The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) has partnered with Instagram to add an AMBER Alert feature on the social media platform to notify users of missing children in their area.
The AMBER Alerts contain the missing child’s photo and description, location of the suspected abduction, and vehicle identification, if known. Instagram users can share photos of missing children with friends and other users. AMBER Alerts are available on Instagram in 25 countries.
OJJDP has partnered with NCMEC for over 30 years to help recover missing children and prevent child victimization. In fiscal year 2021, OJJDP awarded nearly $37 million to fund its activities. Since its founding in 1984, NCMEC has helped law enforcement recover more than 376,000 missing children.