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TUT's Adventurers Club
December 2009's 'Gifts From The Universe' Project:
National Center For Missing & Exploited Children
Preventing child abduction and sexual exploitation…One dollar at a time!
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (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. NCMEC has assisted law enforcement personnel with 157,432 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of 142,175 children.
NCMEC is actively involved in the following services aimed at protecting children and raising awareness around the world:
- Serves as the national resource center and information clearinghouse for missing and exploited children.
- Operates a national 24-hour toll-free hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), to intake reports of missing children and receive leads about ongoing cases.
- Operates the CyberTipline, the “9-1-1 for the Internet,” that the public and electronic service providers may use to report Internet-related child sexual exploitation.
- Provides information about services and Federal programs for missing and exploited children and their families.
- Coordinates public and private programs that locate, recover, or reunite missing children with their families.
- Provides technical assistance and training to individuals and law-enforcement agencies in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of cases involving missing and exploited children.
- Provides assistance to families and law enforcement agencies in locating and recovering missing and exploited children, both nationally and internationally.
- Uses public records databases to provide analytical support and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in locating and recovering missing and exploited children and abductors.
- Tracks the incidence of attempted child abductions.
- Provides technical assistance and training to law enforcement in identifying and locating non-compliant sex offenders.
- Provides forensic technical assistance to law enforcement.
- Works with law enforcement and the private sector to reduce the distribution of child pornography over the Internet.
- Operates a child victim identification program to assist law enforcement in identifying victims of child pornography.
- Develops and disseminates programs and information about Internet safety and the prevention of child abduction and sexual exploitation.
- Facilitates the deployment of the National Emergency Child Locator Center during periods of national disasters.
- Disseminates information about innovative and model programs, services, and legislation that benefit missing and exploited children.
- Provides an annual report on the number of missing children reported to NCMEC to the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
- Provides guidance to state and local governments and nonprofit agencies on how to use school records and birth certificates to locate missing children.
- Deploys Team Adam, a rapid response and support system comprised of retired law enforcement officers, to provide on-site technical assistance to local law enforcement agencies investigating cases of child abduction and sexual exploitation.
To learn more about NCMEC please visit their website: http://www.missingkids.com
As part of our TUT's Adventurers Club mission, we have chosen The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children as our adoptive organization for the month. To reach our collaborative goal of support for them, please donate a dollar or more now at the link below.