Background: Francey Hakes was a prosecutor for more than 15 years, serving first as an Assistant District Attorney and then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with a variety of assignments including national security and child exploitation matters. Francey also served a special detail to the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review presenting FISA warrants to the FISA Court in counter-terrorism and counter-espionage cases and assisted in the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui. She was also the country’s first National Coordinator for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, a post appointed by the U.S. Attorney General. She was responsible for creating the inaugural U.S. strategy addressing child sexual exploitation, titled The National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, which was submitted to Congress in August 2010. Hakes oversaw all child exploitation efforts at the Department of Justice, testified before the U.S. Congress and the United States Sentencing Commission, and briefed senior officials at the White House, Congress, and the Department of Justice on child exploitation issues. She also serves as CEO of her own consulting firm, providing advice, counsel and expert witness services to firms, law enforcement, schools, governments, industry, non-profits, Hollywood firms and others on national security and the protection of children. Francey also works with a variety of peers from elite agencies as a producer at XG Productions. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a juris doctor from Ohio Northern University College of Law.
Expertise: Francey is considered a subject matter expert on Child Protection and Exploitation as well as various matters of national Security. She has been lead counsel on dozens of trials relating to Child Homicide, Crimes Against Children, and other Violent Crimes. is frequently invited to speak at industry, non-profit and law enforcement events, including those sponsored by Interpol, the Virtual Global Task Force, the U.S. Department of Education, InHope, the National Children’s Alliance, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, the International Bullying Prevention Association and the Dallas Child Advocacy Center.