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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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Trailblazers Against Trafficking: Olivia & Ralph Arnauts' Story

February 20, 2024

In a world where human trafficking and exploitation persist as global challenges, the efforts of individuals and organizations dedicated to combating these crimes are more critical than ever. Olivia and Ralph Arnauts, the founders of Project ZF, stand at the forefront of this battle. Through their personal stories and professional expertise, they illuminate the complexities of addressing these issues and offer valuable insights into prevention, intervention, and advocacy.

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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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Empowering Voices: Chong Kim's Impact in the Fight Against Trafficking

January 30, 2024

In our most recent podcast episode, Chong Kim gave a powerful account of survival, resilience, and advocacy in the fight against human trafficking. As a survivor herself, Chong's story resonates with those seeking to understand the complexities of human trafficking and the urgent need for action.

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Shining a Light on Human Trafficking through the ADF LEGENDS Podcast

January 30, 2024

Human trafficking isn't just a grim statistic; it's a devastating reality impacting countless lives across the globe. But amidst the darkness, there are beacons of hope – real-life heroes fighting tirelessly to eradicate this modern-day slavery. The ADF LEGENDS podcast from ADF Solutions throws a spotlight on these heroes, bringing their stories and insights directly to you.

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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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Combating Human Trafficking with Traverse Project and Austin Shamlin

January 19, 2024

Embark on a compelling journey with Austin Shamlin, the visionary founder of the Traverse Project, as he shares his personal connection to the fight against human trafficking. In Austin's candid conversation with ADF LEGENDS host, Bret Peters, he explores the limitations of traditional approaches and sheds light on the pivotal role financial disruption plays in this battle. Austin's insights unveil the importance of long-term investigations, global takedowns, and the significance of data collection in quantifying the problem of modern day 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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Money Laundering and Human Trafficking in the Philippines

January 17, 2024

The Philippines, a nation of breathtaking landscapes and vibrant cultures, is, unfortunately, grappling with the dark shadows of money laundering and human trafficking. In recent years, alarming statistics have surfaced, revealing the extent of these borderless crimes.

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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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Unmasking the Reality of Global Bonded Labor

January 8, 2024

Human trafficking is a widespread and distressing reality that continues to afflict millions of people worldwide. Traffickers lure victims into a web of exploitation, deceit, and despair.

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How does digital forensic software help modern slavery investigations?

January 3, 2024

Around the world, adults, teens, and children are being bought and sold like modern slaves. Modern slavery involves the exploitation of an individual for another person’s personal or commercial gain[1].

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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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How ADF Supports Human Trafficking Investigations in Thailand

November 8, 2023

Combating human trafficking is one of Thailand’s top priorities. The U.S. Department of State reports that Thailand’s government identified 444 trafficking victims in 2022.

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ADF Supports International Justice Mission Against Human Trafficking

August 28, 2023

[Reston, VA] - ADF Solutions Inc., a leader in digital forensics software, proudly stands alongside International Justice Mission’s (IJM) work in Thailand in its unyielding efforts to eradicate human trafficking and modern-day slavery. This powerful partnership signifies a significant stride forward in the global fight against these grave injustices.

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Cracking the Code: How ADF Breaks Down Criminal Networks

August 23, 2023

In a world grappling with the pervasive and deeply concerning issues of human trafficking and fraud, law enforcement agencies are facing a monumental challenge. To combat these crimes effectively, they need advanced tools and technologies to help them uncover critical evidence and bring the perpetrators to justice. ADF Solutions, a leading provider of digital forensic and investigative solutions, has emerged as a crucial partner in the fight against these heinous acts.

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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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Tackling Human Trafficking in the Digital Age

March 1, 2023

In recent years, law enforcement and investigators have had to significantly adjust their approach to tackling human trafficking in the face of rapid digitalization.

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How AI Is Helping Law Enforcement Combat Human Trafficking

January 25, 2023

Artificial intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence processes by computer systems. AI systems are given vast amounts of training data that will be analyzed for correlations and patterns [1]. Once the AI system analyzes these patterns it can make predictions about future states. Machine learning computer algorithms aid AI in learning to work with a large amount of data. Machine learning data and algorithms will continue to gradually improve their accuracy over time. AI systems that use machine learning take data quickly to produce actionable information. It can trace relationships between data points that may be too complex for the human mind to identify. 

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ICAC Task Force: How Digital Forensics Uncover Human Trafficking

January 18, 2023

The ICAC Task Force program was started in 1998 by the U.S. Department of Justice to help law enforcement agencies learn how to investigate, prevent, and combat Internet Crimes Against Children or ICAC.

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How Border Agents Use Technology to Fight Human Trafficking

January 11, 2023

U.S. Customs and Border Protection works within the Department of Homeland Security to manage, control, and protect borders at and between ports of entry. One of the many tasks of Border Patrol agents is their role in the fight against human trafficking. Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act was signed into law in 2000, initiating the fight against national human trafficking [1]. 

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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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Meet Larry Cameron: CISO at Anti-Human Trafficking Intel Initiative

July 18, 2022

The Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII) is at the forefront of combating global human trafficking. ATII harnesses the power of corporate social responsibility by working with organizations to raise awareness, build intelligence, and foster technology advancements and strategic data collaboration to help stop human trafficking.

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Invest in Computer Forensics Software

March 31, 2022

Many are not aware of the common threats/investigations that officers, analysts, and investigators face on-scene or in the lab and how computer forensics software can help solve these investigations.

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Digital Evidence: Combating Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking

March 25, 2022

The Global Forensic and Justice Center hosted a panel on The Value of Digital Evidence in Combatting Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking. The panelists included:

  • Alexandria Wong, Digital Media (DOMEX) Trainer with the Global Forensic and Justice Center and FIU
  • Sondra Skelaney, Gender Violence Prevention Program Coordinator with CASE and FIU
  • Ailsa Slack, Director of Customer Success of ADF Solutions.

The panel focused on the role of technology, forensics, and digital evidence and revolved around four central questions which are highlighted below along with the key points discussed by the panel of subject matter experts.

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How Digital Forensic Tools Can Help You: The Importance of Forensics

February 23, 2022

Digital forensics is the science of recovering files, artifacts, and evidence from digital devices including mobile phones, tablets, computers (including Windows, Mac, and Linux), external drives, drive images, and other media storage (USB flash drives, memory cards, etc.). 

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Follow the Money, Find the Crime

February 2, 2022

Human trafficking encompasses a set of horrific and egregious crimes plaguing our world and destroying individuals and their families. These criminals use innovative and ever-changing methods to hide their activities and keep their victims silent, making their crimes difficult to detect and their identities challenging to discover. However, the same financial motivation that pushes individuals to commit these crimes can be their undoing when law enforcement has access to the most up-to-date digital forensics software, is able to locate the bank accounts and exact transactions involved in illegal activities.

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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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How to Stop Human Trafficking: Anti-Human Trafficking Investigations

January 5, 2022

Stopping human trafficking and modern slavery is a priority for many law enforcement agencies around the world, with specialized investigators leading the fight. The Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign defines human trafficking as involving the "use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be of any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations."

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ATII Announces Winners of Global Dark Web Hackathon

December 22, 2021

ADF Solutions’ partner recently held a global Dark Web Hackathon in advance of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII) the organization that combats human trafficking through increasing awareness, facilitating intelligence integration & technology advancement, and encouraging strategic data collaboration, today announced the winners of the inaugural annual Darkwebathon. The five-day virtual event attracted more than 330 registrants and generated thousands of reports sharing the ultimate goal of creating actionable intelligence so that law enforcement agencies can be equipped with real data to make arrests. 

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The Best Smartphone Triage: Field or Lab

March 4, 2021

Smartphone Triage is becoming more and more important with the exponential increase in the number of devices and explosion of digital data. Mobile device forensic examiners can use smartphone triage as a first step in early case assessment of incoming devices. 

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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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Using Philanthropy to Protect Children and Help Stop Human Trafficking

December 2, 2020

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives in many ways, including our ability to give back. In the midst of the holiday season, this is a time where people often reflect on the year and contemplate giving. So often, many of us volunteer at food pantries, organize toy drives, participate in charity fun runs, or find ways to participate in community service with others. 

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Entity Extraction, Keywords and Classification of Images and Videos (UPDATED JULY 2022)

September 14, 2020

ADF prioritizes digital evidence collection and provides investigators and examiners post-scan options to speed investigations. Post scan options let digital forensic investigators get fast and relevant evidence to make decisions on-scene and in the forensic lab.

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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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Cyber Response for Missing Child Investigations: NCPTF Conference

June 22, 2020

This week kicks off the 2020 National Child Protection Task Force Conference. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCPTF has moved the conference and training online as a virtual event with the focus on cyber response for missing child investigations. The topic is of vital importance since so many children around the world are online and at increased risk during the pandemic.

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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 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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2019 IACP Technology Conference

May 22, 2019

This week, nearly 1,000 law enforcement professionals from across the United States and around the world are meeting in Jacksonville, Florida for to discuss and discover new technologies designed to promote public safety, police safety and policing techniques. 

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Industry Solutions for Child Exploitation Investigations

March 6, 2019

Of all the investigations that a law enforcement agency may undertake, there may be none as difficult to deal with as crimes perpetrated against minors. The proliferation of online child exploitation material continues to be an issue worldwide, from child pornography to the facilitation of human trafficking. Luckily, investigators are not having to combat this problem alone thanks to industry solutions like those provided by ADF Solutions and the organizations below.  

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January 2, 2019

January 2019 is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Human trafficking has been a federal crime in the United States since The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 was passed into law as a federal statute.  Each year since 2010 has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month with January 11th each year being observed as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. 

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