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2017-04-06

Children are among the most vulnerable and innocent among us

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In past years, remarkable progress has been made in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting crimes against children. But more can and must be done to address crime, especially as predators exploit technological advances in order to hurt kids. On Wednesday, the Committee approved three bills that will provide additional resources to protect children from abuse and bring perpetrators to justice.
• The Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), reauthorizes two programs that help prevent child abuse by ensuring the public has access to information on known sex offenders who may live in their neighborhood.
• The Child Protection Improvements Act, sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI), ensures that youth-serving organizations have access to national background checks on prospective staff and volunteers through the FBI’s database.
• The Targeting Child Predators Act, sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), will help protect valuable information used to prosecute and convict child predators.
Over the coming weeks, the Committee will continue to take up additional legislation to help prevent these terrible crimes.