Certified).
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma. “Assessing Dangerousness in Maladaptive Behaviors of At-Risk Youth.” Violence in the World of Our Youth, 4th Annual Conference, San Diego, March 20th, 2006. (CEU Certified).
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma. “The Origins of Dangerous Traits in Minors: The MacDonald Triad and Other Conduct Disorders.” Violence in the World of Our Youth, 4th Annual Conference, San Diego, March 19th, 2006. (CEU Certified).
Kern County Department of Mental Health. “The Dark Side: the Science of Profiling Criminal Minds and Criminal Behaviors”. Bakersfield, CA. March 17th, 2006. (CEU Certified).
Alliant International University. “The Dark Side: the Science of Profiling Criminal Minds and Criminal Behaviors”. Fresno, CA. December, 2005; San Luis Obispo, CA, July, 2006. (CEU Certified).
California Law Judges’ Institute. “Stalking & Stalkers: Determining Judicial Responses”. California Judicial Council. San Diego, CA. August, 2004.
California Juvenile Officers Association. “Profiling Violent Characteristics in Children: Antecedents to Criminal Behavior. Fresno, CA. March, 2004.
California State Crime Lab, Fresno. “Profiling Violent, Paraphilia Predators in Organized & Disorganized Crime Scenes”. Fresno, CA. February, 2004.
Pleasant Valley State Prison, Topic: Criminal Manipulation by Prison Inmates: Understanding Sociopaths and Psychopaths, Coalinga, CA, June 27, 2002
Fresno County Probation Dept. Boot Camp, Topic: Profiling Violent Childhood Behaviors, Cruthers, CA, March 22, 2001.
Madera County Victim Services, Topic: Parenting & Discipline, Madera, Jan. 25th, 2001
Fresno County Child Protective Services, Topic: Domestic Terrorism and Workplace Violence, October 26, 2001.
Madera County Victim Services, Topic: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Madera, CA October 10, 2000
S.A.R.T. Training (Sexual Assault Response Team). Sponsored by Family Services of Tulare County, Topic: “The Dynamics of Stalking, Paraphilia and Sexual Assault”, Visalia, CA Sept. 2000.
California Association of Crime Lab Directors. Topic: “The Application of Criminal Psychology in a Forensic Environment”, Fresno, CA, Nov. 1999.
California Coalition Against Domestic Abuse. Topic: “Dynamics of Domestic Stalking: Intervention and Prevention Strategies”, Sacramento, CA, Sept. 1999.
Yuba City Unified School District. Topic: “Application of Profiles in Identifying and Deterring Potential Violent Offenders in School Settings: Aftermath of Columbine” Yuba City, CA, Aug. 1999.
Internal Revenue Service Western Region Leadership Conference and Training Seminar. Sponsored by the Association for the Improvement of Minorities in the IRS. Topic: “Workplace Violence” Fresno, CA, Jan 1998.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Topic: “Profiling Juvenile Fire-setters” Santa Rosa, CA, April 1998.
Fresno Fire Department Facilitator. Juvenile Fire-setting Program. Fall 1997-1999.
University of California-Davis, Topic: Reducing Violent Crime Through Environmental Design, Davis, Fall 1997.
California Association of Arson Investigators, Fresno, CA, Topic: Juvenile Fire Setters & Serial Crime. 1996.
Police Officer Standards and Training (POST): To develop an elder abuse training video for law enforcement, 1996.
Fresno County Sheriff’s Homicide Investigation Division, Fresno, CA, Topic: “Criminal Personalities and Homicide”, March, 1996 and Sept. 1996.
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern California District and the Federal Victim-Witness Program, Sacramento, Topic: “Victim’s Rights and Restorative Justice”. 1994
California State Crime Lab, Region 6. “Profiling Serial Rapists”, in Visalia, CA, 1992.

NATIONAL TRAINER
Midwestern Regional Network for Intervention With Sex Offenders & The Indiana Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. “Paraphilia Profiling Among Sexual Predators” Indianapolis, Indiana. May 11th, 2007.
Federal Probation and Pretrial Services. “Stalking Techniques in Predatorial Crime”, Nashville, TN. April 16th-18th, 2007.
Federal Probation and Pretrial Services. “Understanding Paraphilia in Profiling & Managing Sexual Predators”, Nashville, TN. April 16th-18th, 2007.
Bexar County Psychological Association. “Assessment, Intervention and Documentation of Dangerousness in Counseling Forensic Populations”, San Antonio, Texas, February 24th, 2006.
University of Texas at San Antonio. “Profiling and Threat Management of Potentially Dangerous Persons and Situations on Campus”, San Antonio, Texas, September, 2005.
United States 9th District Circuit Court Pretrial Services. “Offender Typologies in Cases of Sexual Assault,” Hawthorne, CA, August, 2005
Colorado Association of Sex Crimes Investigators. “Psychological Profiling Serial Sexual Predators,” Aspen, CO, September 2004.
Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators. Topic: “The Role of Paraphilia in Sex Crimes and Crime Scene Investigation”, La Cross, WI., April, 2004.
The 16th Annual Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse Conference. Three seminars: 1. Profiling Violent Criminals; 2. Understanding Sexual Predators and Their Victims; 3. Profiling Stalkers and Their Victims. Austin, Texas. May, 2003.
Louisiana District Attorney’s Association. Topic: “Profiling Violent Domestic Crime”, Destin, FL, August, 2001
Computer Crimes Against Children: Predators on the Internet, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, August, 2001.
National Victim’s Academy. Topics: Homicide, and Stalking, California State University, Fresno, CA June, 2000.
Annual Domestic Violence Seminar, Topic: The Psychology of Stalking in Cases of Domestic Violence, Tennessee, March 16, 2001.
American Prosecutors Research Institute, (Annual Trainer) Topic: Cyberstalking and Sexual Predators, National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, 1999-2002.
National Victim’s Academy. Topics: Homicide, Drunk Driving and Workplace Violence, California State University, Fresno, CA June, 1999.
Louisiana District Attorney’s Association. Topic: “Protecting Yourself From Internet Crime and Cyberstalking” Baton Rouge, LA, April, 1999
Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault Topic: Cyberstalking: An Emerging Crime”, Lafayette, LA, March, 1999.
Louisiana District Attorney’s Association, “The Impact of Stalking: Victim/Offender Relationships, Lafayette, LA, 1998
Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault Topic: “Stalking: Expanding Definitions in Intervention Strategies” Lafayette, LA, Feb. 1998.
Police Officer Special Training, Carrollton, Georgia, Topic: “The Epidemiology and Etiology of the Serial Murder Phenomenon”. 1987.

INTERNATIONAL TRAINER
International Association of Mental Health Services. “TBA” Montreal, Canada, June 25th -28th, 2007.
Centre de Recherche en Profilage (CIRPO), (A private organization for criminal and behavioral analysis), Topics: “The Role of Paraphilia in Profiling Sex Crimes” and “Stalking Techniques of Violent Sexual Predators”, Paris, France. October 18th-20th, 2006.
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma. Chair: “From Dialogue into Action: Where Do We Go From Here in Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children” 11th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, San Diego, September 19th, 2006. (CEU Certified).
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma. “Human Trafficking: The Minds and Behaviors of Sexual Predators.” 11th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, San Diego, September 18th, 2006. (CEU Certified).
Tokiwa International Victimology Institute, Topic: Forensic Assessments of Victimization in Cases of Mass and Serial Murder, Tokiwa University, Miwa, Mito-shi, Ibaraki-ken, Japan, December 17th, 2005.
Federal Bureau of Investigation International Serial Murder Seminar, Topic: “Examining the International Scope of Serial Murder”, An International Seminar on Serial Murder, San Antonio, Texas, August-September, 2005.
Institut Privé d’Analyse Criminelle et Comportementale (IPACC), (Private Institute for Criminal and Behavioral Analysis), Topic: “The Role of Paraphilia in Profiling Sex Crimes”, Paris, France. June, 2005.
Institut Privé d’Analyse Criminelle et Comportementale (IPACC), (Private Institute for Criminal and Behavioral Analysis), Topic: Case Analysis of Violent Sexual Predators, Paris, France. May, 2004.
International Profiling Conference: Topic: New Perspectives in Profiling Violent Serial Offenders, sponsored by the Ontario Provincial Police, Toronto, Canada, September, 2001.
International Security Academy (ISA), Topic: Application of Domestic and Stranger Stalker-Victim Profiles, Tel Aviv, Israel, November 2000.
Solicitor General’s Office and the Office of Research, Corrections Canada, Ottawa, Canada. Topic: “Etiology of Homicide” 1989.

SPECIAL HONORS
Keynote Speaker at the Center for Forensic Studies Annual Research Conference, February 02-03, 2007. Alliant International University, Fresno campus.
Participant in the Federal Bureau of Investigation Serial Murder Core Work Group, developing a 2006 international seminar on serial murder, Virginia, November, 2005.
Guest Speaker: Wadsworth Publishers Criminal Justice Online Event Series. Topic: Development of Maladaptive Behaviors in Childhood: The Variant Pathways of Serial Killers, February 24, 2005.
Guest Speaker: CSU-Fresno’s School of Social Science faculty and invited members of the community, Topic: Emerging Issues in the Research of Violent Crime, April, 2002.
Guest Speaker: Board of Trustees and Chancellors Office, California State University system, Long Beach, CA, Sept 11, 1996. Topic: “The Application of Criminal Psychology in Our Community: Profiling and Tracking the Unabomber”.
Guest Speaker: Barnes and Noble Bookstores, Fresno and San Francisco, 1996. Topic: “Using Criminal Science in Conducting Serial Murder Research”.

About Project Meridian Foundation
Project Meridian Foundation (PMF) works to assist International, Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies by offering education and awareness training so they may identify and recover victims of human and sex trafficking. PMF strives to bring awareness to the most vulnerable youth in the United States between the ages of 11 and 17, as well as educating University students; and provides our country’s leaders, civic groups and other organizations with factual and relevant information empowering them to take action against human and sex trafficking. Project Meridian Foundation is preparing for the launch of Operation Safe House; an initiative to provide the victims of human and sex trafficking with shelter, healthcare, education, and vocational training so they can resume a normal life. Project Meridian Foundation is a tax deductible 501(c) (3) Organization with Federal Tax identification number EIN # 20-5052942. http://www.projectmeridianfoundation.org

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