PROTECT does more than just get laws passed. Often our greatest impact is just being there to remind politicians that people like you are watching, but legislation is the heart of what we do.

YEAR LEGISLATION DESCRIPTION
2013
Idaho Alicia's Law Created funding source for Idaho ICAC, increasing investigation capacity of images of child rape and exploitation by 275%. Idaho ICAC will receive $2 million first year with recurring funding of $1.6 million each year thereafter.
Texas Alicia's Law Additional $1.6 million included in state budget for ICAC Task Forces in Houston and Dallas.
Virginia Crime Commission Study Required Crime Commission to research and report on all laws and regulations in Virginia that cause child sexual abuse investigations to fail. Also mandated the study of information-sharing between agencies regarding crimes against children.
United States Homeland Security Appropriations Bill $20 million to ICE to track large-scale international child pornography rings and rescue children through their child-victim identification program.
2012
Virginia Alicia's Law Stops raid on Alicia's Law child-rescue fund and budgets new revenues for law enforcement, ensuring increased arrests and child rescues.
Virginia Judicial Accountability Project A result of Alicia's Law, this first-ever look at judge sentencing patterns on crimes against children was provided to the Judicial selection committee of the Virginia General Assembly.
Virginia Anti-Grooming Law Criminalizes material aimed at "grooming" a child for sexual abuse.
Virginia Child Protection Accountability System Adds Criminal Sentencing Commission and Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court to the list of mandatory reporters.
Virginia Sentencing Law Makes a mandatory prison sentence for encouraging anyone to share child abuse images to gain entry to a group.
United States Child Protection Act of 2012 Reauthorized the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008; made harassing a child witness a federal crime; gave the US Marshals Service improved tools for locating fugitive sex offenders, and provided oversight on Department of Justice regarding compliance on the National Internet Data System, as required by the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008.
United States Federal Appropriations Continues ongoing campaign to protect and increase federal funding for anti-child exploitation efforts.
United States Homeland Security Appropriations Bill $20 million to ICE to track large-scale international child pornography rings and rescue children through their child-victim identification program.
2011 (Budget: $194,000)
Virginia Civil Statute of Limitations Extends the time victims of child sexual abuse have to pursue justice in court from 2 years to 20 years.
Texas Alicia's Law Secures $3 million in state funding to ICAC task forces over the next two years. Also provides ICAC officers special subpoena power to get suspect information from ISP's fast.
United States Federal Appropriations Continues ongoing campaign to protect and increase federal funding for anti-child exploitation efforts.
2010 (Budget: $470,000)
Tennessee Second Look Commission Creates independent state commission to review cases of children known to the child protection system who were abused a second time. Commission reports to state legislature and makes recommendations for legislation and reform.
Virginia Child Protection Accountability System II Expands performance data that state agencies are required to report to the Virginia Child Protection Accountability System.
United States Federal Appropriations Continues ongoing campaign to protect and increase federal funding for anti-child exploitation efforts. From 2006-2010, PROTECT's work was critical in increasing FBI Innocent Images Initiative budget from $6 million to over $50 million.
Tennessee Every Minute Counts Bill Gives prosecutors streamlined powers to issue administrative subpoenas in child exploitation cases, hastening the speed with which law enforcement can identify suspects and locate victims.
2009 (Budget: $492,000)
Tennessee Child Abuse Penalties Strengthens child abuse laws at request of Tennessee prosecutors, including physical abuse of young children.
Virginia Alicia's Law II Creates new fines on felonies and misdemeanors to create a permanent, dedicated revenue source for ICAC task forces. Also expands transparency and accountability in the criminal justice system, including funding for new Child Protection Accountability System.
Virginia Child Protection Accountability System Creates the Virginia Child Protection Accountability System, a national model for transparency and accountability in the child protection and court system. Secures funding for public website and pilot transparency projects. Requires state agencies to report performance data at county level.
United States ICAC Stimulus Funding Secures $50 million in federal Recovery Act funding for 61 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces.
2008 (Budget: $457,000)
Virginia Alicia's Law Secures funding and expansion of ICAC task forces across Virginia, resulting in expanded attack on child pornography and ensuring many new child rescues.
North Carolina Child Pornography Penalties Increases penalties for possession of child abuse images. Prior to legislation first-time possession was likely to result in probation.
United States PROTECT Act of 2008 Landmark federal legislation on child exploitation. Mandates national law enforcement nerve center to track and combat child pornography, with priority given to child rescues. Authorizes major resource increases.
2007 (Budget: $250,000)
California Child Rescue Funding Secures first dedicated state funding stream for Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces.
Tennessee Child Rescue Funding Secures funding and expansion of ICAC task forces and affiliates across Tennessee, more than doubling capacity and ensuring many new child rescues.
2006 (Budget: $200,000)
New York Circle of Trust Law Eliminates New York's infamous Incest Exception, the law that served as a "model code" nationwide, making sexual assault within the family a lesser crime thoughout the United States.
Tennessee Strengthened Penalties Strengthens sentencing for crimes against children.
2005 (Budget: $125,000)
California Circle of Trust Law Rolls back 1981 laws that had let approximately 50,000 child sexual abusers to escape prison while forcing their victims (children in their own household) to attend "treatment" with them. Builds broad grassroots coalition.
Tennessee Baby Haley Law Increases penalties for child abuse cases involving torture and sadistic acts.
Missouri Child Advocacy Center Funding Response to pleas for help from child abuse interview centers after Governor "zeroed out" their budgets statewide. PROTECT mounts successful campaign to fully restore funding.
Virginia Circle of Trust Law Following 2004 battles, PROTECT works to secure changes to Virginia law that eliminates preferential treatment for intrafamilial abusers.
Virginia Abuse of Authority Increases penalties for adults who sexually abuse children in their care or custody.
2004 (Budget: $75,000)
Virginia Blocked Weaker Laws Stops attempt by legislators to weaken child abuse penalties.
Tennessee Full Disclosure in Court After years of failed attempts by others, PROTECT secures passage of legislation to allow the introduction of evidence of "prior bad acts" in court.
2003 (Budget: $54,000)
Arkansas Sexual Abuse Reform Broad reform of child sexual abuse and incest laws, strengthening penalties.
Illinois Equal Justice for All Victims Removes intentional loophole that gives criminals probation if their victim is a relative.
2002 (Budget: $0)
North Carolina Incest Loophole Closed Eliminates preferential sentences for criminals who sexually assault their own children.

 

 

 

PROTECT Legislative Victories

PROTECT does more than just get laws passed. Often our greatest impact is just being there to remind politicians that people like you are watching, but legislation is the heart of what we do.

YEAR LEGISLATION DESCRIPTION
2013
Idaho Alicia's Law Created funding source for Idaho ICAC, increasing investigation capacity of images of child rape and exploitation by 275%. Idaho ICAC will receive $2 million first year with recurring funding of $1.6 million each year thereafter.
Texas Alicia's Law Additional $1.6 million included in state budget for ICAC Task Forces in Houston and Dallas.
Virginia Crime Commission Study Required Crime Commission to research and report on all laws and regulations in Virginia that cause child sexual abuse investigations to fail. Also mandated the study of information-sharing between agencies regarding crimes against children.
United States Homeland Security Appropriations Bill $20 million to ICE to track large-scale international child pornography rings and rescue children through their child-victim identification program.
2012
Virginia Alicia's Law Stops raid on Alicia's Law child-rescue fund and budgets new revenues for law enforcement, ensuring increased arrests and child rescues.
Virginia Judicial Accountability Project A result of Alicia's Law, this first-ever look at judge sentencing patterns on crimes against children was provided to the Judicial selection committee of the Virginia General Assembly.
Virginia Anti-Grooming Law Criminalizes material aimed at "grooming" a child for sexual abuse.
Virginia Child Protection Accountability System Adds Criminal Sentencing Commission and Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court to the list of mandatory reporters.
Virginia Sentencing Law Makes a mandatory prison sentence for encouraging anyone to share child abuse images to gain entry to a group.
United States Child Protection Act of 2012 Reauthorized the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008; made harassing a child witness a federal crime; gave the US Marshals Service improved tools for locating fugitive sex offenders, and provided oversight on Department of Justice regarding compliance on the National Internet Data System, as required by the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008.
United States Federal Appropriations Continues ongoing campaign to protect and increase federal funding for anti-child exploitation efforts.
United States Homeland Security Appropriations Bill $20 million to ICE to track large-scale international child pornography rings and rescue children through their child-victim identification program.
2011 (Budget: $194,000)
Virginia Civil Statute of Limitations Extends the time victims of child sexual abuse have to pursue justice in court from 2 years to 20 years.
Texas Alicia's Law Secures $3 million in state funding to ICAC task forces over the next two years. Also provides ICAC officers special subpoena power to get suspect information from ISP's fast.
United States Federal Appropriations Continues ongoing campaign to protect and increase federal funding for anti-child exploitation efforts.
2010 (Budget: $470,000)
Tennessee Second Look Commission Creates independent state commission to review cases of children known to the child protection system who were abused a second time. Commission reports to state legislature and makes recommendations for legislation and reform.
Virginia Child Protection Accountability System II Expands performance data that state agencies are required to report to the Virginia Child Protection Accountability System.
United States Federal Appropriations Continues ongoing campaign to protect and increase federal funding for anti-child exploitation efforts. From 2006-2010, PROTECT's work was critical in increasing FBI Innocent Images Initiative budget from $6 million to over $50 million.
Tennessee Every Minute Counts Bill Gives prosecutors streamlined powers to issue administrative subpoenas in child exploitation cases, hastening the speed with which law enforcement can identify suspects and locate victims.
2009 (Budget: $492,000)
Tennessee Child Abuse Penalties Strengthens child abuse laws at request of Tennessee prosecutors, including physical abuse of young children.
Virginia Alicia's Law II Creates new fines on felonies and misdemeanors to create a permanent, dedicated revenue source for ICAC task forces. Also expands transparency and accountability in the criminal justice system, including funding for new Child Protection Accountability System.
Virginia Child Protection Accountability System Creates the Virginia Child Protection Accountability System, a national model for transparency and accountability in the child protection and court system. Secures funding for public website and pilot transparency projects. Requires state agencies to report performance data at county level.
United States ICAC Stimulus Funding Secures $50 million in federal Recovery Act funding for 61 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces.
2008 (Budget: $457,000)
Virginia Alicia's Law Secures funding and expansion of ICAC task forces across Virginia, resulting in expanded attack on child pornography and ensuring many new child rescues.
North Carolina Child Pornography Penalties Increases penalties for possession of child abuse images. Prior to legislation first-time possession was likely to result in probation.
United States PROTECT Act of 2008 Landmark federal legislation on child exploitation. Mandates national law enforcement nerve center to track and combat child pornography, with priority given to child rescues. Authorizes major resource increases.
2007 (Budget: $250,000)
California Child Rescue Funding Secures first dedicated state funding stream for Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces.
Tennessee Child Rescue Funding Secures funding and expansion of ICAC task forces and affiliates across Tennessee, more than doubling capacity and ensuring many new child rescues.
2006 (Budget: $200,000)
New York Circle of Trust Law Eliminates New York's infamous Incest Exception, the law that served as a "model code" nationwide, making sexual assault within the family a lesser crime thoughout the United States.
Tennessee Strengthened Penalties Strengthens sentencing for crimes against children.
2005 (Budget: $125,000)
California Circle of Trust Law Rolls back 1981 laws that had let approximately 50,000 child sexual abusers to escape prison while forcing their victims (children in their own household) to attend "treatment" with them. Builds broad grassroots coalition.
Tennessee Baby Haley Law Increases penalties for child abuse cases involving torture and sadistic acts.
Missouri Child Advocacy Center Funding Response to pleas for help from child abuse interview centers after Governor "zeroed out" their budgets statewide. PROTECT mounts successful campaign to fully restore funding.
Virginia Circle of Trust Law Following 2004 battles, PROTECT works to secure changes to Virginia law that eliminates preferential treatment for intrafamilial abusers.
Virginia Abuse of Authority Increases penalties for adults who sexually abuse children in their care or custody.
2004 (Budget: $75,000)
Virginia Blocked Weaker Laws Stops attempt by legislators to weaken child abuse penalties.
Tennessee Full Disclosure in Court After years of failed attempts by others, PROTECT secures passage of legislation to allow the introduction of evidence of "prior bad acts" in court.
2003 (Budget: $54,000)
Arkansas Sexual Abuse Reform Broad reform of child sexual abuse and incest laws, strengthening penalties.
Illinois Equal Justice for All Victims Removes intentional loophole that gives criminals probation if their victim is a relative.
2002 (Budget: $0)
North Carolina Incest Loophole Closed Eliminates preferential sentences for criminals who sexually assault their own children.