About Us

The National Law Center for Children and Families (NLC) was formed in 1991 and has since served as an agent of change and education in the areas of child sexual exploitation. The NLC is proud to continue this service today in seminars and through its website, www.nationallawcenter.org.

The NLC PROTECTS Seminar Series is an effort to train prosecutors, investigators and local government attorneys on the challenges involved in child sexual exploitation. The seminars feature experts on topics including child pornography investigation and prosecution, Internet forensics, on-line enticement investigation, human trafficking, sex offender management at the local level, the Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act of 2006, and other child sexual exploitation issues. A seasonal newsletter, The Enforcer, and a law enforcement-only website are additional components of the Seminar Series.

The NLC has filed amicus curiae briefs in federal and state courts in nearly all major child pornography cases, often in coalition with other concerned organizations, as a “friend of the court” in support of laws and law enforcement or on behalf of members of Congress. One such case is United States v. Williams which will be heard before the United States Supreme Court in October 2007.

NLC has also prepared state legal manuals for law enforcement professionals on child exploitation crimes. This partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has provided a concise resource on each state’s child exploitation statutes, cases, and law.

The NLC also recognizes outstanding law enforcement, prosecutors and concerned citizens who confront child sexual exploitation. The NLC’s Child Defender of the Month award recognizes these individuals for their selfless work in defending children and families across the nation.

The National Law Center for Children and Families is the source for experienced training and recognized expertise in the specialized area of child sexual exploitation law.