Here’s the latest news roundup from PROTECT.
Victories in Wisconsin and Maryland!
If you follow us on social media, you might have heard already about our two most recent victories for children.
In Wisconsin, our Alicia’s Law bill dedicates new state funding for the law enforcement units that fight child sexual exploitation. It also established a limited “administrative subpoena,” which streamlines the process when police ask Internet service providers to tell them who owns an account seen trafficking in child rape imagery. Every minute matters when children are being hurt.
Both provisions drew powerful opposition behind the scenes, forcing PROTECT to go into the studio to cut a hard-hitting radio ad. We just shouldn’t have to fight this hard to protect children.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signs Alicia’s Law.
In the end our opponents stepped aside and allowed a vote. This victory will result in more agents tracking predators, more arrests, and more children rescued. Special thanks to Attorney General Brad Schimel, Rep. Joel Kleefisch, and Senator Van Wanggaard.
In Maryland, PROTECT also won a major victory, securing $2 million in new annual funding for the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. We couldn’t have done it without our champion sponsors, Del. Brooke Lierman and Sen. Susan Lee.
Next Up, South Carolina …
PROTECT is now working at the State House in South Carolina to pass Alicia’s Law there. Our bill to step up funding for child rescue recently passed the House, but it has stalled in the Senate. We’ll have updates soon.
Remember, all the well-intended laws and compassionate words won’t save children if there is no one there to investigate these crimes and make an arrest. PROTECT is the only organization out there fighting for these child rescue resources.
Here Comes the 100th HERO
Recently, we were proud to see our fifth class of the H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps graduate training and head into the field. Many family members joined the class for a swearing-in ceremony at ICE headquarters in Washington (see photo).
Our sixth class of HEROs has been selected, and it reports for training in August. This summer will see the 100th HERO enter the ranks of the HERO Corps!
If you have not taken a few minutes to watch CNN’s 4-part series on PROTECT and the HERO Corps, we’ve got it up on our website, at www.protect.org/now. Please share these short and powerful videos to help us spread the word.
Building a HERO Together — Challenge Extended!
We’re still trying to reach our goal in the Weiss HERO Challenge. If 100 supporters pitch in $50 or more, the Weiss family has pledged to donate up to $30,000 in matching funds for our 100th HERO. We’re not there yet, and we really don’t want to lose this chance, so the deadline has been extended until tomorrow, May 9. You can donate right here.
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