Held in May in recognition of Missing Children's Day, the conference offered training and information on topics and model programs to social workers, counselors, educators, childcare and youth workers, law enforcement personnel, medical and legal professionals, parents, elected officials, and other interested child advocates. In addition to overall child safety, protecting children on the Internet was a major focus of the conference.
Administrator Flores stressed in his remarks both the rising threat children face on the Internet and the increased efforts of OJJDP staff to confront these dangers:
In fiscal year 2007, OJJDP's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces made more than 2,400 arrests and completed more than 10,500 forensic examinations of equipment used to create, store, or disseminate child pornography.
Roughly 250 participants attended a variety of educational programs and workshops on child abuse and neglect prevention as well as workshops for specialized training credits and professional development led by national experts.
Other distinguished guests included Massachusetts State Child Advocate Judge Gail Garinger, Massachusetts State Senator Gail Candaras, and parents of current and former missing children, including John and Maggie Bish, Aaron Runyon, Ed Smart, Doug and Mary Lyle, and Mika Moulton.
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