National Center For Missing And Exploited Children

Rating: 1.8 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Crime & Law

Location: 699 Prince St Charles B. Wang International Children's Building Alexandria VA 22314 USA

Mission: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s® (NCMEC) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

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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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a disgrace. It clearly is no longer the organization that John Walsh once envisioned. My daughter was abducted by her mother in November 2008. I gave only 1-star because my original case worker was a rockstar and true advocate for missing children and their left behind parents. She is no longer with NCMEC and is working within another division of the State Department. I was very lucky to find someone at Team HOPE who has had a successful recovery and has been an absolute God send to my daughters case. If it were not for these 2 people, I would have left zero stars. Other than that it's been all down hill with the NCMEC. When I needed an advocate and voice for my daughter, the NCMEC refused. When I was told the NCMEC would help look into things for my daughter's case, they never got back to me. Recently, my daughter's file was seceretly closed without consulting with me at all. I found this out third hand and raised holy hell when I did find out. My 2nd case manager lied through his teeth on several occasions regarding my daughter's file. Mind you my daughter is still not with's going on 2-years now. As I continued this fight for my daughter's honor, we made many ally's at the State Department. Through though those allies, we found out that the NCMEC has been telling the State Department mistruths about my daughter's case. Yes they do talk. When I approached the NCMEC about the discrepencies, do you think they had any interest in fixing what ailes the file? NO! In fact all I have been getting is the typical song and dance I have been getting for over a year now. When my daughter's file was seceretly closed they had the NCMEC "yes man" assigned to corral me and keep the damage to a minimum. He told me that he could actually read the 2-year history of the case back to me...BUT would not make actual copies so I can see the discrepancies for myself. Let me get this case manager is a proven liar and the NCMEC is not sharing good information with the State Department and I am supposed to trust the "yes man" that he would actually read 'everything' in my daughter's file? No thanks. I took my chances with the Freedom of Information Act. Based on a letter sent to me dated October 19, 2010, the NCMEC is clearly trying to hide something. They declined to give me copies of my daughter's file; hiding behind their "private, non-profit" status and is "not subject to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act". There is more but I think you get the point. So, 90% of the NCMEC's funding comes from the Department of Justice. That explains the Congressional Mandates that the NCMEC is held to...but rarely follows. We will see where this goes. If someone were to tell me 2-years ago that I would have an easier time winning the battles in Mexico (where my daughter currently is) than I would in my own country, I would have told you that you were crazy...BUT that is exactly what is happening here; in large part because the NCMEC's lack of desire or accountability. I recently spent a week in Mexican prison for something I did not do; not directly because of the actions of the NCMEC (or should I say 'inaction') - BECAUSE it was their inaction that PREVENTED US FROM BRINGING MY DAUGHTER HOME A YEAR AGO and indirectly causing my incarceration in Mexico! My advice to you if you are a left behind parent, email me directly and I will help you through the pros and cons of the NCMEC. DO NOT GET INVOLVED WITH THIS ORGANIZATION! They are more interested in retaining their generous taxpayer funding year after year than they are doing the right thing for children. John Walsh would be disgraced by today's NCMEC.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have spend a week in a Mexican prison because of what the NCMEC would NOT do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Blow it up and start over. Find out what made John Walsh leave and fix it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Great organization. They are the only group in the nation educting kids and parents on the dangers of the internet and child sexual abuse and the only group helping to identify the victims of child pornography nationwide. My experience with them was wonderful. They provide resources beyond what any police department could ever do on their own. Thank you NCMEC

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education, information and individuals and communities served.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire more help.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the care and concern shown by staff

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

educators and computer experts.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

identify and stop 100 million traders of child pornography.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing they did a great job.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping up with the predators online.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I would donate any time!!

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