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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2007

As part of the Department of Justice ‘Project Safe Childhood’ initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington is partnering with the Washington State Patrol to present a special training for teen-age girls regarding posting information on the Internet. At schools around Western Washington, a number of law enforcement professionals are teaching young people about Internet safety. Later this week, the Department of Justice, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Ad Council plan to unveil Public Service Announcements aimed at teens regarding Internet safety. On Tuesday, 3/20/2007, the media is welcome to attend a presentation at Holy Names Academy in Seattle regarding Internet safety. The presenter, Washington State Patrol Detective Rachel Gardner, will talk with students about how to safely use popular sites such as MySpace.

What: Training for Teens on safe use of MySpace and similar web sites.

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 11:30 -12:10 AM

Where: Holy Names Academy, 728 21st East, Seattle, Washington

Who: Detective Rachel Gardner, WSP

Holy Names Academy is a four-year Catholic college-preparatory private school, offering girls grades 9-12 a challenging curriculum, dynamic leadership opportunities, competitive women’s athletics and a progressive cultural awareness program.

Please note: because Detective Gardner works undercover at times, there will be some limits on photography.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Cell (206) 276-5288.

Holy Names Contact: Michelle Basilio, Director of Marketing and Admission, Holy Names Academy, (206) 720-7805.

In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.

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