Cornyn Leads Effort to Combat Online Exploitation of Children ...)introduced the PROTECT Our Children Act to reauthorize the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, a national network of 61 coordinated task forces that combat child exploitation.....
PoliticalNews.me - Apr 01,2017 - Cornyn Leads Effort to Combat Online Exploitation of Children
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)introduced the PROTECT Our Children Act to reauthorize the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program, a national network of 61 coordinated task forces that combat child exploitation across the country.
“As more and more children have access to the internet at a younger age, it is critical that our law enforcement agencies have the support and tools they need to protect our children from predators,” Sen. Cornyn said. “By empowering law enforcement to communicate and coordinate across all levels, we can help make the internet a safer place for our children and guard against future threats. This bill builds on my work as Texas Attorney General, and I’m proud to partner with this bipartisan group to continue this effort at the national level.”
The PROTECT Our Children Act, originally passed in 2008, authorized the ICAC Task Force Program, a coordinated group of task forces representing 3,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies engaged in reactive and proactive investigations across the country. The ICAC aids local and state law enforcement in the creation and implementation of effective responses to technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children. In order to develop effective response strategies to online child victimization, the ICAC offers guidance on victim support, forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, and prevention and community education.
Organizations who support the PROTECT Our Children Act include the National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT), National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), National Children’s Alliance, Rights4Girls, Shared Hope, Fraternal Order of Police, National Association of Police Organizations, Sergeants Benevolent Association, Major County Sheriffs of America, Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies, National Sheriffs Association, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, National District Attorneys Association, National Criminal Justice Association, and Major City Chiefs Police Association.