Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘NCMEC’

What Parents Can Do to Keep Children Safe

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Every year in America an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, more than 2,000 children each day. Of that number, 200,000 are abducted by family members, and 58,000 are abducted by non-family members. The primary motive for non-family abductions is sexual. Each year 115 children are the victims of the most serious abductions, taken by non-family members and either murdered, held for ransom, or taken with the intent to keep.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) wants to remind the public that National Missing Children’s Day is May 25, which coincides with the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend this year. The organization wants parents to know there are things they can do to keep their children safe and it urges parents to take 25 minutes and review the attached safety tips which are a part of NCMEC’s Take 25 national child safety campaign.

“We know teaching children about safety works,” said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC. “It is important that parents take the time to talk to their children about safety.”

An analysis of attempted abduction cases by NCMEC found that in 88% of the cases, the child escaped would-be abductors through their own actions, by yelling, kicking, pulling away, running away or attracting attention.

May 25th is the anniversary of the day in 1979 when 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York street corner on his way to school and has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day since 1983 when it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan. Etan’s story captivated the nation. His photo, taken by his father, a professional photographer was circulated nationwide and appeared in media across the country and around the world. The powerful image of Etan has come to symbolize the anguish and trauma of thousands of searching families. The search for Etan continues. He is still missing.

This year the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children celebrates its 25th anniversary. It is the leading nonprofit organization dealing with the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. NCMEC has played a role in the recovery of more than 138,500 children. Today more children come home safely than ever before. In 2008, NCMEC helped recover more children than any other year in the organization’s 25-year history, raising the recovery rate from 62% in 1990 to 97% today. And more of those who prey upon children are being identified and prosecuted. Yet too many children are still missing and too many children are still the victims of sexual exploitation. There is much more that needs to be done.

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 2,377,000 calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 138,500 children. The organization’s CyberTipline has handled more than 690,700 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 22,983,300 child pornography images and videos. The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

To learn more about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its web site at http://www.missingkids.com.

Read Full Post »

Friday is Halloween.

Ten Things Parents Can Do to Make Halloween Safer

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Tells Parents How They Can Build Safety into Halloween this Year

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes the most hectic for parents. Nearly 94 percent of children between the ages of four and twelve participate in Halloween activities each year. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) reminds parents to take a moment to consider basic safety precautions that will make Halloween a safer night of fun.

Read the News Release

Read Full Post »

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. 

Read Full Post »

In an attempt to hamper the distribution of child porn, PC Magazine published this story.

Seventeen cable operators have joined Time Warner Cable in an agreement to block access to Web sites that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has identified as containing child pornography.

But why stop there?

The agreement does not require the companies to purge their servers of child porn newsgroups, but calls on them to “revise their policies” regarding other sources of child porn, which could include newsgroups

Read Full Post »

monkeysee

In this video series, Nancy McBride, the National Safety Director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children answers questions regarding personal child safety.

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today MonkeySee.com, the go-to destination site for how-to videos, announced that it has posted a series of videos featuring National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) National Safety Director Nancy A. McBride. The videos cover topics ranging from Internet and school safety, seasonal safety tips, child identification, and abduction prevention.

Read Full Post »

There is no indication that proceeds from movies or shows about missing children (fiction or non-fiction) benefit missing them. They can raise public awareness but it depends on how the issue is depicted. 

A Hollywood version of missing children

A Television version of missing children

Watch this promo for “Two and a half men” and judge for yourself as the subject of  missing children is somehow humorous.  (Note please allow a few minutes to load).

An Actual version of missing children

Real life videos of missing children  YouTube and Missing Children

Read Full Post »