Internet Crimes Against Children Conference Scheduled for May

Protecting Our Children: Making the Internet a Safer Place. There is still time to register for OJJDP's 2010 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) National Conference, which will take place May 11–14, 2010, in Jacksonville, FL. The event is the nation's largest training conference for law enforcement investigators, forensic experts, and prosecutors involved in combating the online exploitation of children. Confirmed speakers for the conference's opening day include Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler and Mary Lou Leary, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. Attorney General Eric Holder will address the conference in videotaped remarks.

The ICAC National Conference is expected to bring together approximately 1,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement investigators, forensic experts, and prosecutors to participate in workshops and lectures on the latest techniques and tools for combating the online exploitation of children.

OJJDP is offering more than 140 lecture sessions and more than 70 interactive computer workshops. Training partners include the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service, the ICAC task force program, the National White Collar Crime Center, the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law, Girls' Educational and Mentoring Services, the National District Attorneys Association, the Innocent Justice Foundation, SEARCH, and the University of New Hampshire's Crimes against Children Research Center.

The networking that takes place both within and outside the planned agenda provides an opportunity to establish the personal relationships necessary for a successful national interagency initiative.

OJJDP: Combating Internet Exploitation for More Than a Decade

Since 1998, OJJDP has been committed to addressing the online exploitation of youth through its support of the ICAC task force program and comprehensive training and technical assistance for law enforcement. The program helps state and local law enforcement enhance their investigations of offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or other computer technology to sexually exploit children.

The program is currently composed of 61 regional task forces representing more than 2,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. Since the program's inception, the ICAC task forces have reviewed more than 180,000 complaints of alleged child sexual victimization, resulting in the arrest of nearly 17,000 individuals. In fiscal year (FY) 2009, the ICAC program trained more than 30,000 law enforcement personnel, nearly 2,200 prosecutors, and approximately 8,000 other professionals working in the ICAC field.

Also in FY 2009, OJJDP awarded a total of approximately $75 million under the ICAC program; $50 million of those funds were allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

New Web Site Offers Parents Information and Resources for Internet Safety

Screenshot of Internetsafety101Enough is Enough, an OJJDP-supported organization that has played a leadership role in making the Internet safer for children and families, has launched a Web site to help equip parents with the knowledge and resources they need to protect their children from online exploitation.

The site, called Internet Safety 101, educates parents about the potential dangers of the Internet, safety resources, and helpful ways to discuss Internet safety with youth. Developed with OJJDP support, the site features informative pages about online pornography, sexual predators, online gaming, cyberbullying, and online mobile devices. It also contains video clips with testimonies from children who have been victimized on the Internet as well as helpful information from psychologists, parents, and experts in the field of Internet safety.