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Law Enforcement Resources

Overview

NCMEC provides a range of no-cost resources and services to help bring home missing children and combat child sexual exploitation. From forensic imaging including age progressions and facial reconstructions by forensic artists, to on-site case consultations, NCMEC is here to help. Read on to learn about our wide range of case resources.

Analytical Resources

Dedicated Case Managers

Case managers serve as critical points of contact for all parties involved in a missing child incident. They can assist in streamlining communication as well as assisting in lead generation by reviewing prior case information, social media presences and activity, network analysis, etc.

In the event a child is involved in multiple missing incidents, that child's case is always reassigned to the same NCMEC case management team to ensure continuity and preserve historical knowledge about the child and their unique situation. 

 

Call 1-800-THE-LOST to report your missing or exploited child case to NCMEC and be put in touch with a case manager.

Sex Offender Tracking

The Sex Offender Tracking Team  provides technical assistance to help locate noncompliant sex offenders, including:

  • Conducting searches for noncompliant sex offenders through public record databases, online open-source sites, and other systems. 
  • Providing comprehensive analytical reports to help locate noncompliant sex offenders.
  • Producing timelines of offenders’ histories including places of residence, employment, and travel.
  • Examining data regarding attempted abductions, online child sexual exploitation, and child abductions for potential links with noncompliant sex offenders.

Email SOTT@ncmec.org for assistance regarding noncompliant sex offenders.

Attempted Abduction Tracking

NCMEC has been proactively tracking and collecting attempted abductions for over 10 years.  These incidents include attempted abductions, short-term abductions with or without a known sexual assault component, sexual assault without abduction, indecent exposures and suspicious incidents.  The Missing Child & Data Analytics Team utilizes this data to provide technical assistance and resources to law enforcement, identify possible trends and patterns to aid in prevention, and works to harness the information during missing child investigations to assist law enforcement.

To receive NCMEC's bi-weekly attempted abductions report, or for other inquires or assistance, email attempts@ncmec.org.

Child Sex Trafficking Resources

Child Sex Trafficking Analytical Team

The Child Sex Trafficking Team resources are available to law enforcement onlyFor assistance please reach out to 1-800-THE-LOST and ask to speak with a member of this team.

  • Reviews CyberTipline reports relating to child sex trafficking and makes them available to law enforcement for review and potential investigation;
  • Conducts link analysis to connect potential victims and/or offenders in multiple states or locations;
  • Provides specialized child sex trafficking analytical assistance to law enforcement to assist with the location and recovery of survivors;
  • Leverages open source data and specialized child sex trafficking technology tools to develop information and leads;
  • Analyzes phone numbers, names, email addresses, and/or publicly accessible online presence of possible traffickers to support law enforcement with the location and recovery of missing children exploited through child sex trafficking. 

Child Sex Trafficking Recovery Planning and Services

The Child Sex Trafficking Recovery Services Team (RST) provides specialized technical assistance and resources to child welfare workers, foster parents and law enforcement who are working with missing children who are also victims of child sex trafficking. RST Resource Specialists provide knowledge and guidance on promising practices in trauma-informed response by making connections to statewide and local specialized child sex trafficking resources. RST Resource Specialists are prepared to assist in the development of intentional, trauma-informed, and victim-centered plans which have been proven to build rapport, increase opportunities for youth engagement, and reduce trauma responses.

Forensic Resources

NCMEC offers forensic and biometric services to law enforcement, medical examiners, and coroners to find missing children, identify unknown deceased children, and develop leads on child abduction homicides. The Forensic Services Unit includes full-time forensic artists who can assist in facial reconstructions of skeletal remains as well as age-progressions of long-term missing children. NCMEC calls upon subject matter experts from a wide array of forensic disciplines to develop a comprehensive evidence strategy to ensure all possible forensic resources have been considered.

You can request and learn more about forensic and biometric resources here. 

Media Assistance

We work with traditional media outlets and social media platforms to target specific geographic areas to help raise public awareness and find missing children. We assist law enforcement and families with media strategies and highlight anniversaries of long-term missing children.

Download NCMEC's Guidelines for Utilizing the Media When Investigating a Missing Person.

Field Resources

Team Adam

Team Adam provides rapid, onsite assistance to law-enforcement agencies and families during critical cases involving missing children. Consultants are deployed to the scene and provide technical assistance and connect families and law enforcement to NCMEC’s vast network of resources. 

In addition, Team Adam Consultants assist law enforcement with long-term missing cases utilizing case reviews, landfill assessments, search and rescue, biometrics collection and the integration of all other available NCMEC resources. 

Team Adam partners with FEMA to provide child reunification services during federally declared disasters, providing assistance to families affected by such disasters nationwide. 

Download the Team Adam one pager for more information about Team Adam, or please contact RLeonard@ncmec.org.

If you are retired law enforcement and interested in becoming a member of Team Adam, download the application here.

Disaster Assistance

Since 2006, NCMEC has operated the National Emergency Child Locator Center (NECLC). NCMEC can activate this Call Center to assist in the location of children and the reunification of families resulting from disasters or subsequent evacuations.

In 2010, NCMEC launched the Unaccompanied Minors Registry to facilitate the reporting of children 18 and under found separated from their families during an emergency. This registry is open to emergency management agents, law enforcement, shelter staff, hospital employees, as well as the public. When a person makes a report to the Unaccompanied Minors Registry it goes directly to NCMEC’s Call Center. A case will be opened for the child and information will be passed on to field resources on the ground.

 

Email disasters@ncmec.org for more information.

Digital Resources

CyberTipline Reporting

NCMEC’s CyberTipline is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. The public and electronic service providers can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, child sexual molestation, child sexual abuse material, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet.

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. 

Child Victim Identification Program

The Child Victim Identification Program (CVIP) serves as the central clearinghouse for information related to previously identified child victims who appear in child sexual abuse images and videos. We also help to identify children in these images.

CVIP also analyzes statistical information concerning the dynamics of child sexual abuse material victimization and provides that research, analysis and data to key stakeholders, including Congress, courts, victims’ attorneys, prosecutors, and the internet industry.

 

To request NCMEC's assistance in identifying a child victim in child sexual abuse material, contact Email@Email.com.