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ICAC - Town Hall Meeting

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Press Release Date: May 4, 2001    || Archived October 3, 2002
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, of which the Illinois State Police (ISP) is a member, will host a town hall meeting Wednesday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 South Ravina Avenue, Orland Park, in an effort to raise public awareness about the dangers of Internet child exploitation. Topics scheduled for discussion include criminal justice community projects focusing on crimes against children, child pornography, online solicitation, and Internet safety.

According to a recent survey by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Internet crime against children is a growing problem, as the Internet has provided child pornographers and pedophiles easier access to children. The OJJDP reports that more than 28.5 million American children currently use the Internet. Of those children between the ages of 10 and 17 that have Internet access, one in five was the target of online sexual solicitations in the last year, and one in 33 was asked to meet someone, was telephoned, or sent mail, money, or gifts.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force comprises more than 125 law enforcement agencies nationwide assigned to 30 regional or state task forces. ICAC task forces focus on prevention, education, and intervention of child exploitation and child pornography on the Internet. During the past two years, more than 420 offenders have been arrested, over 825 computers seized and examined, more than 10,000 law enforcement officers and prosecutors trained, and thousands of children, teenagers, parents, and educators provided with prevention education material about safe Internet practices.

Local law enforcement, prosecutors, judiciary members, elected officials, social services agencies, school and library personnel, parent-teacher organizations, and parents are invited to attend the town hall meeting to explore the problem of the Internet as a threat to children. The ICAC Task Force is funded through the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Scheduled town hall meeting speakers include:
Mr. Peter Banks, Director of Training and Outreach, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Mr. Michael Medaris, Senior Program Manager, ICAC Task Force Program, OJJDP, U.S. Department of Justice Mr. Keith Chval, High Tech Crime Bureau, the Office of the Illinois Attorney General Chief Timothy J. McCarthy, Orland Park Police Department Lieutenant Colonel Michael Snyders, Division of Operations, Operational Services Command, Illinois State Police Captain Gary Ashby, Computer Crimes Investigation Unit, Illinois State Police

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