Alicia’s Law Tackles Child Exploitation

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Less than two percent of child exploitation cases are being investigated due to lack of dedicated federal resources. Alicia Kozakiewicz is working to pass Alicia’s Law in all 50 states to ensure there is a steady stream of state-specific funding to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces.  This new revenue stream will not become a victim to yearly fights over or cuts to the general budget and is not earmarked for nonprofit organizations or other related purposes.

Alicia’s Law is named for Kozakiewicz who was a victim of an internet luring in January of 2002 at the age of 13 and was abducted to another state and held captive until she was rescued by the FBI. She has since started “The Alicia Project” and pushes internet safety and awareness education to protect children.

HB1490 sponsored by Delegate Brooke Lierman (D – D46, Baltimore City) has a hearing on March 8 at 1pm in the House Appropriations committee. SB864 sponsored by Senator Susan Lee (D – D16, Montgomery County) has a hearing on March 10 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Both bills are entitled Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Fund – Establishment (Alicia’s Law).

Specifically, the bill will required that a specified portion of unclaimed lottery prices be paid to this Task Force Fund and establishes it was special, non-lapsing fund.

Citizens can call or email the committee chairs voicing their support for the bills’ passage via the contact information provided below:

 

HB1490

Chairman Maggie McIntosh    maggie.mcintosh@house.state.md.us    410-841-3407

 

SB864

Chairman Bobby Zirkin     bobby.zirkin@senate.state.md.us    410-841-3131

To learn more about Alicia’s Law, visit aliciaproject.org.