This project will result in a new graphical-based program incorporating the capabilities of four existing command line-based tools into one cohesive, easy-to-use interface for investigating and prosecuting child sexual exploitation cases. The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), an organization with extensive experience in developing and delivering investigative and forensic tools, will lead and manage the project. Eric Zimmerman, a world leader in producing digital forensic tools for online child exploitation investigations, will create the tool. Both have extensive experience serving the ICAC task force mission. NW3C's team consists of highly experienced digital forensic examiners, former ICAC investigators and commanders, and former state and federal prosecutors experienced in the prosecution of child sex offenses. The team's expertise in developing and delivering investigative and forensic tools, combined with their commitment to ongoing support and enhancement, ensures the long-term sustainability of the project's benefits. This project will have a significant national impact on the investigation and prosecution of child sexual exploitation cases leading to more successful prosecutions and the more effective protection of children nationwide. The combination of NW3C's leadership, Eric Zimmerman's expertise in digital forensic tool development, and the commitment to ongoing support and enhancement make this project a substantial investment in the fight against online child exploitation.
National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)
The program's deliverables will include tool development, creation and integration of keyword files, a written manual, and a training video. NW3C will test and validate the tool during the entirety of this project and provide ad hoc technical assistance in support of this project and will commit to continuing to host and support the tool following the completion of the project performance period.
The new tool will enable entry-level and experienced investigators to use the program forensically soundly, enhancing their investigations and improving the chances of successful prosecution. NW3C will develop a written user manual and a training video that includes a testing component, and those who complete the training and pass the post-test will receive a certificate from NW3C. This training will ensure that investigators and prosecutors utilize the tool most efficiently and effectively.
- Court Personnel
- Juvenile Justice Specialists
- Law Enforcement
Vetted criminal justice professionals
NW3C Vice President, High Tech Crimes
- Internet Crimes Against Children