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OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp addresses National Missing Children's Day ceremony attendees     

On May 23, 2018, the Department of Justice commemorated National Missing Children's Day with a ceremony in Washington, DC. "We are here to recognize law enforcement officers and citizens who, through their determination, quick thinking, and decisive action made the difference in the lives of children in peril," said Administrator Harp.

Learn more about this year's National Missing Children's Day ceremony and how OJJDP is helping to recover abducted and missing children and combat child sex trafficking and exploitation.

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The OJJDP-supported National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reports that there were 200 AMBER Alerts issued nationwide involving 263 children in 2017. For alerts issued during the 7-month period ending March 31, 2018, more than 97 percent of children were recovered within 72 hours.