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'A bill to establish a Special Counsel for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction within the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, to improve the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, to increase resources for regional computer forensic labs, and to make other improvements to increase the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute predators. '

Bill # S.1738

06/28/2007: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

06/28/2007: Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S8709)

04/16/2008: Committee on the Judiciary Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs. Hearings held.

05/08/2008: Committee on the Judiciary. Date of scheduled consideration. SD-226. 10:00 a.m.
05/15/2008: Committee on the Judicia
ry. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.

07/07/2008: Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Leahy with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.

07/07/2008: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 862.

Committee/Subcommittee Activity:
Judiciary: Referral, In Committee
Crime and Drugs: Hearings


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Combating Child Exploitation Act of 2008

- Title I: National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction - (Sec. 101) Directs the Attorney General to create and implement a National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction (National Strategy). Sets forth the required content of such National Strategy, including: (1) comprehensive long-range goals for reducing child exploitation; (2) annual budget priorities and federal efforts for combating child exploitation; (3) a five-year projection for program and budget goals and priorities; (4) a review of the policies and work of the Department of Justice (DOJ) related to child exploitation crimes; (5) a description of DOJ efforts to coordinate with international, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and private entities on child exploitation prevention and interdiction efforts; (6) a review of ICAC Task Force Programs; (7) plans for reducing the backlog of forensic analysis for child exploitation cases; ( a review of federal programs for child exploitation prevention and education; (9) plans for liaisons with the judiciary on matters relating to child exploitation; and (10) a review of statistical data indicating the overall magnitude of U.S. and international child pornography trafficking.

Title II: Additional Measures to Combat Child Exploitation - Sec. 201) Requires the Attorney General to: (1) establish additional computer forensic capacity to address the current backlog for computer forensics, including for child exploitation investigations; and (2) report to Congress annually on the use of funds for such purpose. Authorizes appropriations for FY2009-FY2016.

Title III: Effective Child Pornography Prosecution - (Sec. 301) Amends the federal criminal code to expand the jurisdictional bases for prosecutions of crimes involving child exploitation, selling or buying of children, material involving sexual exploitation of minors or containing child pornography, and obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children.

Title IV: National Institute of Justice Study of Risk Factors - Requires the National Institute of Justice, not later than one year after the enactment of this Act, to: (1) prepare a report on investigative factors that indicate whether a subject of an online child exploitation investigation poses a higher risk of harm to children; and (2) submit such report to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Authorizes appropriations.

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