UPDATE: If you want American babies to be rescued from sexual abuse, then our ICAC teams need funding. Please call These Senators Now!

UPDATE: If you want American babies to be rescued from sexual abuse, then our ICAC teams need funding. Please call These Senators Now!

A Note from our Friends at PROTECT.org:

Congress is hours away from making a terrible mistake — and the lives and safety of thousands of children are at stake.

Today–and for the next few days–we need you to call

Sen. Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader)
(202) 224-3542

Sen. Mitch McConnell (Senate Minority Leader)
(202) 224-2541

What’s Going On…

In 2010, PROTECT secured $60 million for America’s “ICAC task forces” (ICAC is short for Internet Crimes Against Children). ICACs are law enforcement task forces that track child pornography traffickers across the Internet, often following the trail of evidence right to the door of a child who is being raped or tortured. Every day ICACs rescue children from horrible abuse.

But this $60 million is on the chopping block… potentially cut from billions in spending by selfish, fighting politicians who care more about taxes and scoring political points than they do about these children.

Why Inouye and Cochran? These two Senators control whether the $60 million stays or goes. They need to hear why ignoring the cries of children is a very dumb political move that could cost them Senate seats in 2012. If they won’t feel the pain of child victims, let’s remind them there’s enough pain to go around!

What to Say:

You don’t have to be an expert. You just need to make a few points:

1.  Tell them you vote.
2.  Tell them to demand the full $60 million in ICAC funding for 2011, no matter what kind of
spending bill the Senate ends up passing, Omnibus or CR *
3.  Tell them, “No excuses!” You’ll hold them and their party responsible.
4.  Tell them why it’s important to you personally.
Please Call NOW! You will save lives!
Please forward this to as many people as you can. Thank you.
* Here are the details if you need them. Remember, you don’t have to get into the weeds if you don’t want to… just tell them your values and your demands. You’re a voter, and that’s enough!

The full $60 million is already in the Senate FY11 appropriations bill for the Justice Department, also known as the “Omnibus.” If the Senate doesn’t pass an Omnibus, it will pass a “Continuing Resolution” (or “CR”) instead. If that happens, the $60 million gets cut in half to $30 million. That means half the children rescued!

If you hear that there might not be an Omnibus bill, but a CR instead, tell them you want the $30 million in the CR! They have the power to add “report language” that “carves out” the $30 million from the COPS budget. (That’s where it is now.)  This will bring the total ICAC funding back up to the $60 million now in the Senate spending bill or Omnibus.

–The Staff and Volunteers at PROTECT

Dec, 09, 2010