|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nancy Dube, VP and COO
ICMEC'S INTERNATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING
IS A HUGE SUCCESS
Law Enforcement Officers from Around the World
are Trained to Investigate Computer Crimes Against Children
On December 1, 2003, the International Centre for Missing &
Exploited Children (ICMEC) held its first international law-enforcement training
program on investigating online crimes against children. The Conference on Computer-Facilitated
Crimes Against Children was conducted over four days at the headquarters of
Interpol, an international police organization, in Lyon, France. Law enforcement
representatives from 41 countries came together to receive training on investigating
online child predators, collecting evidence and computer forensic information,
and seeking private industry support in child exploitation investigations.
“This type of criminal activity is an international issue transcending
borders and jurisdictions," said Ruben Rodriguez, director of Domestic
and International Law Enforcement Affairs at ICMEC and one of the organizers
of the conference. "One of ICMEC’s mandates is to bring to law enforcement
the tools necessary to assist them in their investigations of crimes being perpetrated
against our world's children. This course is designed to aid law enforcement
in the development of those skills necessary to address this type of crime,"
This conference identified the great need for law enforcement education about
these crimes in all parts of the world. ICMEC has received numerous invitations
to conduct similar training seminars in 2004 and beyond. Regions in which the training will take place include
Central America, Australia and New Zealand, South East Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Countries in South America and Southern Africa have also expressed strong interest.
Initial funding for this series of training programs was part of a generous
contribution from Microsoft. Microsoft’s support is one of many efforts
the company is making to help safeguard the children of the world online.
ICMEC is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded to create and
lead a coordinated, global response to the problems of international child abduction
and child sexual exploitation. ICMEC is successfully building a global alliance
of organizations and network of web sites to address these issues worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.icmec.org.