The national Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program was developed in response to:
- An increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet
- The proliferation of child pornography
- Increased online activity by predators seeking contact with underage victims
The goal of the ICAC Task Force is to effectively respond to child pornography, sexual assault, and abuse of children facilitated by technology and the internet. The 1998 Justice Appropriations Act directed the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Protection (OJJDP) to create a national network of state and local law enforcement cybercrime units to investigate cases of child sexual exploitation. The result of this act led to the creation of ten ICAC task forces in 1998. Vermont was a member of one of the first ICAC task forces, operating as part of the Northern New England (NNE) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that included Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
The national ICAC program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces, representing over 2,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. These agencies are engaged in proactive investigation, forensic investigations, and criminal prosecutions. Since the ICAC program’s inception in 1998:
- More than 230,000 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other professionals have been trained in the United States and in 17 countries.
- ICAC Task Forces have reviewed more than 180,000 complaints of alleged child sexual victimization resulting in the arrest of more than 16,500 individuals
In 2007, Vermont spun off from the Northern New England ICAC task force and was awarded an independent grant to operate as the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children (VT-ICAC) Task Force.
Goals & Objectives
- Public education and outreach
- Law enforcement/professional training
- Investigative & forensic support to all VT Law Enforcement Agencies
- Computer Forensic Capacity statewide
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