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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

An OJJDP partner, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children© (NCMEC) serves as an information clearinghouse and national resource center on issues related to victims, missing and exploited children and operates a national toll-free hotline.
Description

Overview

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children© (NCMEC), serves as an information clearinghouse and national resource center on issues related to victims, missing and exploited children and operates a national toll-free hotline.

In furtherance of its private mission, In partnership with OJJDP, NCMEC partners with OJJDP to provide resources, technical assistance, and prevention services to victims, families and the public, as well as support to law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local levels in cases involving missing and exploited children. NCMEC's 24-hour hotline, 800-THE-LOST© (1-800-843-5678) has received more than 5 million calls in the last 36 years. Additionally, NCMEC operates the CyberTipline© the nation's centralized reporting system for suspected child sexual exploitation.

NCMEC serves as a partner with OJP and OJJDP as the missing children clearinghouse and in secondary distribution of reports on behalf of AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) coordinators.

Each year, NCMEC honors individuals, organizations and law enforcement who have made outstanding contributions in the fight to recover missing children and protect children from victimization.

Contacts

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Charles B. Wang International Children's Building
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3175
800-843-5678
703-224-2122 (fax)
http://www.missingkids.org/

Resources

OJJDP Publications

2019 AMBER Alert Report: Analysis of AMBER Alert Cases in 2019
OJJDP-Sponsored, 2020. This report from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children presents an update on AMBER Alert Cases in 2019. NCJ 256033. 42 pages.
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The AMBER Advocate, Issue 4 2020
OJJDP-Sponsored, December 2020. This issue of The AMBER Advocate features efforts in California to increase the effectiveness of the state's AMBER Alerts, and the rescue of a kidnapped infant in Georgia through swift response by law enforcement and the issuance of an AMBER Alert. NCJ 255946. 16 pages.
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AMBER Alert Best Practices, Second Edition
OJJDP-Produced, April 2019. The purpose of this guide is to increase awareness, understanding, and promotion of the AMBER Alert system, whose goal is to galvanize communities to assist in the search for and safe recovery of an abducted child, with attention to the most serious child-abduction cases. NCJ 252759. 68 pages. 
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AMBER Alert Field Guide for Law Enforcement Officers
OJJDP-Produced, May 2019. The AMBER Alert Field Guide for Law Enforcement Officers was developed to help law enforcement personnel become stronger and more confident contributors to their jurisdictions' AMBER Alert programs. Organized by key areas of law enforcement response, the guide provides suggested best practices from subject matter experts who have been active in AMBER Alert programs throughout the country. Topics include initial on-scene response and investigation; establishing and operating tips and leads; search and recovery operations; screening and training volunteers; interacting with abduction victims' families; managing media; and more. NCJ 252795. 36 pages.
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AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program Fact Sheet
OJJDP-Sponsored, February 2019. This fact sheet outlines the mission of the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program as well as the National AMBER Alert Network, the reach of AMBER Alert Training Programs, the Child Abduction Response Team (CART) Network and certification program, the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative, and the Southern Border Initiative. 4 pages.
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Child Protection FAQ and Guide for Tribal Communities
OJJDP-Sponsored, October 2017. This guide provides tribal communities with an understanding of expectations, steps for an initial response, and frequently asked questions for when a child goes missing. NCJ 251733. 3 pages.
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The First Three Hours
OJJDP-Sponsored, October 2017. This information sheet provides tribal communities tips on how to be prepared as a parent or guardian when a child goes missing. The first three hours are the most crucial window of time for an initial response as well as to gather available resources about a child. NCJ 251734. 2 pages.
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Additional Resources

AMBER Alert
Provides an overview of AMBER Alert efforts by OJP and includes strategies, publications, and training events.

CyberTipline
Receives reports from the public and electronic service providers regarding child sexual exploitation.

Is Your Child Missing?
Report information about a missing child to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's 24-hour hotline at 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678).

Safety Central App
NCMEC's app serves as a digital child ID kit that allows parents to save information about, fingerprints for, and photographs of their children.