In February 2006, the Department of Justice announced Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative designed to protect children who use the Internet. The goal of this program is to enhance the national response to this growing threat to our children.
Project Safe Childhood (PSC) is a collaboration between US Attorneys, ICAC Task Forces, and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. This program maximizes national resources and expertise in order to assist communities in implementing programs to meet their own specific needs.
There are five major components of this initiative:
- Integrated federal, state and local efforts to investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases, and to identify and rescue child victims.
- Major case coordination with PSC partners in pursuing local leads that result from national operations.
- Increased federal involvement in child pornography and enticement cases.
- Training of federal, state and local law enforcement.
- Community awareness and educational programs.
This initiative proposes a more coordinated national effort in order to maximize resources to obtain the strictest penalties possible under state or federal law for those who seek to harm our children.