|National Center for Missing & Exploited Children|
Programs and Funding
Research and Evaluation
|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 4.6 million calls through September 2017. 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.
|National Center for Missing & Exploited Children|
Charles B. Wang International Children's Building
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3175
|2015 AMBER Alert Report: Analysis of AMBER Alert Cases in 2015
OJJDP-Sponsored, May 2016. This report from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children presents an update on AMBER Alert Cases in 2015. 42 pages. NCJ 250639.
2016 AMBER Alert Report: Analysis of AMBER Alert Cases in 2016
OJJDP-Sponsored. This report from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children presents an update on AMBER Alert Cases in 2016. April 2017. 43 pages. NCJ 250929
2017 AMBER Alert Report: Analysis of AMBER Alert Cases in 2017
OJJDP-Sponsored, May 2018. This report from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children presents an update on AMBER Alert Cases in 2017. NCJ 252164. 42 pages.
The AMBER Advocate, Fall 2017
OJJDP-Sponsored, November 2017. The AMBER Advocate Fall Edition 2017 describes how the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children partnered with the Navajo Nation to provide technology support, and additional training and technical assistance to support the full development of an AMBER Alert Plan for the Navajo Nation. With each issue, we talk with AMBER Alert Partners to learn more about the men and women who work tirelessly to administer and continuously strengthen the AMBER Alert programs in their states. 16 pages. NCJ 251447
The AMBER Advocate, Fall 2018
OJJDP-Sponsored, November 2018. This issue features the passage of the new Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, two more AMBER Alert partner features, and how a Colorado AMBER Alert brought a child home safely. NCJ 252305. 20 pages.
The AMBER Advocate, Issue IV 2018
OJJDP-Sponsored. The latest issue of The AMBER Advocate features the Telecommunications Best Practices for Missing and Abducted Children course and the importance of training Law Enforcement First Responders. Meet an AMBER Alert Partner from New Hampshire. Learn how an Ohio AMBER Alert brought a child home safely. January 2019. 16 pages. NCJ 252575
The AMBER Advocate, Summer 2018
OJJDP-Sponsored, September 2018. The Summer 2018 issue of The AMBER Advocate features coverage of the 2018 National AMBER Alert Symposium, the 2018 National Missing Children's Day ceremony, updates on AMBER Alert in Indian Country and more. NCJ 252163. 24 pages.
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.
AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program Fact Sheet
OJJDP-Sponsored. February 2017. 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. NCJ 250626.
Breaking the Ice: Creating a Dialogue With Youth
OJJDP-Sponsored, October 2017. This sheet provides tribal communities with ideas on how to educate youth about tough situations. 2 pages. NCJ 251735.
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. 3 pages. NCJ 251733.
Child Safety Is More Than a Slogan: Stranger Danger Warnings Not Effective at Keeping Kids Safer
OJJDP-Sponsored, 2011. This information sheet explains why the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) does not support the "stranger-danger" message. The majority of cases have shown most children are not taken by a stranger, but rather are abducted by someone they know. NCJ 252024. 2 pages.
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. 2 pages. NCJ 251734.
Knowing the Signs of Youth Sex Trafficking
OJJDP-Sponsored, October 2017. This fact sheet provides information on learning and identifying the signs of youth sex trafficking situations, how to help, and steps youth can take to prevent these crimes from occurring. NCJ 252023. 5 pages.
What Should You Do If You See a Child Who Appears To Be Lost?
OJJDP-Sponsored, 2011. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) offers information on steps you can take to provide assistance to a lost child. NCJ 252026. 1 page.
|Child Sex Trafficking Forensic Interview Training|
10/15/2019 - 10/17/2019
Venue not yet announced
|Conducting Child Abuse Investigations|
11/18/2019 - 11/22/2019
Venue to be announced
Provides an overview of AMBER Alert efforts by OJP and includes strategies, publications, and training events.
Receives reports from the public and electronic service providers regarding child sexual exploitation.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Hotline
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).