Newsletter - February 2011


Stop Child Predators
Advisory Board

Mark Lunsford
Chairman

Joanna Acocella
Vice President of Federal Relations at Apollo Group, Inc.

Meryl Chertoff
Legislative relations professional, attorney and community volunteer

Viet Dinh
Georgetown University Professor of Law and former Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at U.S. Department of Justice

Tim Hughes
Senior Inspector for Federal Judiciary

Brian Jones
Senior Counsel at Dow Lohnes

Joe Kakaty
Chief Marketing Officer for College Loan Corporation

Roderick R. Paige, Ed.D.
Former U.S. Secretary of Education
(2001-2005)

Executive Team

Cary Katz
Chairman

Stacie Rumenap
President

John Falb
Treasurer & Member of the Board

Amy Thienel
Communications Director

Table of Contents

President's Message
As Hollywood gears up for Oscar night, Stop Child Predators is rolling out the red carpet in anticipation of passing Jessica's Law in New Jersey and New York. So as you vote for the best and worst dressed during this year's award season, take a minute to sign our online petition that urges lawmakers to pass longer prison sentences for convicted child sex offenders in New Jersey.
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Sign PETITION to encourage lawmakers to pass Jessica's Law in New Jersey, protect children nationwide
Stop Child Predators launched last week a petition to encourage lawmakers to pass Jessica's Law in New Jersey. Now we need your help to collect the 20,000 signatures needed to present to state officials.
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Super Bowl host area sees spike in sex trafficking: As Packers and Pittsburgh fans gather to cheer their teams on to victory in this year's Super Bowl, something much more sinister than the wearing of cheese or the snapping of "terrible towels" is occurring behind the scenes.
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STOP. THINK. CONNECT
Department of Homeland Security is taking online safety head-on, with their Stop.Think.Connect campaign.
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Career Law Enforcement Official and New York Businessman Join SCP Advisory Board Member
Stop Child Predators (SCP) is excited to welcome our two newest advisory board members, Timothy Hughes, Senior Inspector for the United States Marshals Service, and Joseph Kakaty, Chief Marketing Officer for College Loan Corporation.
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President's Message

As Hollywood gears up for Oscar night, Stop Child Predators is rolling out the red carpet in anticipation of passing Jessica's Law in New Jersey and New York. So as you vote for the best and worst dressed during this year's award season, take a minute to sign our online petition that urges lawmakers to pass longer prison sentences for convicted child sex offenders in New Jersey.

Also in this issue, we address the crisis of child sex trafficking at the Super Bowl. Unbeknownst to many viewers, there's often a spike in sex trafficking of children and teenagers whenever there's a convergence of huge numbers of people around one location. Read on to hear what authorities in Texas are doing to intervene this weekend.

You'll also learn about an opportunity for readers to create a short, compelling video to help teens stay safe online. And read all about the newest additions to SCP's advisory board that include Tim Hughes, a career law enforcement official, and Joe Kakaty, a New York businessman. Both are already busy in the trenches helping to stop child predators.

Don't forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter to find the most up-to-date content in your state.

We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter as much as we enjoy sharing our successes with you. If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me at srumenap@stopchildpredators.org.

Sincerely,


Stacie Rumenap

Sign PETITION to encourage lawmakers to pass Jessica's Law in New Jersey, protect children nationwide

Stop Child Predators launched last week a petition to encourage lawmakers to pass Jessica's Law in New Jersey. Now we need your help to collect the 20,000 signatures needed to present to state officials.

By signing our petition you're supporting long, mandatory sentences for convicted child sex offenders. Statistics show that such sentences are the most effective means of protecting children. Simply put, the sentences act as a deterrent to initial victimization, and keeps predators off the streets so our children are safer.

So far, 44 states have passed a version of Jessica's Law, the law named after nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford who was raped and murdered by a twice-convicted sex offender in Florida in 2005. The law calls for 25-year-to-life mandatory prison sentences for child sex offenders, and lifetime electronic monitoring for offenders released from prison.

New Jersey is one of six states that have yet to pass the law.



Super Bowl host area sees spike in sex trafficking: Texas authorities gear up to prevent the buying and selling of children

As Packers and Pittsburgh fans gather to cheer their teams on to victory in this year's Super Bowl, something much more sinister than the wearing of cheese or the snapping of "terrible towels" is occurring behind the scenes. Unbeknownst to many viewers, the Super Bowl sees a spike in sex-trafficking of children and teenagers every year. This happens whenever there's a convergence of huge numbers of people around one location, and authorities in Texas are gearing up to intervene.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is committing resources and manpower to preventing the trafficking of children at the Super Bowl, according to Alex Branch of the Florida Star Telegram. At a meeting of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force in Arlington, Texas, Abbott said the Super Bowl is thought to be "one of the biggest human-trafficking events in the United States." He also cited a report estimating that tens of thousands of women and minors were trafficked in the Miami area during Super Bowl XLIV.

So while you're watching the big game this weekend, SCP encourages you to sign a petition in support of the "I'm Not Buying It" campaign to stop human trafficking of America's children, in particular at the Super Bowl.



STOP. THINK. CONNECT

Department of Homeland Security is taking online safety head-on, with their Stop.Think.Connect campaign.

The goal and message of Stop.Think.Connect is something we can all agree on. With a little caution and foresight, we can make the web safer for everyone. Their page with important tips has excellent advice for protecting yourself online and for keeping others safe too. For example, they've posted some excellent "Online New Year's Resolutions:"

  1. Update your security and anti-virus software on your computer;
  2. Change passwords to your banking, credit card and online shopping accounts, and make sure those passwords are different from each other;
  3. Make sure you know who your online friends are and that they are your actual friends;
  4. Think twice about information you are sharing online; and
  5. Consider setting a limit for how much time your children spend online.

Technology is changing every day, and with the Web 2.0 revolution, more and more users are creating and uploading content to share with the Internet community. This is a great way to reach out in response to certain challenges that many people face - like Dan Savage's It Gets Better project, videos of adults who have survived bullying and are encouraging teenagers who might be losing hope. Stop.Think.Connect is giving you the chance to help make your community safer through their Web PSA contest.

Users are encouraged to create a short, compelling video, helping to educate Americans about staying safe online. We can't wait to see what you come up with! As a loyal supporter of Stop Child Predators, we're sure you're aware of SCP's ongoing commitment to online safety and protecting children through our Stop Internet Predators initiative. Look out for an entry to the PSA contest by the Stop Internet Predators team! The deadline for submissions to the contest is the fourteenth of February.



Career Law Enforcement Official and New York Businessman Join SCP Advisory Board Member

Stop Child Predators (SCP) is excited to welcome our two newest advisory board members, Timothy Hughes, Senior Inspector for the United States Marshals Service, and Joseph Kakaty, Chief Marketing Officer for College Loan Corporation. We had the opportunity to sit down with Tim and Joe to talk about why they chose to be involved with SCP.

Tim told us he's most impressed by SCP's ability to bring together policy experts, law enforcement officers and victims' family members to help enact laws that save children's lives.

"SCP's strongest tool is coordinating the efforts of people and organizations dedicated to passing effective legislation and assuring that the legislation has the proper funding to put and keep child predators in jail," Tim said.

Joe had similar praise. He believes that passing laws like Jessica's Law is vital to protecting kids everywhere, including his home state of New York.

"As a dad and a New Yorker, I'm appalled at the lack of attention child safety laws are given in my home state. When SCP approached me about getting more involved in passing tough measures for crimes against children, I gladly accepted the challenge to help make New York the 45th state to pass Jessica's Law."

Click here to learn more about Tim's and Joe's background.


For more information concerning the initiatives in your state, or if you would like Stop Child Predators' assistance in drafting, testifying for, or supporting legislation in your state, please visit our website at http://www.stopchildpredators.org and/or call us at (202) 234-0090.