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Child Exploitation

As former Attorney General Mukasey said in addressing the 2008 Project Safe Childhood National Conference, "The mission of Project Safe Childhood is, simply put: to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. It is simple to describe our mission. It is not simple to accomplish it; it takes a lot of collaboration and a lot of hard work. That work is at the same time some of the most grueling, and some of the most rewarding, an investigator or a prosecutor can do. There are few challenges that we in law enforcement take on where it can so clearly be said that we are fighting on the side of the angels." The Office of Legal Policy (OLP) takes the lead in developing and coordinating DOJ policies to protect children from such exploitation and abuse. Some of OLP's recent efforts in this area have included working with Congress to secure enactment of the Adam Walsh Act; drafting regulations to implement provisions of that Act, including regulations under 18 U.S.C. 2257 and 2257A to require pornography producers to document that they do not use under-age performers; drafting legislation to strengthen the laws against child pornography and developing procedures to ensure that convicted sex offenders are tracked through mandatory registration databases.

National Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification

Remarks Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey at the Project Safe Childhood National Conference (09-23-08)

Remarks Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey at the National Missing Children's Day Ceremony (05-21-08)

Prepared Remarks of Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey at the Project Safe Childhood National Conference (12-05-07)

Remarks Prepared for Delivery by Deputy Attorney General Mark R. Filip at the Project Safe Childhood Press Conference in Lexington, Kentucky (05-07-08)

Project Safe Childhood

Testimony of Deputy Assistant Attorney General Laurence E. Rothenberg on Justice Department Proposals To Combat Child Exploitation over the Internet (October 17, 2007)

Remarks of Assistant Attorney General Rachel L. Brand before the Project Safe Childhood National Conference (December 5, 2006)

Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006

Regulations Requiring Pornography Producers to Maintain Records of the Ages of Performers

Department of Justice Proposed Child Pornography and Obscenity Prevention Amendments (2006)

Department of Justice Proposed Child Pornography Amendments of 2006 (May 15, 2006)

Department of Justice Proposed Child Pornography Prevention and Obscenity Prosecution Act (2005)

Other resources:

SMART Office

DOJ Criminal Division, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Crimes Against Children Program

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

National Sex Offender Public Website

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H.R. 4120

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