NEWS 2015

The United Arab Emirates assume chair of Virtual Global Taskforce

November 19, 2015

Earlier this month, the United Arab Emirates assumed the chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), an international alliance of law enforcement and private sector agencies dedicated to combating online child sexual exploitation and other forms of transnational child sexual exploitation. 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has led the alliance for the past three years. 

As chairmanship of the VGT rotates among members every three years, UAE will oversee the international taskforce until 2018.

The UAE will be the fourth chair of the VGT since its inception in 2003. Prior to ICE, the VGT was chaired by the United Kingdom’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) who established this taskforce with six founding law enforcement agencies, and the Australian Federal Police.

INHOPE member hotlines are first responders in the fight against online child sexual abuse and as such INHOPE‘s work strongly aligns with the VGT‘s aims of keeping children safe online. 
INHOPE joined the VGT as a private member in 2011. 

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