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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is an U.S. agency with the aim of helping missing and exploited children. Optimally, they help prevent abductions and sexual exploitation of children through awareness activities and outreach. Additionally, the NCMEC aid in the search for missing children through sighting reports, a 24-hr hotline and other activities; they also assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation as well as their family members and professionals serving them.

The NCMEC website also provides resources for parents and guardians, law enforcement, and childcare providers; as well as links to global networks.

Additional Information (excerpted from website)

NCMEC was established in 1984 as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to provide services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered, and sexually exploited children. Pursuant to its mission and its congressional mandates (see 42 U.S.C. §§ 5771 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. § 11606; 22 C.F.R. § 94.6), NCMEC:

  • Serves as a clearinghouse of information about missing and exploited children
  • Operates a CyberTipline that the public may use to report Internet-related child sexual exploitation
  • Provides technical assistance to individuals and law-enforcement agencies in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of cases involving missing and exploited children
  • Assists the U.S. Department of State in certain cases of international child abduction in accordance with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
  • Offers training programs to law-enforcement and social-service professionals
  • Distributes photographs and descriptions of missing children worldwide
  • Coordinates child-protection efforts with the private sector
  • Networks with nonprofit service providers and state clearinghouses about missing-persons cases
  • Provides information about effective state legislation to help ensure the protection of children


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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Charles B. Wang International Children's Building
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3175
Phone: 703-274-3900
Fax: 703-274-2200
24-hour Hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

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