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ICE Reaches Out to 1,000 Students on Online Safety During iGuardian Summit

More than 1,000 students from the public schools in Guaynabo received tips on how to avoid falling victim to online sexual predators last week at the Guaynabo Police Athletic League Theater in Guaynabo. The presentation is the fifth child abuse prevention summit organized by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Puerto Rico as part of ICE’s iGuardian initiative.

As part of Project iGuardian, HSI special agents in San Juan organized the Internet safety outreach for kids 12 to 16 years old to provide them with the necessary tools to make smart decisions when navigating in the Internet. HSI San Juan made the massive event possible by soliciting the support from Guaynabo Mayor Angel Perez-Otero and his team, as well as the Secretary of Puerto Rico’s Department of Education, Julia Keleher, who also attended the event Monday.

“HSI is committed to combating the sexual exploitation of children in Puerto Rico, as such, investigations of child sexual exploitation are among HSI’s primary investigative priorities,” said Orlando Baez, acting special agent in charge of HSI San Juan. “We recognize the importance of education and community awareness regarding the dangers of online activity. Project iGuardian aims to counter a disturbing fact: many online child predators are able to find victims online because children are not aware of how dangerous online environments can be.”

Project iGuardian is focused on keeping children and teens safe from online predators through education and awareness. The project is an outreach effort to share information about the dangers of the online environment, how to stay safe online, and how to report suspicious activity.

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