The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC) is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing more than 4,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. These agencies are engaged in both proactive and reactive investigations, forensic examinations, and criminal prosecutions. By helping state and local agencies develop effective, sustainable responses to online child victimization – including responses to child sexual abuse images, the ICAC Program has increased law enforcements capacity to combat technology facilitated crimes against children at every level.
The ICAC Program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet and other technology, the proliferation of child sexual abuse images available electronically, and the heightened online activity by predators seeking unsupervised contact with potential underage victims. Because ICAC Members understand that arrests alone cannot resolve the problem of technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation, the ICAC Program is also dedicated to training law enforcement officers and prosecutors, as well as educating parents and youth about the potential dangers of online activity.
The NW Regional ICAC Conference was born in 2015 out of a growing need for reliable, relevant, professional and engaging training for Internet Crimes Against Children task forces that was available west of the Mississippi River.
Today, this training consists of 2-days of pre-conference workshops followed by 2 1/2-days of breakout training sessions designed for investigators, forensic examiners and prosecutors who are responsible for the investigation and prosecution of Internet Crimes Against Children, Human Trafficking, VICE and other digital crimes investigations.