January 13, 2017
This presentation will provide a short overview of the global child exploitation problem and how Homeland Security Investigations is heading up the fight against child exploitation and utilizing cutting edge technology with old fashioned detective work to identify and rescue the child victims, identify and apprehend the suspects and identify and locate the crime scenes. See how the virtual world and physical world meet in a high tech battle of good and evil.
Jim Cole is a Special Agent/Section Chief in the Homeland Security Investigations, Cyber Division, Cyber Crimes Center, Child Exploitation Investigations Unit. Jim is the National Program Manager for the Victim Identification Program managing 27 Victim ID Teams, the central program and the VI Laboratory. Jim stood up HSI's Victim Identification Program in 2011, thus far resulting in the identification and rescue of over 500 child victims. As a special agent and digital forensic agent he has been conducting child sexual exploitation investigations for the past thirteen years and prior to that was a detective working violent crimes, including child sexual abuse and homicide. Jim is the Chairman of the Interpol Experts Group on Victim Identification, part of the Interpol Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children. He teaches advanced image and video forensics, Adobe Photoshop for Law Enforcement and Victim Identification Methods and Techniques around the world and is a global trainer for INTERPOL’s Crimes Against Children Team and the Kid’s Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA). Jim recently helped develop the course curriculum and present the first two week international Victim Identification Training Course at the European Police College in Budapest, Hungary.