On May 17, 2006, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced Project Safe Childhood (PSC), an initiative designed to help law enforcement and community leaders develop a coordinated strategy to prevent, investigate, and prosecute sexual predators, abusers, and pornographers who target children through the internet. Each District was tasked to design a strategy whereby federal, state and local law enforcement, community prevention and education programs, victim and parental groups, and other non-profit groups work together to combat internet child exploitation.
In accordance with the Attorney General's directive, a strategic plan was developed for Project Safe Childhood in New Hampshire. In the summer of 2006, the U.S. Attorney convened a series of meetings of federal law enforcement agencies, state and local prosecutors and social service agencies to develop a comprehensive and effective strategy for New Hampshire by building partnerships and capitalizing on the experience of our existing partners. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Helen White Fitzgibbon serves as the PSC coordinator in New Hampshire.
As one of the original Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force sites, New Hampshire is well positioned to establish and maintain an effective PSC program. The ICAC program is a nation-wide network of task forces consisting of federal, state and local law enforcement dedicated to this issue. The ICAC task forces have been protecting America's children since 1998, and are key partners in Project Safe Childhood. New Hampshire is very fortunate in that training director for the National ICAC (and one of the original New Hampshire founders), Bradley J. Russ, is based in Durham, New Hampshire at the University of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children Research Center.
The U.S. Attorney's Office looks forward to working with our partners to expand community awareness regarding on-line safety and increasing the prosecutions of those predators who use the internet to solicit children or who encourage the ongoing abuse of children by the collection and trading of child pornography.