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Project Safe Childhood

Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative created to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of DOJ’s Criminal Division, Project Safe Childhood utilizes a network of federal, state, and local law enforcement and advocacy organizations to help protect children by investigating and prosecuting offenders involved in child sexual exploitation.

The Department of Justice expanded Project Safe Childhood in May 2011 to encompass all federal crimes involving the sexual exploitation of a minor, which include offenses relating to child pornography, online enticement or coercion of a child for sexual purposes, interstate or foreign travel to have sex with a child, child sex trafficking, and crimes against children committed in Indian country. Offenses involving the failure to register as a sex offender now also fall within the ambit of Project Safe Childhood. 

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky places a high priority on combating sexual exploitation of minors and is committed to the safety and well-being of every child. In addition to prioritizing the prosecution of these cases, our staff work to educate state and local partners, non-profit entities, and community members on best practices for the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of crimes against children, and on how to use technology safely. 

For more information on other organizations committed to ending child exploitation, please visit: