1980s – 1990s
Establishment of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in the U.S. Justice Department. In 1983, MIM founder Fr. Morton A. Hill initiated a meeting in the White House between President Reagan and a group of national leaders concerned about the explosion of hardcore pornography. That meeting led to establishment of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography in 1985 and to the establishment of an Obscenity Unit in 1987. During the Reagan and first Bush administrations, the Obscenity Unit (renamed the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section) had remarkable success in putting leading commercial hardcore pornographers out of business. That group, which our current President and CEO, Patrick Trueman, had the privilege of leading, won more than 120 convictions in 5 years, without losing even one trial.