In this press release, there was this information about the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 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 2.3 million calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 128,750 children.
They frequently cite 800,000 missing children are reported missing every year yet if they have handled 2.3 million calls, then on average isn’t that about 96,000 calls per year since 1984 or 12% of the reported missing children cases?
The NCMEC receives approximately $40 million per year from the USDOJ to support their National Mandate and Mission and many millions more from fund-raising efforts.
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.
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. Pursuant to its mission and its congressional mandates (see 42 U.S.C. §§ 5771 et seq), NCMEC
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
Last revised October 14, 2008
Their statistics indicate they have assisted law enforcement in 123,00 reported missing children cases which would be less than .006% of missing children cases since 1984. While the NCMEC may be achieving many aspects of it’s mandates and missions, how effective is it in the recovery of missing children or in assisting law enforcement in their efforts based on the statistics they provide?
It may be the difference between a phone call and an actual missing child case per their website:
Since its creation, NCMEC has received reports of 130,300 missing child cases and helped recover nearly 113,000 children. NCMEC’s recovery rate for missing children has grown from 62% in 1990 to more than 96% today.