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Behind the Screen: Understanding the CSAM Epidemic in the Philippines

February 21, 2024

In recent years, the Philippines has seen a surge in internet usage, particularly in live streaming. While live streaming platforms offer entertainment, connection, and opportunities for content creators, they also pose risks, especially concerning the spread of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) and escalating child sexual abuse content.

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Tips for Parents from Anti-Human Trafficking Expert Matt Richardson

February 13, 2024

In today's digital age, children are more connected than ever, and with that connectivity comes the potential for exploitation. In a recent podcast episode hosted by ADF Solutions, Matt Richardson, a subject matter expert with the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII), delved into the critical role of social media platforms in child exploitation and provided valuable advice for parents to safeguard their kids online.

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ADF Solutions Announces Partnership with Defenders For Children

January 31, 2024

ADF Solutions Announces Partnership with Defenders For Children

to Protect and Serve Children

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Data-Driven Justice: How ADF Enhances Anti-Trafficking Efforts

January 25, 2024

Human trafficking is a borderless crime that does not discriminate against age or sex. It is global, it is a heinous crime, and it has transformed with the help of new technology. As our society continues to integrate technology into their everyday lives, traffickers will find new ways to perpetuate modern slavery. 

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Stop Victimizing Trafficking Survivors: Meet Joe Scaramucci

January 19, 2024

Human trafficking casts a dark shadow across our world, but in the face of its horrors, beacons of hope emerge. One such beacon is Joe Scaramucci, Director of Law Enforcement for Skull Games, who dedicates his life to dismantling trafficking networks and rescuing victims. In a recent conversation with Bret Peters on the ADF LEGENDS Podcast, Joe delves into the complexities of this fight, offering critical insights for law enforcement, communities, and parents alike.

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Safeguarding Kids Online: Meet Child Protection Expert Kevin Metcalf

January 12, 2024

In a recent ADF LEGENDS podcast episode, Kevin Metcalf, an accomplished attorney and child protection expert, spoke with host, Bret Peters, about the crucial topic of protecting children online and the myriad challenges faced by parents in today's digital age. This blog post provides a summary of the key points discussed in the podcast, shedding light on the importance of building trust, identifying signs of trouble, and advocating for change.

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Global Perspectives Human Trafficking: “Poverty monopolizes your time”

December 8, 2023

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the Evidence2Action (E2A) event hosted by Winrock International and the International Justice Mission at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. 

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What is the National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation?

December 4, 2023

The National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation (NLETC) is a comprehensive training program that provides U.S. law enforcement officers with the knowledge and skills they need to investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases effectively. Child exploitation is a serious crime that can have a devastating impact on victims. So, law enforcement officers need to have the training and resources they need to investigate and prosecute cases that involve Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM).

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US-UK Alliance Takes a Stand Against AI-Generated Child Abuse Images

November 17, 2023

A recent news story has highlighted the recent collaboration between the UK and the US to combat the surge in AI-generated child sexual abuse images. A joint commitment was established by Home Secretary Suella Braverman and US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to foster a global approach to child exploitation images. 

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Escalating CSAM Content and Growing Online Risks to Children

November 10, 2023

A recent report from Thorn, a technology nonprofit dedicated to defending children from sexual abuse, highlights the troubling emergence of certain online threats to children on the rise.

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Lantern: Protecting Children from Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

November 9, 2023

Online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) is a global epidemic, and technology companies have a responsibility to do everything they can to combat it. That's why the Tech Coalition, a group of leading technology companies, has launched Lantern, a new initiative to help technology companies share signals about CSEA activity and accounts across platforms.

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2024 ICAC Task Force Training Conferences in the U.S.

October 31, 2023

The U.S. Department of Justice launched the ICAC Task Force program in 1998 to help law enforcement learn how to prevent, combat, and investigate Internet Crimes Against Children.  ICAC Task Force training is scheduled regionally across the United States each year. 

The ICAC conferences are excellent law enforcement conferences that are announced each year and include training and events held in:

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ADF Solutions Sponsors Crimes Against Children Conference 2023

August 4, 2023

[Reston, VA] – ADF Solutions, a global leader in digital forensics and media exploitation solutions, is delighted to announce its sponsorship and exhibition at the Crimes Against Children Conference (CACC).

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Using Digital Forensic Software to Investigate Crimes Against Children

June 23, 2023

Digital forensic software is a powerful investigative tool that law enforcement and investigators have turned to for solving crimes against children. Perpetrators have found new avenues to exploit and harm vulnerable children by obtaining sexually explicit content.

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CSAM & Human Trafficking: Digital Forensic Tools for Protection

May 22, 2023

CSAM  or child sexual abuse material refers to any visual media depicting children engaged in sexual activity, which is produced, distributed, or accessed for sexual gratification or profit.

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2023 ICAC Task Force Training Conferences in the U.S.

February 2, 2023

The U.S. Department of Justice launched the ICAC Task Force program in 1998 to help law enforcement learn how to prevent, combat and investigate Internet Crimes Against Children.  ICAC Task Force training is scheduled regionally across the United States each year. 

The ICAC conferences are announced each year and include training and events held in:

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How ADF Can Assist With Prosecutors’ CSAM Cases

December 1, 2022

Child sexual abuse material or CSAM has become the more common term for child pornography. The term accurately captures the reality of these images and videos. CSAM is distributed heavily through online channels. It has become easier for individuals to perpetuate these videos and images through multiple platforms. These platforms can include social media, online gaming, and email [1]. 

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What is ICCAM?

November 2, 2022

At one time or another, law enforcement agencies find themselves investigating child sexual abuse material. Now more than ever there are a variety of ways in which this material is distributed amongst persons and online. It has become a priority to provide investigators with the tools necessary to identify and report on these materials. 

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7 ICAC Investigation Best Practices

May 11, 2022

Today's access to technology and the Internet is unfortunately making it easier for cyber criminals to commit crimes can oftentimes go undetected. It is the job of ICAC Task Forces, high tech crime units and police leaders to find the most effective ways to fight cybercrime and protect children.  

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Solving Human Trafficking Investigations On-Scene

January 12, 2022

January brings awareness to Human Trafficking, a crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex. Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking and it is not only limited to the exploitation of children. Human trafficking is a global problem and can occur just about anywhere, and often involves multiple jurisdictions, whether local, state, or international.

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ICAC Investigations with ADF Tools

December 17, 2021

Investigating crimes against children has been at the forefront of law enforcement’s initiatives to dedicate the specialized manpower and equipment in order to battle this issue. It is not an easy issue to tackle as it manifests in many different ways and sometimes requires three or more specialized units working together to bring the offenders to justice and then another specialized unit to manage the offenders after release. On top of all the investigation time, we add digital devices to the mix, used to commit and perpetrate these crimes. When it comes time to conduct a search warrant, knock and talk, interview, or victim/witness statement, investigators need a solution to find the relevant data, minimize the number of devices brought back to the lab, minimize the impact to victims, witnesses, and innocent family members. 

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Top 5 Law Enforcement Webinars

December 1, 2021

Check out our law top law enforcement webinars.

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2021 NW ICAC Conference

October 6, 2021

The 2021 Northwest Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Conference has returned this year. The conference is a multi-state, multi-disciplinary Internet Crimes Against Children event which provides training to prosecutors, digital forensic examiners, sheriffs, police investigators and ICAC Task Force members.  

Dates: October 6-8, 2021

Location: Redmond, WA

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Using CAID Hashes in a Child Sexual Abuse Material Investigation

April 27, 2021

Digital Media Investigators throughout the United Kingdom rely on the Child Abuse Image Database (CAID) in their digital investigations involving Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM)

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2021 National Cyber Crime Conference

April 14, 2021

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office (AGO) has announced the dates for the NCCC  2021 National Cyber Crime Conference (MASS.gov).

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Digital Forensics Age Detection and Facial Analysis

February 12, 2021

Crimes against children investigations can lead CSAM investigators to have to review thousands or even tens of thousands of images. Investigators need tools to help them find relevant evidence quickly. 

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Facial Analytics Capabilities Speed Child Exploitation Investigations

February 8, 2021

ADF Solutions, the leading provider of automated forensic software for investigators and lab examiners, today announced the ability for on-scene and lab investigators to leverage the facial analytics and age detection capabilities of Suspect Technologies to speed child exploitation and human trafficking investigations. 

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5 ICAC Investigation Best Practices (UPDATED JULY 2022)

November 5, 2020

Today's access to technology and the Internet is unfortunately making it easier for cyber criminals to commit crimes can oftentimes go undetected. It is the job of ICAC Task Forces, high tech crime units and police leaders to find the most effective ways to fight cybercrime and protect children.  

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ADF and ATII Join Forces to Combat Human Trafficking (UPDATED August 2022)

August 26, 2020

ADF launches New Law Enforcement Capabilities to Speed Modern Slavery Investigations  

Bethesda, Maryland: ADF Solutions’ new Anti-Human Trafficking Search Profiles were built in conjunction with the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII) to help law enforcement quickly identify and investigate human trafficking at the scene of the crime. 

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How to Prepare a Sanitized CSAM Report (UPDATED August 2022)

August 20, 2020

Learn how to easily remove CSAM images and other properties from view

One of the most important factors in a child exploitation investigation, is having the ability to show a report to a colleague, co-worker, prosecutor, or present to present your findings in court without re-victimizing the subject of the photo, or shocking the sense of the viewer of the report. Having a professional report that still reflects the properties that need to be presented is essential to your case.

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Using PhotoDNA in Digital Forensics Investigations (Updated in 2022)

August 13, 2020

Digital Forensic Investigators and Examiners need to be able to find evidence quickly and one of the ways that ADF provides this capability is using PhotDNA. 

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Child Sexual Exploitation, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

June 3, 2020

Child sexual exploitation and modern slavery are related aspects of human trafficking which result in the commercial exploitation of children and often being victims of Child Sexual Abuse Material creation as well.  

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ADF Solutions Releases Screen Capture for Field Investigators

May 18, 2020

ADF’s newest software versions include new field tablet capabilities and smartphone collection features 

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Meet Rich Brown from Project VIC International

March 26, 2020

Putting Victims First. That’s the message that Richard W. Brown, the CEO of Project VIC International impressed upon me when I had the opportunity to speak to him about how and why he helped found the non-profit organization which helps law enforcement agencies around the world fight child exploitation. 

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What is CSAM? Key Terminology in the Fight Against Child Exploitation

March 4, 2020

Child pornography- more properly identified as Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). It’s appalling that there is a need for a definition for this kind of material. U.S. Federal Law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor- meaning any person less than 18 years old. 

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2020 National Cyber Crime Conference

January 13, 2020

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office (AGO) has announced the dates for the NCCC  2020 National Cyber Crime Conference (MASS.gov).

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2020 ICAC Task Force Training Conferences in the U.S.

October 29, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice launched the ICAC Task Force program in 1998 to help law enforcement learn how to prevent, combat and investigate Internet Crimes Against Children.  ICAC Task Force training is often held annually within regions across the United States. 

COVID-19 Announcement: Due to the global pandemic, many conferences are being rescheduled. Please check the event websites before making any travel plans and stay safe.

The 2020 ICAC conferences are announced each year and include training and events held in:

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ADF and Project VIC Help Investigators Stop Child Exploitation

August 12, 2019

Investigators can leverage ADF digital forensic software on the front-line to investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases

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Digital Forensic Image Recognition and Classification

July 18, 2019

Front line investigators and digital forensic examiners are encountering an ever increasing number of images in almost every investigation they perform. This exponential growth in the volume of images can challenge investigators searching for illicit online activity, Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), extremist propaganda, or other types of image content. 

In this short video, ADF digital forensic specialist, Rich Frawley, demonstrates ADF's digital forensic image recognition and classification capabilities. 

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What is an ICAC Task Force?

May 21, 2019

Most children in the United States now have access to internet services. The internet enables children to have access to vast amounts of valuable and educative information that facilitates their growth. However, the internet further exposes children to numerous dangers. Some of the risks children are exposed to on the internet include pornography, racist, sexist, violent, and demeaning information.

These risks prompted the formation of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force program. The organization is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces that represent over 4,500 local, state, and federal law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. The state and regional ICAC task forces are maintained and expanded by the ICAC program to address technology-facilitated child exploitation crimes.

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