KINSA Kids’ Internet Safety Alliance

KINSA Kids’ Internet Safety Alliance

August 21, 2007 11:32 ET

KINSA Trains Chilean Law Enforcement to Investigate and Prosecute the Sexual Exploitation of Children on the Internet

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2007) - KINSA - the Kids' Internet Safety Alliance - has partnered with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), and the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) to make kids around the world a bit safer.

Starting Monday, five Chilean federal police and five prosecutors will be at the UOIT in Oshawa to participate in an intensive five day training and knowledge sharing session with some of Canada's leading experts in the field of cyber-investigation. All expenses for this training will be paid for by the Canadian registered charity KINSA.

As part of its mandate to address the growing and insidious problem posed by the trading of sexual abuse imagery of children on-line, KINSA has founded a training institute to share best practices with police and prosecutors around the world. It is hoped that by sharing and collaborating, investigators normally divided by political boundaries can come together to meet the criminals on their turf and defeat them.

Canadian police, lead by the pioneering efforts of former Toronto Police Service Det. Sgt. Paul Gillespie, are recognized around the world for their use of the latest tools and techniques of cyber-investigation involving children. Gillespie is now the UOIT Cybercrime Director-in-Residence and a Vice Chair of KINSA. Gillespie will lead the training, supported by two other KINSA colleagues - Gary Ellis, retired Superintendent with the Toronto Police Service and David Butt, formerly a prosecutor specializing in the prosecution of these cases with the Ontario Crown Attorney's Office. The RCMP, through the NCECC, will also provide lecturers and expert training on the Child Exploitation Tracking Software (CETS), which is a Canadian developed software tool built by Microsoft, the Toronto Police Service and the RCMP. The UOIT is providing facilities including classrooms, residence space and its innovative Hacker Research Lab on which to demonstrate CETS.

"When we founded KINSA, one of the first things we identified as a need was for a training program that would allow investigators and prosecutors to come together to learn from each other and share best practices. I'm so excited that this partnership has come together and that we're now able to deliver this training," said Paul Gillespie, Vice Chair of KINSA. Discussions are presently underway to bring another class from Romania in December and Vietnam in the spring. Over the coming few months, KINSA will accelerate this training so that more investigators from around the world are trained.

"Chilean police and prosecutors are excited to be here, learning and collaborating with Canadian police and prosecutors," said Francisco Soto, Attorney with the Public Prosecutors Office Specialized Unit on Violent & Sex Crimes and leader of the Chilean delegation. "The tools and techniques we learn here will be brought back to Chile and used to help keep kids there and around the world a bit safer. We want to say thank you to our gracious hosts and we look forward to a productive week."



A media availability is being organized to allow media to speak to KINSA
representatives and their Chilean guests:

When:
Tuesday, August 21
3 to 4 p.m.

Where:
UOIT
Business and Information Technology building, Hacker Research Lab,
Room 2054
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario

Parking:
Enter off Simcoe Street and proceed to the Founders 2 parking lot.

For more information, contact:
Allison Rosnak
Communications and Marketing
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
(905) 721-8668 ext. 2513
Email: allison.rosnak@uoit.ca


About The Kids' Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA)

KINSA is dedicated to the elimination of online sexual exploitation of children and youth through advocacy, awareness, training and research. KINSA is a registered charity, non-partisan organization with expertise in law enforcement, prosecution, business and technology. For more information, please visit www.kinsa.net.

Contact Information

  • KINSA
    Michael Ras
    Vice Chair
    (647) 228-2339 (cell)
    Website: www.kinsa.net