FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† OJJDP
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2002††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† † 202/307-0703
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Publications to Assist Local Communities Better Protect Children
††† WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department, through the Office of Justice Programsí Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), has recently released the following publications to raise public awareness and to enhance the efforts of law enforcement, families, and community members engaged in the protection of children.† Enhancing the ability of communities to protect the nationís children from abuse, abduction, exploitation and other predatory behavior is a major priority of the Justice Department.
∑ Protecting Children in Cyberspace: The ICAC Task Force Program
†(Bulletin) (NCJ 191213)
This bulletin addresses the emerging online threat to children and teenagers and the efforts of OJJDPís Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program to enhance the response of state and local law enforcement to child pornography and enticement offenses.† The ICAC Program provides funding to state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute child sexual exploitation cases, provide technical assistance to other law enforcement agencies, and educate the public on internet safety.†
∑ The Criminal Justice Systemís Response to Parental Abduction
(Bulletin) (NCJ 186160)
This bulletin discusses an OJJDP-funded study of whether and how the criminal justice system intervenes in incidences when parents abduct their children.† The study examined all facets of the criminal justice systemís response to parental abduction, including the reporting of the incident, investigation of the case, location and recovery of the child, and the criminal prosecution of the abductor(s).
∑ Issues in Resolving Cases of International Child Abduction by Parents
(Bulletin) (NCJ 190105)
This bulletin discusses an OJJDP-funded study that identified barriers to resolving cases of international abductions of children by a parent.† This study is one of the first attempts to develop extensive research findings about the experiences of left-behind parents, practices of the Hague Convention Central Authorities, and strategies that can be used by attorneys, judges, law enforcement personnel, and other professionals to assist in recovering abducted children quickly and safely.
∑ The Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
(Bulletin) (NCJ 189181)
This bulletin describes the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the most recent in a series of laws designed to deter interstate parental kidnapping and promote uniform jurisdiction and enforcement provisions in interstate child-custody and visitation cases. The Act has been proposed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
∑ A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping
(Report) (NCJ 190448)
This guide reflects the practical wisdom and lessons learned from a group of left-behind and searching parents.† It provides descriptions and realistic assessments of the civil and criminal remedies available in international parental kidnapping cases, explains applicable laws and identifies possible public and private resources related to international abduction.
To obtain these publications or to access them on-line, contact http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/pubs/pubs.html.† Additional information on the Office of Justice Programs and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is available at the OJP Website http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/.† Media may contact Mary Louise Embrey at 202/307-0703.†††
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