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DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL RECOGNIZES MISSING CHILDREN'S DAY POSTER CONTEST WINNER AND ANNOUNCES $50 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT AWARDS

WASHINGTON – Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden announced Thursday that the Department of Justice is awarding $50 million in Recovery Act funds to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program. The Deputy Attorney General made the announcement during the Department's annual Missing Children's Day ceremony where he also honored Dakhota-Rae Brown, a fifth grader from Henderson Elementary in Cheyenne, Wyo., who was selected as the 10th Annual National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest winner.

"We all owe a debt to the today's honorees and to the countless others who tirelessly work to protect children against sexual victimization," Deputy Attorney General Ogden said. "The Department of Justice will continue to actively pursue all predators who target our most vulnerable, which is why I'm so pleased to announce these dedicated funds from the Recovery Act to advance these crucial efforts of our ICAC Task Forces."

The Department of Justice received poster contest entries from 43 states. Brown's winning poster was selected for the depiction of a red ribbon with the names of missing children written inside. The heart in the center of the ribbon represents the love of family and friends waiting for missing children to return home.

In addition to Brown, the Deputy Attorney General recognized the efforts of seven individuals for their extraordinary efforts in protecting children, including Julie Mosbacher, a registered nurse from Cody, Wyo., for her efforts and quick thinking in helping to recover an abducted child.

The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information can be found at https://ojp.gov.

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