ICE HSI Promotes Online Safety for Kids Through Virtual Presentations

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Child Exploitation Investigations Unit (CEIU) is now offering virtual presentations for school systems and youth organizations nationwide through the Project iGuardian program. Through online seminars, parents, teachers and students will have the opportunity to learn more about the dangers of online environments, how to stay safe online and how to report abuse and suspicious activity – particularly while kids are using online learning tools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A laptop, a phone, or other internet-connected devices could lead children into a world where they may be at risk. This is especially true with apps providing messaging, photo, or video-sharing capabilities; in chat rooms; and on gaming platforms,” said Erin Burke, section chief for Cyber Crimes Center CEIU and Victim Identification Program. “It is imperative that parents and other trusted adults have conversations with children and provide oversight to ensure they aren’t exposed to environments where they could potentially be vulnerable to predators.”

Organizations interested in taking part in the virtual presentations can submit requests to iGuardian@ice.dhs.gov. Requests should include the following information:

  • Contact information including organization, name, phone number, and email

  • Requested date/time

  • Preferred online platform

  • Type of audience:

    1. Parent, guardian or educator

    2. Children (Kindergarten – 5th grade)

    3. Youth (6th-8th grade)

    4. Youth (9th-12th grade)

Project iGuardian is an outreach effort to share information focused on keeping children and teens safe from online predators through education and awareness. The project helps children, teens, and parents be smarter about online safety and avert online sexual predators by providing safety tips a number to call, and a website with links to more information and resources.

In fiscal year 2019, the number of children HSI rescued and/or identified from instances of child exploitation grew to 1,069, compared to 859 the year prior. This fiscal year, as of March 2020, HSI has initiated more than 2,700 cases and have made more than 1,400 criminal arrests related to the exploitation of children. Since 2013, HSI has rescued and/or identified over 6,500 child victims, thanks in part to initiatives like Project iGuardian.

To report suspicious activity or instances of child sexual exploitation, contact your local law enforcement agency. Tips can be submitted online at ice.gov/tipline, by phone at 866-DHS-2-ICE or by contacting your local HSI office. Reports can also be filed with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST or online at cybertipline.org

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VACANCY ON THE COCHISE TECHNOLOGY DISTRICT (SIERRA VISTA seat) GOVERNING BOARD

Cochise County School Superintendent, Jacqui Clay, has announced a vacancy on the Cochise Technology School District (Sierra Vista) Governing Board effective September 30, 2019. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. To be eligible to hold this seat a person must; be a registered voter, be at least 18 years of age, have continually resided within the school district for at least one year immediately preceding taking office, and the candidate or their spouse cannot be employed by the school district

 

If you are interested in filling the vacancy, please email your letter of interest and resume to kmadden@cochise.az.gov or send a letter of interest and a resume to:

Cochise County School Superintendent, 1415 Melody Lane, Building C, Bisbee, AZ 85603 or Fax 520-432-7136. Once received, you will be contacted to set up a phone interview with Ms. Clay, Cochise County School Superintendent.

Please include information about yourself including education and work experience, why you would like to be a board member, your residence and mailing addresses, email and home/work phone numbers. Candidates may include letters of recommendation or support if they wish.

Contact: Nikki Madden Cochise County School Superintendent's Office 520-432-8951