On October 20, 2020, Attorney General William Barr gave video remarks at the virtual National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice. The training is part of the OJJDP-funded Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program, which supports law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children. OJJDP awarded more than $34.7 million under the program in fiscal year 2020.
Barr notes the increased importance of this work as more children are spending time online due to the pandemic and highlights the successes of the ICAC Task Force Program. Since the program’s inception in 1998, task forces have reviewed more than 1 million complaints of child exploitation, resulting in the arrest of more than 100,000 individuals.