U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today announced Senate passage of the Combating Child Exploitation Act of 2008. This measure combines the PROTECT/Combating Child Exploitation Act and the SAFE Act to make improvements to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces and the CyberTipline reporting system used by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
“Crimes against children are a plague on our society and we must continue to work to eradicate them,” said Shelby. “Unfortunately, sexual predators worldwide are using the internet and other technologies to anonymously prey upon our children. The programs included in this bill are vital resources critical to protecting and ensuring the safety of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens--children. I was proud to join my Senate colleagues in passing this important legislation.”
Senator Shelby’s Prior Work to Eradicate Child Exploitation:
• Founded and serves as co-Chairman of the Senate Caucus on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children and founder of the Financial Coalition to Fight Child Pornography
• Worked with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and its international sister organization to address child pornography dissemination
• Was instrumental in the creation of the Child Sexual Predator Elimination Grant program, securing over $55 million in fiscal year 2008 to provide grants to state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, arrest and prosecute sexual predators
• Worked to include $313 million for missing and exploited children programs, including $15 million to combat internet crimes against children and full funding of the Adam Walsh Act