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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:

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) [external link]


Report suspicious online activity to NCMEC at [external link]
or call: 800-843-5678

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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.

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Seattle Weekly: Ralph Fascitelli of Washington Ceasefire Talks Gun Control in The Wake of Newtown Massacre

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn. rocked our nation. And for good reason. Rarely – even in a world where such senseless acts of violence seem more and more prevalent – are we faced with a horror the scale of what transpired Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School.


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Offering Protection and Comfort for Kids in the Wake of Latest Shooting Tragedy


How can parents and schools keep kids safe, and how can they reassure them when tragedies occur? Judy Woodruff speaks with a panel of experts, including Stephen Brock of California State University, Dewey Cornell of University of Virginia and Mo Canady of the National Association of School Resource Officials.


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Sandy Hook: Children and a violent world and what we can do.

Friday December 14,2012


With this mornings school tragedy, and other recent events involving violence and children, The Seattle Action Network is requesting that all schools, businesses and churches come together and discuss these serious issues with our young children.

The links below will offer information to help you educate children and young adults.

Educating Young Children for a Peaceful World

Click to access QuisumbingEducatingChildren.pdf

Teaching Children – National Crime Prevention Council

NIMH · Children and Violence

The NIMH website also offers:

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters:

*What Parents Can Do
*What Community Members Can Do
*What Rescue Workers Can Do

The Seattle Action Network
Ron Williams – Executive Director


Oppose the Sequestration of Federal Funding for Affordable Housing



We the undersigned strongly oppose the sequestration of federal funding for housing and community development programs as mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. We urge Congress to halt the non-defense discretionary cuts and to protect key programs that prevent and end homelessness and truly serve the most vulnerable in our communities. We ask that Congress adopt a balanced approach to deficit reduction that includes additional revenue and upholds the federal commitments to affordable housing, community development, and ending homelessness.

On any given night, more than 22,000 people are homeless in Washington State. More than 132,000 extremely low-income families in Washington State are spending more than half their income for rent and have trouble affording basic necessities like food and medicine. During the 2010-2011 school year, one in every forty students in Washington State experienced homelessness.

If the mandated cuts are not halted, we expect to see an unprecedented growth in homelessness throughout our state. Preliminary estimates show that funding levels for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance may need to be reduced by an amount equal to 4,040 section 8 housing vouchers in Washington. There is a strong likelihood that for many individuals and families who currently receive assistance, the loss of a housing voucher could result in homelessness. Those cuts will be compounded by just as devastating cuts to other programs that serve these populations including an estimated $5.1M from public housing operating funds, $3.9M from CDBG Formula Grants, $3.6M from Homeless Assistance Grants, and $2.9M from Native American Housing Grants.

Preventing these cuts isn’t just a moral imperative; it is economically wise as well. Generally cuts to housing and community development programs lead to increased costs for federal, state, and local governments as people who had been treated through cost-effective interventions are forced instead to use expensive options such as emergency rooms, jails, and other services.

The sequestration of federally-funded housing and community development programs is directly in opposition to the vision of a Washington and an America where every resident has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home. Members of Congress, we ask that you protect our most vulnerable, invest in our communities, and halt the sequestration cuts.





Impacts of Sequestration in Washington State and what you can do



The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the White House, released a report late last week detailing the impact of the across the board cuts – referred to as sequestration – which are scheduled for January 2013. The report confirmed that affordable housing and important safety-net programs will be devastated by deep cuts when sequestration occurs.

Here are some of the cuts housing programs will be facing:

· Tenant-based rental assistance cut by $1.53 billion
· Project-based rental assistance cut by $772 million
· Public Housing Operating Funds cut by $235 million
· Public housing capital funds cut by $154 million
· HOME Investment Partnership program cut by $82 million
· Housing counseling assistance cut by $4 million

These cuts will be brutal to the individuals and families that depend on these programs. More than 185,000 households nationwide will lose their Section 8 vouchers, and 92,400 households will lose their project-based rental assistance. $156 million will be cut from Homeless Assistance Grants, resulting in 145,900 people remaining homeless instead of being helped.