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Encyclopedia > National Child Victim Identification Program

The National Child Victim Identification Program (NCVIP) is the world's largest database of child pornography, maintained by the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the United States Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for the purpose of identifying victims of child abuse.[1][2] Generally, child pornography (sometimes referred to as CP, child porn, KP, or kiddie porn) is an illegal form of pornography, featuring minors. ... Justice Department redirects here. ... The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was established in 1984 as a private, non-profit organization, but seems more like a department of Justice program, based on the $30-million funding each year. ...

Development of the database began in 1999, and it was launched in 2003. It contains images contributed by the FBI, Secret Service, Postal Inspection Service, and several other organizations.[1] In March 2005, the Justice Department's database with merged with that of the NCMEC.[3] The database uses image analysis software developed by LTU Technologies to detect victims.[4] Official FBI Seal The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal criminal investigative and intelligence agency which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... USSS redirects here. ... The United States Postal Inspection Service or USPIS is the law enforcement arm of the United States Postal Service. ... LTU Technologies provides image search and image filter software. ...

As a security measure, police are not allowed to manually browse the database, and they cannot identify victims by name. Instead, they are given contact information for higher-level officers who have security clearance.[5]

The program was created by Andrew Oosterban, head of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Justice Department. [6]

In early 2006, United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales used images from the NCVIP database to view child pornography, as part of a campaign for his Project Safe Childhood initiative. According to a speech he gave at the NCMEC, Gonzales saw images of "older men forcing naked young girls to have anal sex", "a young toddler, tied up with towels, desperately crying in pain while she is being brutally raped and sodomized by an adult man", and "a mere infant being savagely penetrated". He described the experience as "shocking".[7] Alberto Gonzales, current Attorney General of the United States The United States Attorney General is the head of the United States Department of Justice concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government. ... Alberto R. Gonzales (born August 4, 1955) is the 80th and current Attorney General of the United States, becoming the first Hispanic to serve in the position. ...


  1. ^ a b Houston Chronicle, "Government developing huge child porn database". 4 April 2003
  2. ^ CBS News, "Combatting Kiddie Porn", 6 April 2003
  3. ^ Statement of Chris Swecker Before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, 6 April 2006
  4. ^ LTU Technologies, press release, 24 March 2003
  5. ^ The Register, "US.gov builds huge child porn database", 14 April 2003
  6. ^ Symposium on Online Child Exploitation
  7. ^ Alberto Gonzales, "Prepared Remarks of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)" 20 April 2006



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