In May 2006, in response to the increased dangers associated with the use of the internet, the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched Project Safe Childhood to combat child exploitation crimes. Through Project Safe Childhood, the DOJ and U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country have formed collaborative partnerships with federal, state and local law enforcement officials to protect children.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts has committed a full-time attorney to support the District’s mission to prosecute those who sexually exploit children. Because of the large number of child exploitation cases, other federal prosecutors in the Boston, Worcester and Springfield offices are also trained to handle these sensitive and often emotionally challenging cases.
Prosecutors work closely with federal agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) to investigate and prosecute those who possess, distribute and/or produce child pornography as well as those who exploit children by sextortion.
State and Local Enforcement
The District of Massachusetts is dedicated to working with and assisting those who focus their efforts on investigations involving the sexual exploitation of children. In addition to working with HSI, FBI and USPIS investigators, the U.S. Attorney's Office works closely with the District Attorneys’ Offices and the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Federal Grant Funding
DOJ recognizes the unique challenges associated with these cases, particularly at the state and local level. In an effort to assist state and local law enforcement with their mission to protect children in Massachusetts, DOJ has provided federal grant funds to enhance their capabilities. The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Worcester County District Attorney’s Office each receive DOJ funding toward their Child Sexual Predator Programs. The Massachusetts State Police also receives DOJ funding for the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.