Who Are We
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since it was established by Congress in 1984, the organization has operated the toll-free 24-hour national missing children’s hotline which has handled more than 2.5 million telephone calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 169,000 children. The organization’s CyberTipline has handled more than 1,226,000 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 56,320,000 child pornography images and videos. The organization also works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Our Role In Fighting Child Sexual Exploitation
In 1987 the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) launched the Child Pornography Tipline. In 1997 NCMEC opened the Exploited Children Division. In 1998 NCMEC created the CyberTipline,www.cybertipline.com, that handles leads regarding the possession, manufacture, and distribution of child pornography; online enticement of children for sexual acts; child victims of prostitution; sex tourism involving children; extrafamilial child sexual molestation; unsolicited obscene material sent to a child; misleading domain names; misleading words or digital images on the Internet, and the federally mandated reports of child pornography from Electronic Service Providers.
NCMEC has worked directly with federal, state, and local law enforcement, resulting in hundreds of arrests and prosecutions. In addition, NCMEC’s Family Advocacy Division works proactively with families, law-enforcement personnel, and family-advocacy agencies to provide technical assistance, referrals, and crisis-intervention services. NCMEC also offers its Team Adam consultants free-of-charge to law-enforcement agencies that are investigating cases of child sexual exploitation.
Why Are We Undertaking This Campaign?
For millions, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is only known for its work in finding missing children. For those who fear that their children might be the victims of sexual exploitation, they need to know that NCMEC is also a primary resource.
This campaign came about because of the victimization of one child. As the child’s parents sought help, they were referred to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) but didn’t call at first. When they did call, NCMEC got involved, and the perpetrator was convicted. The parents said, “We knew about NCMEC, but our child wasn’t missing so we didn’t realize you could help us.” The parents, being advertising and marketing professionals, created a series of posters for NCMEC so other families who may need similar help would know to call.
The goal of the campaign is to increase NCMEC’s visibility as a resource in child sexual exploitation cases. The central messages are (1) child sexual exploitation is a major problem; (2) if you suspect it, report it to law enforcement; and (3) then call NCMEC. NCMEC encourages the public to access prevention information and report these crimes against children through NCMEC’s Hotline at 1-800-843-5678 or online atwww.cybertipline.com.
How Can You Get More Information?
To learn how you can bring these resources to your community, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s External Affairs Department at 703-837-6434 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.