Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice recognizes individuals, organizations, and agencies for their extraordinary efforts to find missing children, protect children from harm, and bring perpetrators to justice.
"It is truly inspiring to see the level of dedication and commitment demonstrated by these individuals to serving and protecting our nation's children."
—Attorney General Merrick B. Garland
Read more about the individuals who were honored for the 40th annual National Missing Children's Day. Watch the ceremony that was held on May 24, 2023.
Attorney General's Special Commendation: This commendation recognizes the extraordinary efforts of an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, an affiliate agency or an individual assigned to either for making a significant investigative or program contribution to the ICAC task force program.
Missing Children's Law Enforcement Award: This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of law enforcement officers who have made a significant investigative or program contribution to the safety of children.
Missing Children's Child Protection Award: This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of child protective service agency personnel, law enforcement officers or other professionals who have made a significant investigative or program contribution to protecting children from abuse or victimization.