Jul 11 2006

SHELBY CONTINUES FIGHT AGAINST CHILD PREDATORS

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R?AL), Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee (CJS), today announced significant funding to combat child pornography and exploitation, punish sex offenders, and find missing children. Senator Shelby, who is a founder and Co-Chairman of the Senate Caucus for Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children, has worked in his capacity as the Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, to fight crimes against children.

“It is my hope that this legislation will make an across the board strike on child predators,” said Shelby. “This funding will allow us to target the more than 100,000 unregistered sex offenders in the United States and bring them to justice. Eradicating these despicable criminals from our communities is the main goal of funding for the Marshal Service Sex Offender Apprehension Program and the Child Sexual Predator Elimination Grant Program. Crimes against children are a plague on our society, and we must continue our work to eradicate them through coordination and communication between all levels of law enforcement and local communities.”

“As crimes against children grow more pervasive through the internet, it is my hope that our funding for the US Attorneys’ office and FBI Innocent Images Program will help to curb these despicable crimes,” said Shelby. “I have repeatedly said that if someone was able to buy heroin over the internet with their credit card, people would be appalled. I believe the act of child pornography is much worse and it is our job to do everything we can to stop this horrendous act.”

“Finally, I am proud that we were able to include funding for missing children,” said Shelby. “Statistics show that nearly 2000 children are reported missing each day, and it is my hope that our continued funding for these programs will help return those children safely to their loved ones.”

Programs Funded Include: SEXUAL OFFENDER ELIMINATION PROGRAMS- $91 million

The following missing sex offender programs will receive funding:

$16.5 million for Marshal Service Sex Offender Apprehension Program

$14 million for Federal Bureau of Investigation Innocent Images Program

$5 million for US Attorneys $55 million for Child Sexual Predator Elimination Grant Program

MISSING CHILDREN PROGRAMS - $50.5 million

The following missing children programs will receive funding:

$23,806,000 for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

$2,976,000 for Jimmy Ryce Law Enforcement Training Center

$15,375,000 to combat internet crimes against children

$1,488,000 for Missing Children Office within the Department of Justice

$4,960,000 for the AMBER alert program

$1,928,000 for management and administration

Today’s announcement marks subcommittee approval of these projects, which are funded in the fiscal year 2007 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill. Following today’s action by the subcommittee, this bill will now go to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.

More information on Senator Shelby fight against child exploitation:

In addition to the funds secured above, Senator Shelby has been on the forefront of fighting child exploitation on the internet. Senator Shelby was the catalyst of the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography, and has been instrumental in bringing financial industry leaders together to stop child pornography where its hurts the most: through its funding.

For further information on Senator Shelby’s efforts, please see:

https://www.shelby.senate.gov/news/record.cfm?id=258412

https://www.shelby.senate.gov/news/record.cfm?id=258033

https://www.shelby.senate.gov/news/record.cfm?id=256937

https://www.shelby.senate.gov/news/record.cfm?id=255724

https://www.shelby.senate.gov/news/record.cfm?id=252687

https://www.shelby.senate.gov/news/record.cfm?id=192282