Thursday, March 19, 2015

PROTECT executive director Grier Weeks will be testifying today on the subject of restitution for victims of child pornography before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. He will tell the committee that criminals who commit child exploitation crimes should be made to pay into a national victim compensation fund.

PROTECT is also calling for new criminal fines on predators to pay for increased law enforcement action. “While we are ‘making the predators pay,’ some portion [of the new fines] ... perhaps 50 percent, should be set aside to fund the rescue of today’s victims by law enforcement,” Weeks says in his testimony. “If we fail to use some of these funds for law enforcement, we are helping the strongest fraction of victims, while consigning the youngest and most endangered to further hell.”

View the Subcommittee’s hearing page

Read the Washington Times’ coverage

Read Grier Weeks’ testimony