Maryland's Project Safe Childhood

Maryland's Project Safe Childhood

When someone is charged with a sex crime, there is a certain stigma that occurs. When a minor is the alleged victim, this stigma is even worse. Many times, the media can “crucify” someone before a trial has even started. This is why it is so important to have an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney by your side. He or she will work vigorously to ensure that your rights are protected, but also to give you advice on how to deal with difficulties that such charges can bring to your work, home and social lives.

Maryland’s Project Safe Childhood is a strategy to combat online child abuse and exploitation. It utilizes a team effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as civic organizations, educators, parents, community activists and concerned citizens.

One of the reasons why the federal authorities and state and local authorities work so closely together is to allow all of the law enforcement agencies to pool their resources and intelligence. This also allows for cases to be filed in the jurisdiction that will result in the largest, longest penalties upon conviction.

The District of Maryland has worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Homeland Security Investigations to create many initiatives to stop child exploitation. The Innocent Images program, which is an FBI program, targets individuals who produce child pornography of child sexual abuse as well as convicted sex offenders who commit new offenses.

Another initiative, Operation Predator, focuses on arresting individuals who travel to other countries to have sex with children and minors and child sex traffickers, just to name a few. This initiative is overseen by HSI.

These programs have been developed to protect children in Maryland and across the country. However, it is important to remember that no matter what crime someone is charged with, he or she has the right to a fair and impartial trial and the presumption of innocence until — and only if — he or she is convicted. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help ensure that the rights of an individual are protected when he or she is facing such charges.

Source: The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland, “Project Safe Childhood” Jan. 11, 2015

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