Tony Godwin

Tony Godwin was recently inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in March 2023, a testament to his distinguished career in child crime investigations. Tony has faithfully served the Garland (Texas) Police Department for 28 years and presently holds a pivotal role in the Northern Texas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF), where he has been a dedicated member since 2005. Tony’s responsibilities encompass investigating a wide range of child-related crimes, including child molestation cases involving strangers, child sexual assault cases involving strangers, child pornography, and internet solicitation of children for sexual purposes. His extensive career portfolio boasts over 2,100 criminal investigations where he acted as the primary Detective in cases related to the exploitation of children.

Tony’s expertise extends to the realm of digital forensics, holding certifications as a computer and cell phone forensic examiner. He has conducted collaborative criminal investigations alongside federal agencies such as the FBI, US Postal Service, Department of Homeland Security, US Secret Service, and numerous local law enforcement agencies to combat child exploitation and child pornography on the World Wide Web. Tony is also committed to knowledge sharing, teaching child exploitative investigation techniques and child exploitation presentations to law enforcement professionals throughout the United States and internationally.

Additionally, Tony devotes time to educating civic groups, schools, churches, and parents on how to best protect children online, furthering efforts to stop the exploitation of children.

Hera McLeod

Hera McLeod is a Washington, DC-based writer, speaker, tech leader, and civil rights activist. She is known for speaking out against the silence, particularly on topics of civil rights for women and children, domestic violence, and Family Court reform.

After the tragic murder of her son Prince, she became a proud Single Mother by Choice to two little girls – Estela and Isabel. She was a 2017 Jack Straw Writing Fellow and has published OpEd pieces in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The Huffington Post. Hera has also made several television appearances, advocating about social issues, including The Today Show, Crime Watch Daily, Citizen PI (Discovery +), and several local news affiliates for ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. She has testified before the United States Congress and Maryland State Legislation which has led to reformative legislation in the areas of Family Court and Child Protection.

Her memoir, “Defying Silence: A Memoir of a Mother’s Loss in the Face of Injustice”, tells a chilling story of domestic violence and the deep fractures in the American justice system that leave women and children vulnerable.

You can learn more about her on her website.