American Security Today is pleased to announce the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline, has been nominated in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization.
NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with preventing child abductions, recovering missing children, and providing services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation.
(Over 20 years in operation, NCMEC’s CyberTipline has received more than 45.2 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation – more than half of those in just the last two years. Recognizing this explosive growth, Congress unanimously passed, and the president signed, a new law to streamline the CyberTipline process and tackle new trends they’re seeing in child sexual exploitation. Courtesy of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and YouTube. Posted on Jan 23, 2019.)
In 2018 NCMEC assisted law enforcement and families with more than 25,000 cases of missing children, which was made up of:
- 92 percent endangered runaways.
- 4 percent family abductions.
- 3 percent critically missing young adults, ages 18 to 20.
- Less than 1 percent non-family abductions.
- 1 percent lost, injured or otherwise missing children.
Of the more than 23,500 runaways reported to NCMEC in 2018, one in seven were likely victims of child sex trafficking.
(Learn how NCMEC is responding to the ever-changing threats to children online. Courtesy of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and YouTube.)
NCMEC also participates in the AMBER Alert Program, a voluntary partnership between broadcasters, transportation agencies, law enforcement agencies, and the wireless industry to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abduction cases.
NCMEC serves as the secondary distributor of these alerts and, to date, 957 children have been successfully recovered as a result of the AMBER Alert program, including 56 recoveries credited to the wireless emergency alert program.
NCMEC’s forensic artists have age-progressed more than 6,800 images of long-term missing children and created more than 540 facial reconstructions for unidentified deceased children.
NCMEC is currently assisting with more than 702 cases of unidentified children’s remains, and so far has assisted in 143 identifications.
(Learn More about NCMEC’s Child Victim Identification Program (CVIP)’s work to help Madisonville Jane Doe case. Courtesy of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and YouTube. Posted on Sep 17, 2019.)
Team Adam, which provides rapid, on-site assistance in cases of critically missing children, has deployed more than 1,100 times.
The program was named after Adam Walsh, the abducted and murdered son of NCMEC co-founders John and Revé Walsh.
Team Adam also provides technical assistance and outreach regarding long-term missing child cases and has assisted families, communities, criminal justice, and forensic professionals more than 10,700 times.
NCMEC has analyzed more than 16,200 attempted child abductions to identify trends and help develop safety tips for families.
NCMEC’s CyberTipline is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children.
(Goes behind the scenes of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and meet some of the people who do their incredible work! Courtesy of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and YouTube.)
What Happens to Information in a CyberTip?
NCMEC staff review each tip and work to find a potential location for the incident reported so that it may be made available to the appropriate law-enforcement agency for possible investigation.
They also use the information from their CyberTipline reports to help shape our prevention and safety messages.
(A young boy 4-8 years old was found deceased near a church’s cemetery on February 26, 1999 in DeKalb County, Georgia. Twenty years later, his name and how he ended up there is still unknown. Courtesy of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and YouTube. Posted on Fed 26, 2019.)
Also nominated in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program is Mr. John F. Clark.
Mr. Clark serves as president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization on the forefront of child protection for more than 35 years.
Clark’s extensive law-enforcement background, including 28 years with the United States Marshals Service (USMS), has uniquely prepared him to lead the Alexandria-based organization, whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization.
As CEO, Clark oversees a staff of more 340 employees and offices in five states, including Virginia, New York, Florida, California and Texas.
Before joining NCMEC, Clark was director of security at Lockheed Martin Corp., the nation’s largest defense contractor.
For 21 years, NCMEC has operated the CyberTipline, a centralized mechanism for reporting child sexual exploitation.
During his three-year tenure at NCMEC, Clark has seen an exponential rise in these reports, with more than 18.4 million reports made to the CyberTipline in 2018 alone.
What makes NCMEC truly unique is its 30,000-foot view of the evolving threats to our nation’s children. Clark is passionate about sharing this knowledge with families and communities to better protect children.
Throughout his career, Clark has been a leading child advocate.
During his tenure at USMS, Clark implemented and administered Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act, which directed USMS to locate and apprehend fugitive sex offenders.
He also oversaw the implementation and operation of the National Sex Offender Targeting Center.
(Hear directly from Mr. Clark, NCMEC’s President and CEO, on Backpage’s decision to remove escort ads from its website in the U.S. Backpage was a controversial classified advertising website, accused of facilitating sex trafficking and prostitution. Courtesy of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and YouTube. Posted on Jan 11, 2017.)
Clark was appointed director of the USMS in 2006 by then-President George W. Bush as its ninth director, a post he held for five years. Before joining the USMS, Clark worked for the U.S. Capitol Police and U.S. Border Patrol.
He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Syracuse University.
Please explore NCMEC to learn more, as October is National Cyber Awareness Month and NCMEC is critical to federal, state and local law enforcement, with Mr. Clark being an incredibly impactful leader. http://www.missingkids.org/home
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