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ASACP Attends Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography Meeting in D.C.

Los Angeles, CA (June 23, 2008) – The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) was in Washington D.C. last week participating in the semi-annual meeting of the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography.

The Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography is a group of the world’s most prominent financial institutions, internet industry leaders, and child protection agencies working together with the shared goal to eliminate commercial child pornography. Founding members of the coalition include AOL, American Express, Bank of America, Chase, Citigroup, Discover, Visa, Wells Fargo, and Yahoo among others.

ASACP’s CEO Joan Irvine and Director of Compliance and Technology Tim Henning traveled to Washington, D.C. for the June 17 meeting of the coalition. On the agenda was a discussion of accomplishments and challenges with speakers from AOL, MasterCard, Microsoft, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In addition the meeting discussed Canadian efforts to fight child exploitation.

Henning, who has been a part of the Analytics Working Group since the coalition’s inception, was invited to join the Technology Challenges Working Group.

"The Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography believes that in order to stop child pornography you need to stop the flow of money that makes CP a profitable enterprise for criminals," stated Irvine. "ASACP has been an important part of the fight against CP and it is thanks to the support of the adult entertainment industry that we have been able to accomplish what we have."

While in D.C. Irvine also met with senior staff members from the offices of Senator John Kerry, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and Senator Joe Biden. Irvine commended Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse for declaring June as Internet Safety Month and discussed the award winning RTA ‘Restricted to Adults’ Website Label. Last month ASACP helped to kick off Internet Safety Month by holding a press conference at the historic National Press Club in D.C. where Irvine and adult film star Stormy Daniels discussed the adult entertainment industry’s efforts to protect children from age-inappropriate content online.

Founded in 1996, the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating child pornography from the Internet. ASACP also works to help parents prevent children from viewing age-inappropriate material online with its ‘Restricted to Adults’ Website Label. Companies and individuals interested in supporting ASACP may go to www.asacp.org for more information on how to get involved.

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