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Project Safe Childhood

Project Safe Childhood is a unified and comprehensive strategy to combat child exploitation. Initiated in May, 2006, by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood combines law enforcement efforts, community action, and public awareness. The goal of Project Safe Childhood is to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation of children. There are five essential components to Project Safe Childhood: (1) building partnerships; (2) coordinating law enforcement; (3) training PSC partners; (4) public awareness; and (5) accountability.

Unfortunately, the threat against our children is growing. In February 2010, the Department, working with the National Drug Intelligence Center, completed a year long and first of its kind threat assessment of the magnitude of child exploitation. The result of this assessment reports a disturbing trend showing increases, and in some instances significant increases, in all types of child sexual exploitation, including: (1) child pornography; (2) online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) commercial sexual exploitation of children; and (4) child sex tourism.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee is committed to the safety and well-being of our children and has placed a high priority on protecting and combating sexual exploitation of minors. Recently we received an additional position to help prosecute these crimes in our District. Some examples of the types of cases brought by our office through the Project Safe Childhood initiative include:

Updated March 18, 2015