Bipartisan legislation would combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse by boosting resources for Federal prosecutors, law enforcement, and victims
Sen. Ossoff continues working to bring Republicans and Democrats together to keep children safe and crack down on predators and abusers
Washington, D.C. — A bipartisan bill championed by U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff to prosecute sexual predators who target children online has passed the U.S. Senate.
The bipartisan Project Safe Childhood Act, which Sen. Ossoff helped introduce earlier this year with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and later helped pass through the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, would strengthen the DOJ’s Project Safe Childhood program and boost resources to combat the online sexual exploitation of children in Georgia and across the country.
The bipartisan bill would strengthen protections for victims, increase funding for Federal prosecutors and law enforcement, authorize an additional 20 U.S. Attorneys to prosecute child sex abuse cases, and boost cooperation between Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute child sex abuse and exploitation.
The bipartisan bill now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.
“We must work relentlessly to end the sexual abuse of children. That’s why I’m bringing Republicans and Democrats together to help law enforcement crack down on abusers and traffickers who target children and ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extentof the law,” Sen. Ossoff said.
Sen. Ossoff continues to be a champion for child safety across Georgia and nationwide.
Last year, Sen. Ossoff’s bipartisan legislation with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to strengthen protections against sexual abuse of children and online exploitation passed the U.S. Senate.
Earlier this year, Sen. Ossoff’s bipartisan legislation with Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to improve reporting of child sexual abuse and exploitation online passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In September, Sens. Ossoff and Blackburn launched an inquiry with Attorney General Merrick Garland about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s capacity to investigate and respond to crimes involving child sexual abuse and exploitation.
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