PBS: Failure to Protect
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PBS ~ Failure to Protect
These are some of the questions to be explored in "Failure to Protect: A
National Dialogue," a one-hour examination of America's child welfare policy
aired February 6, 2003 on PBS (check local listings).|
Presented by PBS's FRONTLINE and the FRED FRIENDLY SEMINARS, in collaboration
with Columbia University's Institute for Child and Family Policy, the one-hour
dialogue--to be moderated by NBC correspondent John Hockenberry--will feature
child welfare experts, leaders in the media, politics, and law; and individuals
who have experienced America's child welfare system first-hand: from birth
parents and foster parents to the caseworkers who are on the front lines of
America's child welfare system. In keeping with the format of the FRED FRIENDLY
SEMINARS, "Failure to Protect: A National Dialogue" will present panelists with
hypothetical scenarios that will enable them--and viewers--to explore how
current child welfare policies impact American families.
"Failure to Protect: A National Dialogue" will air as a follow-up to
FRONTLINE's two-part in-depth examination of Maine's Department of Human
Services. Part I: "Failure to Protect: The Taking of Logan Marr," examines the
case of a five-year-old girl whose death while in foster care prompted the
state of Maine to reexamine its child welfare policies. Part II: "Failure to
Protect: The Caseworker Files," takes viewers inside Maine's Department of
Human Services to follow a small group of caseworkers as they make the
difficult choices that confront them each day. FRONTLINE's "Failure to Protect"
films aired January and February 2003 on PBS,
"Failure to Protect: A National Dialogue" is a FRONTLINE co-production with the
FRED FRIENDLY SEMINARS and 10/20 Productions. The producers are Rachel Dretzin,
Muriel Soenens, and Barak Goodman. The creative consultant is Joan Greco. The
moderator is John Hockenberry.
FRONTLINE is produced by WGBH Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS.
Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers.
Additional funding for "Failure to Protect" is provided by The Robert Wood
"Failure to Protect: A National Dialogue" is a collaborative project between
the FRED FRIENDLY SEMINARS and the Institute for Child and Family Policy at
Columbia University. Funding for this FRED FRIENDLY SEMINARS program is
provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
The executive producer for FRONTLINE is David Fanning.
The executive producer for FRED FRIENDLY SEMINARS is Richard Kilberg.
PBS Website: http://www.pbs.org/
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Sex Criminals Online
A shocking expose of child molesters in cyberspace, Cybersex Cops premiered on April 11, 1998, on the A&E series Investigative Reports.|
The Internet provides a powerful, secretive, worldwide medium for distributing child pornography, along with information on child prostitution networks and sex tour operators. There are an estimated 5000 web sites for child pornography. The Justice Department calls it a major growth crime.
Child pornography by definition is the sexual exploitation of children. The concern is greater than the distribution of offensive images. The real fear is that pedophiles who trade in child pornography will, sooner or later, commit sexual crimes in their neighborhood - often using e-mail and internet chat rooms to arrange dates with their under-age victims.
It's an American problem ... and a global one. But there is no coordinated international effort to police cyberspace. When Belgian authorities learned that child-murderer Marc Dutroux had videoed his victims -- and those videos were on the Internet, they called an unlikely place for help: the Salt Lake City Bureau of the U.S. Customs Service -- the base for Don Daufenbach, a lone-wolf agent who patrols the dark side of cyberspace.
Known among fellow agents as "the vice cop of cyberspace" -- Daufenbach is using the Internet in a vendetta against the pedophile networks behind the illegal trade in child pornography. With exclusive and unprecedented access, award-winning film maker David Rabinovitch and his crews followed Agent Daufenbach through the course of several undercover operations. Among the key moments captured on video are the arrest of a child pornographer during the exchange of materials in Salt Lake City, and the conviction of a Vancouver pornographer who photographed his pre-teen rape victims, then sold their pictures on the Internet.
Most people have heard of the Internet. Few have heard of the Undernet -- the nefarious alternative where pedophiles and other perverts conduct their secret communications. Strangers aren't welcome in the pedophile chat rooms. The inhabitants are suspicious -- operating under screen names and supplying false identities to their service providers. This is the world that Agent Daufenbach has pioneered in penetrating. In the last two years, his investigations have resulted in nearly two dozen convictions.
In the course of these Internet investigations, the warped mind of the pedophile is revealed. In an exclusive interview behand bars in federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, "Hal" discusses the inner urges that made him a child molester. Now "Hal" is doing time -- lured to Utah and arrested in an undercover sting operation run by Agent Don Daufenbach.
In other segments, Cybersex Cops shows how private citizens as well as local police agencies are also patrolling the dark side of cyberspace. From her home in Tracy, California, activist Debbie Mahoney, whose son was molested, goes after the operators of pedophile web sites. In Golden, Colorado, D.A.'s Investigator Mike Harris arrested six pedophiles in just three months. With undercover cameras in position, a man who came to have sex with a 14-year old is captured in a local Burger King.
Touching on the issues of freedom of speech and regulation of the Internet, the documentary features interviews with Ann Brick of the ACLU, and Donna Rice Hughes, the woman who got Senator Gary Hart disqualified as a presidential candidate, and who is now the leader of the anti-pornography crusade "Enough is Enough."
Cybersex Cops was written and produced by David Rabinovitch. Executive Producer: David M. Frank.
VIDEOCASSETTES are be available.
For more information, contact:
David Rabinovitch, Producer
Moving Images Production Group
79 Belvedere Street, Suite 101
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-459-6363 Fax: 415-453-6034
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Clean Up the Web:
Laws, Internet Crimes, and Reporting;
For Parents: Child Safety Online; and
Advocates Against Child Porn on the Web
Adult-Child Sex: Is it Abuse or Misuse? (12/97)
Brief Overview of Pedophiles on the Web. (12/97)
Submitted by D. Mahoney and N. Faulkner, PhD
to the Internet Online Summit: Focus On Children,
Washington DC, December 1, 1997.
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