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International Crimes Against Children Conference Leaves an Impression on Attendees
The 26th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, hosted by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department was the most successful year to date as more than 3,500 attendees from across the globe gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Dallas. Professionals in the fields of law enforcement, child protective services, social work, children's advocacy, therapy, and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime gained information and knowledge from more than 200 speakers during the week of August 11-14th.
The opening plenary began with remarks by FBI Director James Comey regarding initiatives designed to identify and arrest perpetrators of crimes against children. He also spoke about efforts of the Bureau’s Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC) program, which works with regional field offices to investigate sex trafficking, child exploitation on the Internet, child abductions, and child sex tourism. Comey passionately addressed the importance of community outreach, “Just as it takes a village to raise a child,” he said, “I believe it takes a village to protect a child.” The crowd also heard state of the industry remarks from the Chief Security Officer at Facebook and Platinum Sponsor of the Conference, Joe Sullivan. What truly moved the audience was the survivor keynote speech from Assistant U.S. Attorney, Kevin Mulcahy. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Mulcahy used the analogy of a hero, stating with conviction that each and every attendee has a chance to “earn your cape” which quickly set the tone for the week ahead.
During the course of the week, the Ontario Provincial Police announced the launch of their latest anti-sexting app called “Send This Instead” which provides 57 humorous and sarcastic replies to sexting requests, the app also sends a link to police to report sexual harassment. Also announced during the week was a new partnership between Time Warner Cable and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Time Warner Cable field technicians who are already in neighborhoods, now have the capability to receive targeted AMBER alerts. TWC technicians have been trained to contact local law enforcement if they spot a person or vehicle fitting an Amber alert description.
The 26th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference was sponsored by Platinum Sponsor, Facebook, FBI, PayPal, Google, Apple, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), SEARCH, National Criminal Justice Training Center, Time Warner Cable, AOL, Dallas Junior Forum, Microsoft, Junior League of Dallas, Access Data, Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center, National District Attorneys Association, United States Marshal Service, Dallas County District Attorney's Office, Dallas Police Association, Silent Shield, The Technology Coalition, Magnet Forensics, Half Price Books, Yahoo!, GoDaddy.com, Avnet, Pinterest, Kik, Tagged, Twitter, Paraben Corporation, Hubstream, NetClean, LinkedIn, Women’s Center of Tarrant County, Assistance League Dallas, DCAC League, and Nuix.
About Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
The mission of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), one of the largest, most comprehensive Centers in the country, is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. The Dallas Police Department is one of the original partner agencies supporting the work of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC). Since the Center was established in 1991, the Department’s Child Abuse Squad has been housed there, helping ensure a close, cooperative working relationship among detectives, Center staff, medical experts, and Child Protective Services (CPS) professionals. For more information, visit www.dcac.org or www.cacconference.org.
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