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Monday - April 19, 2004

U. S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES GRANT TO
N. C. INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE PROGRAM

RALEIGH - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding said that the U. S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has announced a grant of $400,000.00 to North Carolina's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, which is administered by the North Carolina Department of Justice (NCDOJ). According to OJP, with funding provided by the Fiscal Year 2004 Appropriations Act, the NCDOJ will continue its multi-agency, multi-disciplinary response to internet crimes against children (ICAC) offenses, which is composed of federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and child welfare organizations, to: (1) conduct reactive and proactive ICAC investigations; (2) develop a prevention education program; (3) establish a case management system; (4) develop standardized protocol for interagency referrals; and (5) increase forensic and investigative capacity through the acquisition of specialized training and equipment.

The FY 1998 Justice Appropriations Act, Public Law 105-119, authorized $2.4 million to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to stimulate the creation of "State and local law enforcement cyber units to investigate childsexual exploitation" by offenders using the Internet or online communications technology. OJJDP developed the ICAC Task Force Program to assist State and local law enforcement agencies to acquire the necessary knowledge, equipment, and personnel resources to prevent, interdict, or investigate ICAC offenses.

In FY 1998, 10 agencies received ICAC Task Force cooperative agreements. Subsequent annual funding has allowed for the expansion of the ICAC program to grow to 39 Task Forces. Under this program, these agencies serve as regional sources of prevention, education, and investigative expertise to provide assistance to parents, teachers, law enforcement, and other professionals working on child victimization issues.

For more information about this grant, contact the Office of Justice Programs' Office of Communications at 202/307-0703.

 

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