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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose)

October 14, 2020

Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is awarding a $521,869 grant for the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (SVICAC) Task Force Program, which helps protect children from online offenders.

“During the COVID pandemic, as many of us work and learn on our computers from home, it’s no secret that we’re relying upon the internet more than ever before. With that increased usage comes increased risks. That’s why I’m glad this federal grant will importantly help our Silicon Valley community better protect children from online predators,” said Rep. Lofgren.

The funding, awarded by the DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, will help maintain and expand capabilities for preventing, investigating, and prosecuting crimes against children on the internet. The funding will also allow the SVICAC task force to expand outreach and internet safety education for both parents and children.