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What is the Department of Justice doing to help protect children from online predators?
In response to the threat of computer-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes committed against children, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) implemented the Project Safe Childhood (PSC) initiative. Additionally, developed through funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force was created to help federal, state and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children.

Additionally, in April 2016, the Department of Justice released the National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction. This report to Congress details national efforts to address child exploitation, including online exploitation; provides a threat assessment of the nature and scope of the problem; lays out plans for future investigations and prosecutions, outreach and education, victim services, and policy initiatives; addresses child exploitation in Indian Country; and offers statistics and research on the topic.

For additional information, visit the Child Abuse/Exploitation and Internet Safety Special Feature sections of our website.

Last Updated: June 8, 2016

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