Cornyn, Blumenthal Bill to Fight Online Exploitation of Children Passes Committee


In: All News   Posted 06/08/2017
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WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statements after their bipartisan legislation, the PROTECT Our Children Act, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.  This legislation reauthorizes the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program, a national network of 61 coordinated task forces that combat child exploitation across the country.  U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) were original cosponsors of the legislation.

“Since serving as Texas Attorney General, I’ve fought to protect children against the heinous crime of online exploitation and am proud to continue building upon that work,” Sen. Cornyn said “It is imperative that our law enforcement have all the resources they need to protect children from internet predators, and this bill does exactly that.” 

“This bipartisan measure confronts one of the most despicable and dangerous crimes in America –child pornography – by strengthening law enforcement’s ability to protect victims and apprehend perpetrators,” Sen. Blumenthal said. “Congress should do all that it can to protect children from child predators, and this bill provides critical new means to fight this horrific crime. Passing this bill out of committee is a first essential step toward doing so.”

Background:

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.

For a list of ICAC task forces across the United States, click here.  To read text of the legislation, click here.