Former U.S. Marine Jeremy Boutwell, is now assigned now to work with ICE in metro Atlanta. “I’ve seen some pretty bad things that humanity is capable of doing in certain situations.” He added, “This stuff is worse, without a doubt.”
He is one of many vets now trained to hunt for clues about “where these acts of child rape are videoed.” He related that, even before training was completed, one of the wounded warriors, Army Reserve Capt. Hampton Culp, helped break a case that led to the rescue of a child whose abuse had been broadcast online.
“To take bad guys off the street, to serve my country and to protect my children, your children and other children– I mean, truly if there was something that the Lord intended for me to do, it would be to do this job,” Agent David Westall said. The wounded warriors will be on a 10-month internship, but ICE hopes those internships become full-time jobs. Nicholson confirmed that of the 17 fanned out across the country, four will be in Georgia.
The wounded warriors will be on a 10-month internship, but ICE hopes those internships become full-time jobs. Nicholson confirmed that of the 17 fanned out across the country, four will be in Georgia.
“I think that what you have is one of the best child exploitation efforts coming from Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Atlanta, and in the region,” said Camille Cooper from the National Association to Protect Children—called “Protect” for short. She called Nicholson “one of the best in the country.” But also, she added, “You have a concentration of child pornography leads in urban areas. You know, where there’s high-speed Internet you are going to find concentrations of perpetrators. It doesn’t mean that they don’t exist in rural areas.”
The wounded warrior initiative is an unusual joint project between ICE and Protect. Cooper said the non-profit can bring corporate support and other things to the table that ICE, as a government agency, cannot solicit. She said that’s especially important in these lean economic times. “There are children literally that are waiting,” “They’re waiting and every night they go to bed and they pray. They pray to God and they say, ‘God, please come save me from this hell. Please rescue me. Please make this stop.’” Cooper says not all participants nationwide had combat wounds. She says some of them suffered other illnesses or injuries while serving.
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