Private sector partners
Blackberry, the company behind the BlackBerry product line, is a global leader in wireless innovation which revolutionised the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999.
The Child Rescue Coalition (CRC)
A Boca Raton-based nonprofit organization with global reach, has spent the past decade building the world’s most sophisticated technology to hunt online predators. Through proactive partnerships with law enforcement, the nonprofit’s system has tracked 44 million offenders around the world in order to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse. With a vision of protection through justice, the technology developed by the CRC has aided in the prosecution and conviction of more than 6,500 online predators and rescued over 1,000 abused children in the last four years alone. For more information, visit childrescuecoalition.org or call (561) 208-9000.
ECPAT is a global network of organisations committed to protecting children from commercial sexual exploitation. By having an in-depth understanding of the online experiences of children, ECPAT is able to share valuable research and intelligence with other VGT partners and law enforcement agencies.
Ms. Lemineur has two decades of experience in the field of human rights education, the protection of children from abuse and exploitation, as well as in ICT for development. She has authored and co-authored several publications on online child pornography and human rights education.
A law graduate from the University of Jean Moulin, Lyon, France, Ms. Lemineur earned a master’s of international human rights law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. She has worked as a consultant or in management positions for the Council of Europe Youth Centre Budapest, UNICEF Costa Rica, the International Telecommunication Union and several NGOs.
Currently, Ms. Lemineur is the Head of the global programme Combating Sexual Exploitation of Children Online at the Bangkok-based ECPAT International Secretariat. She also serves on the International Advisory Council of Public Interest Registry the operator of the .ORG and .NGO domain names.
ICDL Arabia is the regional arm of the ECDL Foundation, a vendor-neutral, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to raising digital competence standards in the workforce, education and society. Initially funded by the European Union Commission in support of its Member States and later adopted by UNESCO-UCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) for Arab States, the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) certification programme validates the skills of the masses through structured training and testing on the latest ICT proficiencies required by today’s workplace and society. ICDL is delivered through a network of more than 24,000 accredited centres across 100 countries in 41 languages. It enables individuals as well as organisations to assess, build and certify their competence in the use of computers and digital tools to the globally-recognised ICDL standard.
As a thought-leader on the topic of basic ICT skills and the responsible use of technology aimed at the masses, with more than 54 million ICDL tests taken, we made a solemn commitment to advocate the topic cyber safety, not only in our teaching, but also through raising public awareness on the subjects of cyber bullying, cyber addiction, and online exploitation- all in the interest of protecting children. Today, ICDL is a major contributor to national cyber safety initiatives working with policy-makers within the governmental and educational authorities.
ICMEC is leading a global movement to protect children from sexual exploitation and abduction. ICMEC works with partners on six continents to provide governments, law enforcement agencies, private sector companies, and non governmental organisations with the training, expertise and support required to enforce and protect the rights of children.
INHOPE supports and coordinates worldwide internet hotlines dealing with illegal content online, primarily child sexual abuse material. With internet hotlines being an effective first line of defence against illegal activity online, INHOPE’s work strongly aligns with the VGT’s aims of keeping children safe online.
Verónica Donoso (PhD) is INHOPE Executive Director. INHOPE is the global umbrella organisation uniting National Internet hotlines engaged in combating online child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse material. Verónica has more than 13 years of academic and professional experience in the field of children and child internet safety and is a strong advocate for the need to better protect and empower children online through effective and coordinated multi-stakeholder approaches. Through her career Verónica has advised a number of institutions including the European Commission, UNICEF, the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) and the World Federation of Advertisers. She has developed methodologies to assess the compliance of industry-based self-regulatory initiatives such as the Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU and the EU Pledge. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the International Advisory Board of the WePROTECT Global Alliance.
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION (IJM)
International Justice Mission (IJM) is leading the fight in the developing world to protect the poor from violence. The largest organization of its kind, IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims from trafficking and other forms of violent abuse, bring the criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. Through our projects in the developing world, IJM’s unique model is proving that stronger law enforcement can reduce the victimization of the poor through trafficking and slavery and sustainably protect all vulnerable people in a community from future exploitation. IJM’s team includes hundreds of lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals at work in nearly 20 communities throughout Africa, Latin America and South and Southeast Asia.
Melanie Martinson is with International Justice Mission. She joined IJM in 2013 after 15 years in U.S. federal law enforcement conducting computer forensics, intrusion investigations, and child exploitation cases. Melanie held a position as Resident Agent in Charge at the NASA Office of Inspector General, where she managed all cyber related investigations at NASA centers in the Eastern U.S. Melanie is also a former U.S. Air Force officer. Melanie currently serves as IJM’s Director of Cyber Investigations and Data Fusion. She assists IJM teams in combatting cybersex trafficking and developing digital forensic tools and is developing a criminal analytics capability at IJM Headquarters.
Kik is a smartphone messenger that is focused on being the best place to have a meaningful conversation with someone new. Kik remains committed to user safety and has teams dedicated to content moderation and collaborating with law enforcement agencies around the world. Information on how officers can work with Kik and reach the Law Enforcement Response team is described in our online guide: Kik’s Guide for Law Enforcement.
Lisa van Heugten, Trust and Safety Manager
Lisa van Heugten manages the Trust and Safety team at Kik Interactive, Inc. She is responsible for developing and implementing policies and processes that govern law enforcement support and reports of illegal activity on Kik. Lisa is actively involved in company wide projects that assist with detecting and deleting child exploitation content and created and manages Kik’s employee resilience program.
Magnet Forensics is a global leader in the development of products for law enforcement, military and intelligence agencies that acquire, analyze and report on digital evidence from smartphones, tablets and computers. Its products are used by thousands of agencies in over ninety countries on cases ranging from the exploitation of children to terrorism, cybercrime and almost every other form of criminal activity that is enabled by the internet.
The company was founded by a former law enforcement officer who developed a solution to recover a user’s activity and communications from their digital devices while investigating cases of child exploitation during his time serving in the digital forensics unit. The company maintains a deep commitment to serving its partners in law enforcement in their efforts to combat the exploitation of children.
Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit
Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Transforming the fight against digital crime through partnerships, and legal and technical breakthroughs that destroy the way cybercriminals operate.
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) is a unique team in the tech industry, focused on making the world safer by disrupting some of the most difficult cybercrime threats facing society today – including technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and malicious software crimes, particularly botnet-driven Internet attacks. With cooperation across industry, law enforcement, academia, government, and NGOs worldwide, DCU aims to put cybercriminals out of business and help the global Internet community protect itself and thrive.
Courtney Gregoire works as a senior attorney for Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, where she fights technology-facilitated crime against vulnerable populations including children and the elderly.
Before returning home to Washington State, Courtney spent nearly 10 years working in Washington D.C. in senior-level positions in both the legislative and executive branches. From 2009 to 2012, Courtney served as Director of the National Export Initiative for President Obama and Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Before joining the Obama administration, she served as Legislative Director and Chief Counsel for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. Courtney began her career at K&L Gates, an international law firm, counseling companies on legislative and regulatory matters.
Courtney was re-elected as Commissioner for the Port of Seattle in 2015 where she focuses on expanding our regional economy, supporting family-wage jobs and protecting our natural environment. Courtney serves as a Board Member of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Courtney graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Willamette University and received her law degree from Harvard Law School. She lives in Seattle with her husband Scott Lindsay and their two young daughters.
National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC)
Since its opening, the NCAC has aided in the establishment of more than 1,000 Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in communities throughout the United States and in 26 countries, with another 24 countries working to develop these programs in support of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Lanzarote Convention. These programs have revolutionized the response to child abuse, serving more than 315,000 children in 2015 alone. The mission of the NCAC is to model, promote, and deliver excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership. To accomplish this mission, the NCAC continues to operate as a Child Advocacy Center in our community while also providing training to more than 10,000 professionals each year through our diverse, international training and technical assistance activities.
Chris Newlin, MS LPC, is the Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center where he is responsible for providing leadership and management of the NCAC and participating in national and international training and leadership activities regarding the protection of children. The NCAC was the first Child Advocacy Center in the world, and continues to provide prevention and intervention services for child abuse in Huntsville/Madison County, AL; and, also houses the NCAC Training Center, the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the NCAC Virtual Training Center, and the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO). The NCAC is a past multi-year winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Workplace Ethics, 2012 Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year, 2016 Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Community Leadership Award, 2017 Best Places to Work Winner, and a Private Sector Member of the Virtual Global Taskforce. Chris has provided training in more than twenty countries throughout the world at numerous international conferences, and also provides technical assistance on a regular basis to professionals working to develop Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the world.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) -Established in 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. As part of its Congressional authorization, NCMEC has created a unique public and private partnership to build a coordinated, national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children, establish a missing children hotline and serve as the national clearinghouse for information related to these issues.
Michelle C. DeLaune is the Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
During her 18-year career at NCMEC, she was responsible for establishing NCMEC’s extensive program of work and policies responding to the explosion of online child sexual exploitation. Under her leadership, the CyberTipline has received more than 15 million reports regarding the sexual exploitation of children and currently makes critical information available to more than 100 countries around the globe. Ms. DeLaune was instrumental in the development of multiple voluntary Industry initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of online child sexual abuse material.
In 2002, to ensure a victim-centric approach to digital crimes, Ms. DeLaune created the first-ever Child Victim Identification Program to assist with the identification and rescue of child victims featured in sexually abusive images and videos. Globally-regarded as the premier victim identification program, NCMEC has dramatically increased the number of identified children victims to more than 12,000 children.
NetClean is an organization that develops technical products to stop the spread of online child abuse images.
Mr. Christian Berg founded NetClean Technologies 10 years ago with the purpose to develop technical solutions to stop the spread of child sexual abuse content. He has grown the company to its current global market position, partnering with law enforcement all over the world and IT-companies such as Microsoft and Intel.
With a strong technology background in software development, security and cloud services, Christian has an extensive global network of technical experts. He is an experienced speaker and is often invited to speak about technical solutions against child abuse content as well as media management solutions at events around the world.
Mr. Christian Berg has a Master’s Degree in Automation Engineering from Chalmers University of Technologies and a Master’s Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship.
The product and services from NetClean Technologies are used all over the world by over 3000 law enforcement agencies, ISPs and Fortune500 companies.
PayPal is a payment processor, which employs multiple sophisticated models to detect and remove accounts that are involved in the distribution of child sexual exploitation material. PayPal is also a member of the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography and the Asia Pacific Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography.
Telstra is one of Australia’s leading providers of mobile phones, mobile devices, home phones and broadband internet.
The Code Of Conduct For The Protection Of Children From Sexual Exploitation In Travel And Tourism (The Code)
The Code Of Conduct For The Protection Of Children From Sexual Exploitation In Travel And Tourism (The Code)
engages the tourism industry (hotels, airlines, tour operators) to request their commitment in accepting their Code of Conduct. Already more than 1000 travel companies from 42 countries have signed This Code of Conduct, which seeks to protect children from travelling child sex offenders. The VGT and The Code will work together to link the travel and tourism industry and law enforcement and raise further awareness of this Code of Conduct.
Damien Brosnan manages The Code’s global secretariat, based in Bangkok and with members across the globe. He works with local NGOs, UN agencies and the private sector to raise awareness and promote action on child protection in travel and tourism. He has worked with The Code since 2015, following roles with Care/UNICEF working on emergency relief.
Web-IQ is a company based in the Netherlands that has built an Intelligence platform “VoyagerOne” analysing both the open Internet and the Darknet. This Online Intel Platform is used by Law Enforcement to build knowledge on phenomena like TCSO (Transnational Child Sex Offenses) and to detect, identify and prosecute offenders and networks of offenders that produce and distribute child abuse material. By doing so they are able to save children from being abused and as a result make Cyberspace safer and the world a better place.
World Vision (WV) is a child-focussed humanitarian, development and advocacy organisation which is well placed to assist VGT partners and law enforcement agencies with vital information and intelligence. As part of the World Vision global partnership, WV has access to invaluable information on emerging trends and best practice in preventing and responding to child sexual exploitation. WV will work to harness the perspectives of children and communities to enhance law enforcement efforts.
ZiuZ – with 50 people, headquartered in the Netherlands, is on the front line of developing applications in the field of digital image and video processing. Our core competence is Visual Intelligence. We develop high-tech hardware and software products that derive valuable and actionable intelligence from images and video. Intelligence that is used by our customers in their primary processes. Our mission is to use our core competence to help solve socially relevant problems.
ZiuZ has two business lines: Medical and Forensic. Within Medical we produce equipment that uses machine vision and artificial intelligence to check the contents of pre-packaged pill pouches at high speeds. Forensic is predominantly focused on the development of applications to support police investigations involving, amongst other things, child sexual abuse. Forensic successfully markets the VizX product line, a wide range of integrated applications covering the entire chain of investigation from capture, intake and fast analysis. VizX is in use in all Dutch regional police forces. VizX products are also used in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, UK, Sweden and Switzerland. Outside the EU, products are used in the US, South Africa and Australia.
The last twelve years ZiuZ proved it can close the gap between high-tech science and markets. ZiuZ has expert knowledge of product development and system integration.
Jos Flury joined ZiuZ early 2013 as Executive Vice President responsible for the Forensic business unit. His main focus is to strengthen and expand ZiuZ’ international presence and to promote collaboration with all stakeholders fighting child exploitation and abuse.
Jos has a Master degree in the Development and Application of Information Systems and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Management Science. He has a wealth of experience in developing systems that support the primary process of its users and managing large scale projects in different types of industries.