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Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Edward O'Callaghan addresses attendees.     

The Department of Justice commemorated National Missing Children’s Day with a ceremony on May 22, 2019. The event recognized the extraordinary efforts made by law enforcement personnel and citizens to rescue missing children and protect children from harm.

"This Administration has given its unqualified support to those who protect our children and our communities, because we understand what’s at stake," said Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Edward O’Callaghan. "These brave men and women are our first line of defense against violent criminals, and they are often our last hope when children go missing and are put in harm’s way."

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In 2015, law enforcement agencies in the United States made an estimated 921,600 arrests of persons younger than age 18. Girls accounted for 269,900 of those arrests, or less than one-third; however, their involvement varied by offense. Females accounted for a relatively large share of youth arrests involving larceny-theft (40 percent), liquor law violations (40 percent), simple assault (37 percent), and disorderly conduct (35 percent). In comparison, females accounted for a small share of murder (6 percent) and robbery (11 percent) youth arrests. For more information on the nature of girls’ offending and how the juvenile justice system handles cases involving girls, read OJJDP’s recently released National Report Series bulletin, Girls in the Juvenile Justice System.