National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Overview
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Programs: AMBER Alert - Named for 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, this voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters,
wireless carriers and transportation agencies activates an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. Once a law-enforcement agency issues an alert, we forward the notification to secondary distributors in the applicable geographical region.
Case Analysis - A dedicated team of trained analysts utilize many data sources to examine leads and identify patterns between cases from across the country. We help assist cross-jurisdictional investigations by tying together clues and alerting law enforcement so children can be brought home and perpetrators are arrested. Our analysts also confirm and track incidents of attempted abductions, as well as, sexual assaults, indecent exposures, short-term
abductions and any other suspicious incidents involving children.
Code Adam - Utilizing Code Adam, our internationally recognized missing child safety program, retail stores, supermarkets, museums, amusement parks and other public establishments learn how to respond to a report of a missing child in a fast and uniform fashion.
Forensic Imaging Unit - Through the creation of state-of-the-art age progressions and facial reconstructions on juvenile remains, the FIU revives old cases, generates new leads for law enforcement, and provides hope or closure
for searching families.
Hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678) - We operate a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week hotline to record lead and sighting information from the public, help professionals and families searching for missing children and
assist in sexual exploitation cases.
International Family Abduction Services - Our International Division assists
families, law enforcement, attorneys and others in finding and recovering children who are the victims of international abduction.
LOCATER™ - Our Lost Child Alert Technology Resource enables law enforcement to rapidly create and disseminate posters of missing children locally, state- and/or nationwide. We facilitate national media exposure of missing children cases through partnerships with television networks, nationwide publications and corporate partners to display these posters.
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