Child abuse is a worldwide issue. Massive international online child pornography ring dismantled.

It breaks our hearts that child pornography exists.

Listen to this BBC radio segment starting at 1hr 35mins as National Children’s Alliance Executive Director, Teresa Huizar, discusses the recent take-down of a massive child pornography ring in the United States.

“Never before in the history of this agency have we identified and located this many minor victims in the course of a single child exploitation investigation,” said Daniel Ragsdale, deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Read the full statement issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement here.

Thank you to all the Child Advocacy Centers in the nation that took part in conducting forensic interviews and supporting the victims. More details about the bust are found in these two articles: “Feds Bust Massive Porn Ring” and “Australian victims in massive US child porn ring.”

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“Judge approves forensic interview for rape victim”

This following news article by Rapid City Journal in South Dakota: “Judge approves forensic interview for rape victim” demonstrates the importance of providing forensic interviews to victims of abuse. The girl in the article should have been provided a forensic interview that was properly recorded, two years ago. Unfortunately, she was not provided this opportunity. Now, two years later, she is being possibly pressured to share her story once again in order for justice to be delivered. Forensic interviewers serving at Child Advocacy Centers are specially trained to conduct interviews with children. At Child Advocacy Centers, forensic interviews are recorded so that children only have to share their story once, and avoid the trauma of having to share their story multiple times. Recording interviews also preserves a child’s statement for legal purposes. In this way, children’s voices are heard and honored.

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Elizabeth Smart recognizes the importance of Child Advocacy Centers

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An Evening With Elizabeth Smart, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, KCTV5’s Bonyen Lee interviewing Elizabeth Smart

Last year, Elizabeth Smart came to Kansas City share her story. As a survivor of child abuse and abduction, Elizabeth recognizes the importance of child advocacy centers. Examiner.com reports “When [Elizabeth] was discovered with and rescued from her captors, her family wrapped her in a cocoon of protection from the media, but [Elizabeth] was still required to answer question after question from investigators, prosecutors and others representing the legal system….[Elizabeth] expressed her belief that if a child protective center—like the one in Kansas City—had been available to her, it would have helped move the justice system more quickly and could have made the process easier to navigate.” Click here to read more of the article.

The Child Protection Center is the only nationally-accredited child advocacy center serving Jackson and Cass Counties in Missouri. We are so thankful that Elizabeth Smart traveled to Kansas City last year to promote the importance of child advocacy centers!

How does the Children’s Advocacy Center model work?

Ever wonder how a child advocacy center (CAC) works? CACs coordinate multidisciplinary team members to provides services to children and their caretakers throughout the investigation of abuse. Check out this great info graphic to understand how CACs coordinate services! The core function of CACs are captured in blue.

How do CACs work