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ICE expands reach of smartphone app designed to locate child predators and rescue their victims

ICE expands reach of smartphone app designed to locate child predators and rescue their victims

ICE expands reach of smartphone app designed to locate child predators and rescue their victims
Spanish, Android versions now available

  • ICE expands reach of smartphone app designed to locate child predators and rescue their victims

En Español

WASHINGTON — The first U.S. federal law enforcement app designed to seek the public’s help with fugitive and unknown suspected child predators is now available for Android smartphones, and in Spanish for both Apple and Android versions.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) launched the initial Operation Predator app for Apple products in September 2013. Within 36 hours of its launch, the app helped HSI special agents apprehend a suspect. The latest versions of the app are expected to significantly increase public outreach to help locate child predators and rescue their victims.

“This app is one piece of our commitment to ensuring child predators have absolutely nowhere to hide,” said Acting ICE Director Thomas Winkowski.

The Spanish language versions of the app are built-in to the iOS and Android applications and require no additional downloads. Users who already have the iOS version simply need to update the app or download it fresh from the Apple Store or iTunes.

ICE’s predator app allows users:

  • to receive alerts in their smartphones about wanted predators,
  • to share the information with friends via email and social media tools,
  • to provide information to HSI by calling or submitting an online tip, and
  • to view news about arrests and prosecutions of child predators.

The app also provides additional resources about HSI and its global partners in the fight against child exploitation.
The iOS version of the app can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store and iTunes; the Android version is available on the Google Play store.

The first ICE app released in 2013 received honorable mention for “Best App” in PR News’ 2014 Social Media Icon Awards June 2 in New York City. It was one of eight award finalists. The iOS version of the Predator app has been downloaded more than 93,400 times since its initial launch in 2013.

HSI requests anyone with information about the fugitives profiled in the app to contact the agency in one of two ways, which can both be done through the app:

  • Call the HSI Tip Line, which is staffed 24-hours a day: 866-347-2423 from the United States and Canada, or 802-872-6199 from anywhere in the world, or;
  • Complete an online tip form at www.ice.gov/tips.

Members of the public should not attempt to personally apprehend suspects.

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SLA Connections – Oct.7, 2014

SLA Connections – Oct.7, 2014

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CRS Insights: Increased Department of Defense Role in U.S. Ebola Response, CRS Insights (October 1, 2014)

CRS Insights: Increased Department of Defense Role in U.S. Ebola Response, CRS Insights (October 1, 2014)

Increased Department of Defense Role in U.S. Ebola Response, CRS Insights (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

On September 16, 2014, President Obama announced a major increase in the U.S. response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Department of Defense (DOD) submitted requests to Congress to make excess Overseas Contingency Operations funds appropriated for FY2014 available to support this effort. The requested funds would be used to provide humanitarian assistance, including:

  • transportation of DOD and non-DOD personnel and supplies;
  • coordination of delivery of supplies from both DOD and non-DOD sources such as isolation units,
  • personnel protective equipment, and medical supplies;
  • construction of 17 planned Ebola treatment units;
  • and, training and education in support of sanitation and mortuary affairs functions to limit the spread of the Ebola outbreak.

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CSAF discusses Air Force future

Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Mark A. Welsh, gives the Air Force update at the Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference.

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September is Suicide Prevention Month


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of 1

One click, one call, one text — one life. 

One small act can make a difference in the life of a Veteran or Service member in crisis.

Every year, organizations across the country recognize September as Suicide Prevention Month. This year, the Veterans Crisis Line is asking you to think about the power of one and consider the many ways a single act can give Veterans access to confidential support and resources.

For Veterans going through a difficult time and their loved ones who are concerned about them, a single call, chat, or text can be a critical first step. One conversation with a Veteran about how he or she is doing can open the door to services and support.

Everyone can be the person who makes a difference in a Veteran’s life, and connecting with support doesn’t have to be hard. The Veterans Crisis Line can help.

Free, Confidential Resources

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that Veterans and their families and friends can access any day, anytime. Trained professionals — some of them Veterans themselves — are ready to listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Since launching in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.25 million calls and made more than 39,000 lifesaving rescues.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) counts on grass-roots networks and community organizations to spread the word that support is just a call, click, or text away — because one small act can make the difference.

Identifying Signs of Crisis

VA urges groups and individuals nationwide to stay alert for signs of suicide risk. The first step in preventing suicide is understanding the warning signs; people may show signs of risk before considering harming themselves. Warning signs include:

  • Hopelessness, feeling like there’s no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
  • Feeling like there’s no reason to live
  • Rage or anger
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  • Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention:

 

  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself
  • Talking about death, dying or suicide
  • Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.

If you notice these warning signs, tell a Veteran about the Veterans Crisis Line, or make the call yourself. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255 for free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

 

Spread the Word

This Suicide Prevention Month, show how the power of one single act can save a life.

 

Visit VeteransCrisisLine.net/ThePowerof1 to download free Suicide Prevention Month materials, including flyers to print and distribute, digital ads to display on your website, and content to post on social networks or publish in newsletters. Learn how you and your community can work together to prevent suicide.

 

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. We are all part of the solution, and it starts with one small act.

 

Visit VeteransCrisisLine.net to learn more.

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The Baltimore Museum of Art Fall Internship Program 2014

The following internship was forwarded to DMIL for sharing. More information can be found here: http://www.artbma.org/about/internships.html

Library & Archives

The Archival Processing Intern will work under the direction and supervision of the BMA’s Head Librarian and Archivist to process institutional records for 15-month project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The Intern will gain experience with archival standards, preservation methods, and software such as Archivists’ Toolkit.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

*         Archival Processing (arrangement and preservation)

*         Creation of an EAD-encoded finding aids

*         MARC21 records

Qualifications

*         Commitment of 120 hours

*         Enrolled in or recent graduate from a Graduate-level program in Archives or related field

*         Experience processing archival materials

Stipend

*          The Archival Processing Intern will receive a stipend of $2,000

Apply

Please download the Application Instructions to learn how to apply for this position. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us at volunteer@artbma.org.

Emily Rafferty
Head Librarian and Archivist
The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
(443) 573-1780

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