31st International Symposium on Child Abuse underway at VBC

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - They've spent their careers chasing down the worst society has to offer, interviewing the most vulnerable of victims and working to stop the heartbreak of child abuse.

For one week each year, those involved in the various fields of child abuse and prevention are invited to Huntsville for an international symposium hosted by the National Children's Advocacy Center.

This year, nearly 1,300 experts and advocates from more than a dozen countries are in attendance.

Through dozens of workshops and presentations, they'll share their knowledge in the hopes of improving their own agencies' responses to abuse.

The 31st International Symposium on Child Abuse began Monday with a series of pre-conference sessions.

On Tuesday, Kevin Mulcahy will officially open the event, sharing his experiences as both a child abuse victim and prosecutor.

Mulcahy currently serves as Chief of the General Crimes Unit for the US Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Michigan.

According to organizers, "the 31st International Symposium on Child Abuse is one of the few conferences that addresses all aspects of child mistreatment."

You can read learn more about the event here.