Department of Justice to Launch Inaugural National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week

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Department of Justice to Launch Inaugural National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week

Attorney General Lynch will Travel to Lexington, Kentucky as Part of the Justice Department’s Awareness Campaign to Address the Rising Public Health Crisis of Drug Addiction

The Obama Administration is announcing a “week of action” to raise awareness about the rising public health crisis caused by drug overdoses. As part of this effort, the Department of Justice designated the week of Sept.18-23, 2016, as National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week. Senior Department of Justice officials, members of the President’s Cabinet and other federal agencies will hold events focused on the work being done to address the national prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will travel to Lexington, Kentucky on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016, to hold a youth town hall at a local high school; meet with parents who have lost their children due to overdoses and now belong to the Heroin Education Action Team (H.E.A.T.); and deliver a policy speech regarding the actions and resources the Justice Department is bringing to bear on this issue.

“The heroin and opioid epidemic is one of the most urgent law enforcement and public health challenges facing our country,” said Attorney General Lynch. “Through National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week, the Department of Justice seeks to raise awareness and prevent new victims from succumbing to addiction; to highlight the department’s ongoing commitment to holding accountable traffickers and others responsible for this epidemic; and to help provide treatment to those grappling with addiction. To be successful in this important endeavor, we need the help of all our federal, tribal, state and local partners. In the months ahead, we will continue working to erase this scourge from our communities and to ensure a brighter future for all Americans.”

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Lets STOP Child Pornography

Washington’s not-so-little dirty secret
Police ‘overwhelmed’ as state leads the nation in child pornography

From: Seattle PI
Seattlepi.com reporter Levi Pulkkinen

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U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Bryan Molnar, center, led and assisted in dozens of child pornography investigations in the Northwest. He’s pictured above with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

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Cecelia Gregson, a senior deputy prosecutor with the King County Prosecutor’s Office, has recently been pursuing child pornographers in federal court.

“There are some sections of the depictions world that are unimaginable, really, on any level,” said Cecelia Gregson, a state prosecutor who for two years has been hauling some of the Seattle area’s most egregious offenders into federal court.

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Project Safe Childhood

Project Safe Childhood

The United States Attorney’s Office vigorously defends children against exploitation under federal law. The office has a long history of prosecuting criminals that exploit children and steal their innocence. Before the inception of Project Safe Childhood, we prosecuted cases of exploitation on National Parks, as part of other violent crimes such as kidnapping, and through creation, distribution, or possession of child pornography.

Project Safe Childhood is a unified and comprehensive strategy to combat child exploitation. Initiated in May 2006, Project Safe Childhood combines law enforcement efforts, community action, and public awareness. The goal of Project Safe Childhood is to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation of children. There are five essential components to Project Safe Childhood: (1) building partnerships; (2) coordinating law enforcement; (3) training PSC partners; (4) public awareness; and (5) accountability.

The Department of Justice is committed to the safety and well-being of our children and has placed a high priority on protecting and combating sexual exploitation of minors. Since the launch of Project Safe Childhood in 2006, the number of cases and defendants prosecuted by United States Attorney’s Offices has increased by 40%, with 2315 indictments against 2427 defendants filed in Fiscal Year 2009. PSC prosecutions by United States Attorney’s Offices have increased each year since the launch of the initiative.

The Northern District of Mississippi has seen a similar uptick in prosecutions, including those of persons using the internet to entice minors to engage in illicit sex or send images of themselves to the criminals, possession and distribution of child pornography, and even the abuse of minors by persons that create images of child pornography by photographing the exploitation of the children.

The United States Attorney’s Office has worked with federal agencies such as the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Secret Service. The office also fully supports the Mississippi Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force sponsored by the Mississippi Attorney General and local and state agencies.

If you have information regarding the suspected exploitation of a child, please take the time to report it to authorities. One easy way to report is through the CyberTipline, sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

If you need a speaker for a local civic or religious group about Internet Safety or Preventing Child Exploitation, please contact us and we will be happy to provide one.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, click the links below:
http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
http://www.ncmec.org [external link]

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Report suspicious online activity to NCMEC at http://www.cybertipline.com [external link]
or call: 800-843-5678

2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide

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2016 NCVRW Theme Video: Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope

Every year in April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), which will be observed in 2016 on April 10–16. This year’s theme—Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.

This year’s NCVRW Resource Guide highlights how serving victims and building trust restores hope and strengthens communities. The Guide contains a vibrant array of theme artwork that is available for organizations to incorporate into their outreach materials. View the 2016 NCVRW sample proclamation to help inspire the community, raise awareness of victims’ rights, and address unmet needs.