DearColleague.us

Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Anna G. Eshoo
Sent By:
Asad.Ramzanali@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague,

The rise in child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is a plague that we must purge from society. I invite you to be an original cosponsor of the
Invest in Child Safety Act, a bicameral bill to substantially increase resources for combatting CSAM, fund programs that support victims, and streamline the federal government’s efforts.

Last year, the New York Times published an investigation showing that tech companies reported 45 million instances of CSAM to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Federal and local law enforcement agencies are overwhelmed
by this deluge. Without meaningful funding and Congressional oversight, we cannot combat CSAM.

The Invest in Child Safety Act includes $5 billion in funding to support hundreds of additional prosecutors, investigators, therapists, and counselors to prevent, detect, prosecute, and treat CSAM. Specifically, the bill would:

  • Quadruple the number of prosecutors and agents in DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section to 120;
  • Add 100 new agents and investigators focused on CSAM to the FBI;
  • Fund 65 new NCMEC analysts, engineers, and counselors, as well as upgrade NCMEC’s tech platform to enable more effective processing of CSAM reports;
  • Double funding for the state Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces;
  • Double funding for the National Criminal Justice Training Center, to administer crucial Internet Crimes Against Children and Missing and Exploited Children training programs;
  • Increase funding for evidence-based programs to detect, prevent and support victims of child sexual abuse, including school-based mental health services and prevention programs;
  • Require tech companies to increase the time that they hold evidence of CSAM, in a secure database, to enable law enforcement agencies to prosecute older cases; and
  • Establish an Office to Enforce and Protect Against Child Sexual Exploitation in the White House to streamline the federal effort to combat the scourge of CSAM.

Senator Ron Wyden has companion legislation in the Senate. The bill is endorsed by NCMEC, the Child Welfare League of America, and the National Children’s Alliance. To cosponsor the bill, your staff can contact Asad Ramzanali in my office at
asad.ramzanali@mail.house.gov.

Most gratefully,

Anna G. Eshoo

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