Army awarded $1 million to help keep kids safe

Dept. of Justice announces initiative to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children.


CHICAGO – The US Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has announced a $1 million award to The Salvation Army and its partners for a new initiative to reduce and eliminate the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States. The funding will be used to develop a national, multi-site training and technical assistance program to assist five selected cities in coordinating investigative, prosecutorial and victim service resources.

The announcement was made at the first meeting of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Community Capacity Building Initiative in Chicago, where representatives from federal, state and local organizations gathered to build alliances to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children.

“We are coming together to protect our children through a unique partnership,” said OJP Assistant Attorney General Regina B. Schofield. “This program draws upon the commitment and expertise of law enforcement, prosecutors, community advocates, and most importantly, the victims themselves.”

The two-year cooperative agreement was awarded to The Salvation Army and its primary partners, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), Polaris Project, and Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition. The five selected cities are Atlantic City, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

Combating the sexual exploitation of children is a major priority of the Department of Justice. In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced the Project Safe Childhood initiative. Project Safe Childhood brings together US Attorneys, federal, state and local law enforcement, and non-government organizations to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against our nation’s children. For more information on Project Safe Childhood, please visit the Web site

The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. More information can be found at

From a bulletin submitted to The Salvation Army by the Office of Justice Programs

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