ABOUT THE CSAIA

OUR MISSION STATEMENT EXPLAINS OUR PURPOSE AND OUR GOALS.

The primary purpose of CSAIA is to provide high-quality training in the fields of sexual assault prevention, detection, investigation, evidence collection and analysis, prosecution, victim services and support, incarceration and treatment of offenders, offender monitoring, as well as other closely related areas.

The CSAIA exists to promote and increase constructive relationships between investigators throughout the state and nation in order to aid the rapid dissemination of information, as well as to form contacts and liaisons to further assist in the apprehension of offenders and the effective investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases.

The CSAIA advocates effective relationships between investigators and members of related disciplines for the purpose of improving the team approach to cases to assure that victims receive the highest level of service and sensitivity and that offenders procure the maximum measure of the law.

The CSAIA encourages the ongoing development of progressive standards of training and qualifications for sexual assault investigators and members of related disciplines to assure the continuing improvement of effectiveness in the field.

The Association encourages and will actively support legislative changes, which promote the mission of the CSAIA.

CSAIA President Amber Fransik

Amber Fransik
2024 CSAIA PRESIDENT

Riverside County
District Attorney’s Office
3960 Orange St.
Riverside, Ca. 92501

I am deeply honored to address the dedicated and tireless individuals who make up the California Sexual Assault Investigators Association. As your 2024 CSAIA President, I want to express my utmost respect and appreciation for the crucial work you do in investigating and combating sexual assault crimes.

Sexual assault is a heinous act that inflicts immense pain and trauma on its victims, and it is our duty as investigators, advocates, medical/forensic personnel, social service providers, and prosecutors to pursue justice relentlessly. I commend each one of you for your unwavering commitment to supporting survivors, unraveling the truth, and holding perpetrators accountable.

Your role is pivotal in ensuring that survivors feel heard, validated, and supported throughout the investigative process. By approaching each case with empathy, sensitivity, and professionalism, you provide a beacon of hope for those who have suffered unimaginable harm. Your dedication to justice and your willingness to confront the complexities of these cases inspire me.

It is crucial that we continue to evolve and adapt in our fight against sexual assault. As an association, we must remain at the forefront of advancements in forensic science, investigative techniques, and victim advocacy. By sharing best practices, knowledge, and training opportunities, we can enhance our collective expertise and ensure that we are equipped to handle the unique challenges presented by sexual assault cases.

I also want to emphasize the importance of self-care and well-being in our line of work. The nature of sexual assault investigations can be emotionally and psychologically demanding. It is vital that we prioritize our own mental health and seek support when needed. Let us create an environment within our association where open discussions about self-care and trauma-informed practices are encouraged and valued.

As President, I am committed to advocating for the resources, training, and support that you need to excel in your roles. Together, we can continue to make a difference and bring hope to survivors of sexual assault.

Our Board Members

Amber Fransik

President

Riverside County District Attorney’s Office
3960 Orange St., Riverside, Ca. 92501

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STACIE ONTKO

President Elect

Riverside County’s
District Attorney’s Office

3960 Orange St.
Riverside, CA 92501

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Karen Sherwood

Secretary

Northern California
HIDTA

P.O. Box 36102
San Francisco, CA 94102

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KEITI KING

Treasurer

Dignity Health
Northridge Hospital
14651 Oxnard St
Van Nuys, CA 91411

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Marty Amaro

Board Member

Glendora Police Department (Ret)
150 S Glendora Avenue.
Glendora CA 91741

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GINA D'AQUILLA

Board Member

Dignity Health
Northridge Hospital
14651 Oxnard St
Van Nuys, CA 91411

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Karla Beler

Board Member

Riverside Police Department
10540 Magnolia Ave #B
Riverside, CA 92505

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Ryan Clark

Board Member

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office
5177 Camino Ruiz
Camarillo, CA. 93012

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Michael McManama

Board Member

Ventura County District Attorney’s Office
5720 Ralston Street, #300
Ventura, CA 93003

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David Schell

Board Member

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
1500 Castellano Road
Riverside, CA 92509

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