Are there U.S. Congressional directives, for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that it “works” the most serious cases to the exclusion of others? That is suggested in this posted comment .
NCMEC references several statutes on their site under the mandates and missions section:
42 USC § 11606 which addresses international abductions
22 CFR § 94.6 which addresses Hague cases
42 USC §§ 5771 et seq ; are basically amendments to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, Title IV, Public Law 93-415 which is more commonly known as the Missing Children’s Assistance Act
TITLE II–AMENDMENTS TO MISSING CHILDREN’S ASSISTANCE ACT
SEC. 201. AMENDMENT TO FINDINGS.Section 402 of the Missing Children’s Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5771) is amended to read as follows:
SEC. 402. FINDINGS.The Congress finds that–
(1) each year thousands of children are abducted or removed from the control of a parent having legal custody without such parent’s consent, under circumstances which immediately place the child in grave danger;
(2) many missing children are at great risk of both physical harm and sexual exploitation;
(3) in many cases, parents and local law enforcement officials have neither the resources nor the expertise to mount expanded search efforts;
(4) abducted children are frequently moved from one locality to another, requiring the cooperation and coordination of local, State, and Federal law enforcement efforts;
(5) the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children–
(A) serves as the national resource center and clearinghouse;
(B) works in partnership with the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State, and many other agencies in the effort to find missing children and prevent child victimization; and
(C) operates a national and increasingly worldwide network, linking the Center online with each of the missing children clearinghouses operated by the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, as well as with Scotland Yard in the United Kingdom, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France, and others, which enable the Center to transmit images and information regarding missing children to law enforcement across the United States and around the world instantly.’.
Who or what determines which cases are “worked”? It doesn’t appear there are Congressional directives to exclude runaways, thrownaways, family abductions. What determines if a picture is posted or a poster is displayed?