NCMEC can provide direct analytical support for missing and unidentified deceased child cases including:
•Conducting open source queries to help develop additional publicly-available information.
•Searching databases of attempted abductions and convicted sex offenders within the region of critical missing child cases.
•Assisting in long-term case reviews, possibly by locating family members for DNA submission.
•Providing large-scale aerial and topographic maps for grid searching in critical missing child cases.
•Reviewing leads that arrive through NCMEC's call center to provide additional value and associate unrelated leads to a NCMEC case.
Biometrics & Forensic Imaging
NCMEC offers forensic services to help law enforcement and families find long term-missing children; provide resources to assist with child abduction homicides; and help identify unknown deceased children. The Forensic Services Unit calls upon subject matter experts from a wide array of disciplines to help develop comprehensive investigative strategies, including the latest technologies, to ensure that all possible avenues have been considered. Forensic services NCMEC can offer include:
•Biometrics: NCMEC can facilitate the collection of biometric data (DNA, dentals, fingerprints) on missing and unidentified children.
•Advanced Forensics: NCMEC can facilitate advanced forensic testing on cases of missing and unidentified children through our partnered forensic labs that specialize in DNA case work, pollen analysis, chemical isotope analysis and fingerprint testing.
•Forensic Imaging: NCMEC’s Forensic Artists can provide age progressions on missing child cases and facial reconstructions on unidentified deceased children in hopes someone will recognize them.
Team Adam provides rapid, onsite assistance to law-enforcement agencies and families in critically missing children cases. Team Adam consultants are deployed to the scene and provide technical assistance and help connect families and law enforcement to NCMEC’s vast network of resources. Read more.
Project ALERT (America’s Law Enforcement Retiree Team) works closely with the Forensic Services Unit to provide on-site support to law enforcement agencies with long-term missing child cases. They assist with case reviews, comprehensive analysis, search and rescue, biometrics collection and integration of all other available NCMEC resources to help find the missing child.
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.
Child Victim Identification
The Child Victim Identification Program 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. We review hundreds of millions of images, looking for clues that might help determine, literally, where in the world is this child victim? CVIP analyzes statistical information concerning the dynamics of child pornography victimization and provides that research, analysis and data to key stakeholders, including Congress, courts, victims’ attorneys, prosecutors, and the internet industry.
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.
In 2005 the southeastern United States experienced unprecedented natural disasters. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita battered the Gulf Coast and affected millions of people. Homes and businesses were destroyed. Residents were evacuated to shelters in surrounding states. Children went missing.
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Read the full 2015 Disaster Report here.
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.