PROJECT VIC

Status

Ongoing

Challenge

Around the world, law enforcement who seize child sexual abuse material for cases are reviewing the content independently. They have no easy way to determine if the images they find on hard drives are of children who have already been identified or if they are new victims and require further action.

Our Approach

Through funding and advisorship, Thorn supports Project Vic – a collaborative effort between FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and law enforcement around the world to create a central repository of child sexual abuse image hashes, reduce the time it takes to analyze seized content collections and allow law enforcement to more rapidly focus on new content and possible victims. Project Vic uses a victim-centered approach and tools that allow participating law enforcement agencies to quickly eliminate around 85% of content and focus on the 15% that have not already been classified.

IMPACT

To date, hundreds of victims have been identified through Project Vic. To learn more, visit projectvic.org/.

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