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.

Karla Belar, 2022 CSAIA President

KARLA BELER, 2022 CSAIA PRESIDENT

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

I am excited for the upcoming year! It is my honor to serve as the 2022 CSAIA president. I have served on the CSAIA Board of Directors for twelve years and I was CSAIA president in 2016. 2016 now seems so long ago and seems like a much simpler time considering all the events which have occurred in the past few years.

Many of us have suffered losses and tribulation and I am sorry for the impact it has taken on our lives. It amazes me the depth of determination and professionalism you continue to show despite the challenges you face daily. That being said, I am thankful we continue to prevail and I am excited for the future of CSAIA! CSAIA continues to provide training and support to those who seek justice for sexual assault victims. Our training is tailored to assist investigators in conducting fair and thorough investigations which result in the successful prosecution of sexual assault and child abuse offenders.

Last year, we offered our first virtual conference and we are prepared to offer a hybrid conference and continue with other virtual and hybrid training. Unfortunately, some of our established and dedicated providers were forced to make changes in their business models and we lost them partly due to the hardships of the pandemic and economy. CSAIA changed our web provider as well as our membership and registration providers. Additional changes are inevitable as costs and staffing are affecting so many. We appreciate your support and communication as we navigate through the modifications.

We continue to support the growth of the CSAIA membership. Our focus is to provide current and relevant training to our members and to those working to investigate sexual assault crimes and in providing support and resources to survivors. Our patrol officers, forensic specialists, child forensic interviewers, DNA analysts, crime analysts, medical providers, detectives, prosecutors, advocates, and experts are key to finding the truth in investigations and ultimately serving our communities. It is clear excellent work is being done! 

I am honored to work with amazing people on the CSAIA Board of Directors. On behalf of CSAIA, I would like to extend our appreciation to the various agencies which allow employees to volunteer to serve our organization. In addition to planning training events, we actively monitor proposed legislation and write letters to our elected officials to support our membership in the work it does. We are fortunate to have two representatives from the medical profession serving on the board along with law enforcement professionals. Thank you to the former and current CSAIA Board of Director volunteers for your work and dedication. 

As law enforcement, health care, and other professions change with the times, we encourage networking amongst individuals, agencies, and providers to facilitate sharing of expertise and knowledge in sexual assault investigations. We have people new to investigating sexual assaults as well as people with many years of experience and we hope everyone benefits from the training and network provided by CSAIA. You are truly an amazing group of people and I have much respect and admiration for the work you do!

Stay safe and well!

Karla Beler
2022 President, CSAIA

Our Board Members

Karla Beler

President

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

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GINA D'AQUILLA

President Elect

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

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Karen Sherwood

Secretary

Northern California
HIDTA

P.O. Box 36102
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Marty Amaro

Treasurer

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

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Ryan Clark

Board Member

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

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Amber Fransik

Board Member

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

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KEITI KING

Board Member

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

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STACIE ONTKO

Board Member

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

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Sabrina M. Ostberg

Board Member

Butte County District Attorney’s Office
25 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

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Steve Welch

Board Member

Riverside County DA’s Office (Ret.)
PO Box 89
Yucaipa, CA 92399

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