OJJDP News @ a Glance Volume: I Issue: 5 Dated: September/October 2002 Pages: 1-6
This document discusses the events of the White House Conference on Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children, held October 2, 2002, in Washington, DC, and other related conferences.
The conference was designed to raise public awareness of child exploitation, share progress, and reinvigorate practitioners and other stakeholders. The all-day conference drew more than 600 participants and featured the participation of several Cabinet members. The Justice Department committed to maintaining its efforts to address the problem of missing and exploited children as a priority. The seven panel discussions centered on recent research findings, prevention of child victimization, and effective law enforcement policies for handling crimes against children. Other topics were child abduction, domestic and international parental kidnapping, sex trafficking of children, child pornography, runaway and homeless youth, Internet safety, and corporate and community involvement. Conference participants included officials from all levels of government, law enforcement personnel, families of child victims, researchers, and corporate leaders. The release of new guidebooks for families was announced. The 14th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference was held August 5-8, 2002, in Dallas, Texas. The conference was designed to provide practical instruction, based on the latest information, for professionals involved in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting crimes against children. The conference brought together nearly 2,000 law enforcement and child protective services workers, attorneys, child advocates, and others that work directly with cases involving crimes against children. Plans were announced to introduce legislation that would create a nationwide AMBER Alert System for quickly broadcasting information about abducted children. A new Targeted Community Action Planning (TCAP) initiative will help communities identify and respond to their most critical juvenile justice and delinquency prevention needs. A new TCAP Web resource provides comprehensive information on the initiative and offers links to related resources.
Date Published: September 1, 2002