Justice Department Grants to Combat Net Crimes Against Kids

Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder announced the awards last week as part of the Justice Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program. The new grant recipients are Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Washington. They join 10 other states that already received grants.

"Sexual predators no longer lurk only in malls and on playgrounds," Holder said in a statement. "Instead they roam freely in cyberspace and hide in chat rooms looking for vulnerable children. These grants will help law enforcement and prosecutors meet the unique challenges of technology in order to protect children from online predators."

The program encourages communities to develop regional, multijurisdictional and multiagency responses to Internet crimes. The 10 original grant recipients' collective efforts have already led to the arrest of more than 100 people who were using the Internet to sexually exploit children.

More information on the task force, grantees and similar programs is available online at www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org.

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