Sending Office: Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Sent By:
Michael.Viggiano@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Deadline: COB Friday, March 22

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Dear Colleague:

Please join me in writing to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies in support of strong funding for child exploitation investigation resources at the Dept. of Justice, particularly for the Internet Crimes
Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces. These task forces help state and local law enforcement agencies develop effective, sustainable responses to online child exploitation crimes. The ICAC Task Forces operate in every state and help coordinate more than 3,000
federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat these crimes against children. Please join us in supporting funding to keep more girls safe and away from traffickers.

If you would like to sign on to this letter,
please fill out this form
. Thank you for your consideration, and if you have any questions, please contact Mike Viggiano in my office at
michael.viggiano@mail.house.gov Please see request letter and proposed language below.
 
Sincerely,
 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

 

LETTER TEXT:

Dear Chairman Serrano and Ranking Member Aderholt:

As you begin work on the FY 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we write in support of critical funding for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force program, a national network of 61 coordinated law enforcement
task forces investigating and prosecuting those who sexually exploit children, our most vulnerable constituents.

Towards this effort, ICACs help state and local agencies develop effective, sustainable responses to online child victimization and child pornography. As we have seen in previous cases, a law enforcement investigation may lead to the door of a hands-on offender,
and thus, a child waiting to be rescued.  Currently ICAC Task Forces are overwhelmed with more than 500,000 annual leads involving the online transmission, production, or purchase of sadistic images of young children. Statistically, half of these offenders
are likely to be abusing real children in their local communities.

We also hope that the committee will urge USDOJ to encourage ICAC grantees to dedicate increased efforts to proactive investigations, which have proven potential to rescue children.

Therefore, we respectfully request the inclusion of the following programmatic request:

Programmatic Request:

  • Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs – Missing and Exploited Children Programs – Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces –
    The recommendation includes $112,000,000 for missing and exploited children programs. The Committee expects the Department to allocate no less than $60,000,000 as authorized under Public Law 110-401 for ICAC task force grants. The Office of Juvenile Justice
    and Delinquency Prevention is directed to include in its ICAC Task Force grant solicitation a requirement to prioritize proactive investigations of suspects possessing, distributing, or producing violent and sadistic child sexual abuse imagery
    .

We recognize the constraints by which the Subcommittee is bound.  As always, we appreciate your consideration of the requests and look forward to working with you as the FY 20 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill takes shape.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

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