Race In America

July 18, 2013
Hosted by Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

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Private investigators deal with issues of race and culture daily. Racial and cultural conflicts are found throughout the American landscape from border to border and in every state. It is present in the smallest community and in the largest metropolis, in the schools and in the workplace, in the neighborhoods and in the places where we shop. Sometimes, within our own homogeneous environments, we might even forget it exists. But it is there! Although often subtle, never is it so obvious than when a white man shoots a black man. It is then when the true beliefs of many are unleashed to fuel the conversation of the nation. Tune in to hear Private Investigator and author, Eric Echols, an African American man who is no stranger to the pain of racism, address this ever turbulent topic candidly and honestly.

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Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

Francie Koehler’s career as a licensed private investigator includes cases that have sparked media projects. "Unsolved Mysteries" portrayed one of her missing person cases. British author Val McDermid featured her capital case in "A Suitable Job for A Woman" and true crime writer Ann Rule chronicled a case she investigated involving a missing nightclub owner entitled "In The Name Of Love." Francie drew on her investigative and retail experience to create the 3-part video, "Loss Prevention - The Big Picture." International results included an invitation to Moscow, where she spoke to Russian nationals interested in privatization. Francie is the former two-term president of both the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) and the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). Awarded by each organization for her work, she serves as Legislative Chair for both and regularly testifies before the California State Legislature regarding bills of concern to PI’s. Francie has been recognized by her state regulatory agency for outstanding service to her profession. In addition, she holds memberships in the Council for International Investigators, National Association of Legal Investigators, World Association of Detectives, and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Francie also works with the Innocence Project and holds certifications as a Conflict Mediator, Legal Investigator, Professional Investigator and Criminal Defense Investigator.

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