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INTERPOL Network snares child abuser in U.S. Schools: how the network helps local police

Crimes Against Children

Crimes against children tend to be local crimes with the vast majority taking place within the home, family, neighbourhood or other trusted environment. There are, however, a number of areas where there is an international implication and this is when INTERPOL can help. To understand INTERPOL capacity to help local law enforcement visit this web site:

United States INTERPOL Office
The INTERPOL office in the United States is local in Washington D.C., supported by the Department of Justice. INTERPOL Washington provides criminal investigative support and coordination to all U.S. federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, as well as to police authorities in other INTERPOL member countries.

Collaboration within INTERPOL global network snares US school volunteer suspected of child abuse
INTERPOL Press release, September 4, 2013

To understand the working of INTERPOL Washington, read the following article:

INTERPOL Washington: When Transnational Crime Comes to Our Communities
By Shawn Bray, Director, INTERPOL Washington, United States National Central Bureau

INTERPOL Washington website:

Other Articles of Interest:

Collaboration to Recover U.S. Exploited Youth: The FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative
By Janice Mertz, Supervisory Special Agent, Violent Crimes Against Children Section, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C.

Since 2003, FBI agents around the United States have partnered with state and local police officers to recover more than 2,300 children who have been forced into prostitution.

Homeland Security Investigations: Fight Human Trafficking with a Full Arsenal
By James A. Dinkins, Executive Associate Director, Homeland Security Investigations, Washington, D.C.

HSI relies on tips from the public to dismantle human trafficking organizations. Trafficking victims are often hidden in plain sight, voiceless, and scared. Local law enforcement is encouraged to urge the public to report suspicious human trafficking activity to the ICE HSI Tip Line at 1-866-347-2423 or report tips online at Anonymous calls are welcome.

Team Adam: Providing Missing Child Search Support for Police Agencies
By Robert G. Lowery Jr., Executive Director, Missing Children’s Division, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; former Assistant Chief of Police, Florissant, Missouri; and former Commander, Greater Saint Louis Major Case Squad Violent Crime/Homicide Task Force

In addition to Team Adam and Project ALERT, NCMEC offers a wide variety of training and other free services to aid law enforcement in missing children and child sexual exploitation cases, including case analysis and technical support; forensic support, including age-progression; missing children photo distribution; unsolved case analysis; a Child Victim Identification Program, which works to identify and rescue child victims of child pornography and help track fugitive sex offenders; and the CyberTipline, which serves as the nation’s 9-1-1 for the Internet to report suspected child sexual exploitation. For more information, visit

Child Pornography: A Closer Look
By Michelle K. Collins, Director, Exploited Child Unit, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria, Virginia

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has a long history of assisting law enforcement with cases of child sexual exploitation. NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). NCMEC’s Child Victim Identification Program (CVIP) serves as the national clearinghouse for child pornography cases across the United States. NCMEC is the central repository for information regarding children who have been identified as victims seen in child pornography. Not only is case and image information stored at NCMEC, the CVIP analysts have extensive institutional knowledge of the pictures and suspects due to years of working with child pornography material. All of this information may be useful to law enforcement agencies, whether they work these cases daily or are conducting their first investigation of child sexual exploitation.



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXX, no. 9, September 2013. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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