Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the recipients of the 2020 National Missing Children's Day awards. These awards recognize the extraordinary efforts of individuals to find missing children and bring child sexual predators and child pornographers to justice. They include:
- Attorney General's Special Commendation
- Missing Children's Law Enforcement Award
- Missing Children's Citizen Award
- Missing Children's Child Protection Award
The Department recognized nine law enforcement officers from Wisconsin, Louisiana, and Florida, and a bus driver from Florida. The Department also recognized fifth-grader Elliana Conrad of Oregon, who won this year's poster contest.
“The Department of Justice is proud to honor the law enforcement officers and private citizens who showed courage, presence of mind, and an unwavering commitment to protecting children from dangerous predators,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “We thank these heroes, whose actions made it possible to bring to justice those who attempted to exploit our most innocent and vulnerable citizens.”
Due to COVID-19, the Department canceled this year's in-person ceremony and is commemorating National Missing Children's Day virtually through a website featuring additional information about the awardees, poster contest winner, and related resources. The site includes statements from OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp and Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan.