The U.S. Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) presents to the Attorney General its interim report on work of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces, as mandated by the Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to Our Children (PROTECT) Act of 2008.
The ICAC Task Force Program has been operating since 1998. It is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing approximately 1,000 Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. These agencies engage in investigations, forensic examinations, and prosecutions related to technology-facilitated sexual exploitation of children and Internet crimes against children. In addition, the task forces provide forensic and investigative technical assistance to law enforcement and prosecutors as well as educational information to parents, educators, prosecutors, law enforcement, and others concerned with child victimization. By helping State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies develop effective and sustainable responses to online child victimization and child pornography. This report presents data on the accomplishments reported by the 61 ICAC task forces in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. This encompasses the number of complaints of alleged child sexual victimization reviewed and the number of resulting arrests throughout the United States. Data are also reported on the number and training of law enforcement officers involved, the number of investigations and forensic examinations, the number of children who were victims of some form of abuse and neglect. In addition data are provided on the number and locations of ICAC task forces; the Federal grants awarded to each task force, affiliated law enforcement agencies and other partners, referrals to U.S. attorneys for prosecution, investigative technical assistance provided by tasks forces, and community outreach and education provided by task forces.