Team Adam, a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, provides rapid, on-site assistance to law enforcement agencies and families in serious cases of missing children. Team Adam consultants are retired law enforcement professionals with years of investigative experience at the federal, state and local levels.
Consultants from Team Adam rapidly deploy to sites where these cases are unfolding. They provide on-the-ground technical assistance and connect local law enforcement to a national network of resources.
The program's unique access to NCMEC's resources, coupled with years of law enforcement experience, often provides departments with the added tools needed to better address complex, media intensive cases.
How does Team Adam help?
Team Adam helps law enforcement with:
- Search and rescue.
- Technical support.
- Investigative recommendations and analysis.
- Equipment and resources.
Team Adam helps families by providing:
- Family advocacy services.
- Personal assistance.
- Child safety education.
- Stress management.
If you are a member of law enforcement and need Team Adam's help, call 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678).
Child Victim Identification Program
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, through the Child Victim Identification Program®, serves as the central repository in the U.S. for information relating to child victims depicted in sexually exploitive images and videos.
Purpose and function
CVIP was launched in 2002 after NCMEC analysts repeatedly saw images of the same child victims in their reviews and began tracking which victims had been previously identified by law enforcement. Until these children are identified and located they may continue to be sexually exploited.
Today CVIP operates with a dual mission. The program helps to:
- provide information concerning previously identified child victims;
- locate unidentified child victims featured in sexually abusive images so that they may be identified and rescued.
CVIP also hosts a victim identification lab in which law enforcement, prosecutors, and social service workers can access redacted and sanitized child sexual abuse images in an effort to help identify and rescue unknown child victims.
CVIP serves a clearinghouse role by analyzing statistical information concerning the dynamics of child pornography victimization and provide that research, analysis and data to key stakeholders, including Congress, courts, victims attorneys, prosecutors, and the internet industry.
NCMEC knows that child sexual exploitation is a global problem. Collaboration is critical in successfully locating child victims and reducing child sexual exploitation material on the Internet. NCMEC has cultivated relationships with industry leaders, law enforcement agencies and nongovernmental organizations worldwide.
NCMEC exchanges information and sound practices with international partners to help achieve the mutual goal of reducing child sexual victimization in all countries.
For information about other services, how to submit images for review, how to submit new case information or how to request assistance, law enforcement agencies and civil attornies can contact CVIP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not report incidents of child sexual exploitation to email@example.com. Visit www.cybertipline.com or call 1-800-843-5678 to make ALL reports regarding child sexual exploitation.
The PROTECT Act of 2003 contains a provision recognizing the U.S. Congress' concern for the safety of missing young adults ages 18, 19 and 20 especially those missing in a circumstance outside their normal pattern of behavior.
The provision, known as Suzanne's Law, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 5779(a), extends the same reporting and investigative procedures already provided to children younger than 18 to individuals under the age of 21. Law enforcement is required to enter the report of missing young adults covered by Suzanne's Law into the FBI's National Crime Information Center database without delay and subsequently conduct an investigation.
Additionally this law lets NCMEC open cases regarding missing young adults at the request of law enforcement.
For more information about Suzanne's Law contact NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678).
AMBER Alert Program
The AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.
AMBER Alerts are broadcast through radio, television, road signs and all available technology referred to as the AMBER Alert Secondary Distribution Program. These broadcasts let law enforcement use the eyes and ears of the public to help quickly locate an abducted child. The U.S. Department of Justice coordinates the AMBER Alert program on a national basis.
The AMBER Alert Program was named in honor of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman who was abducted while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and was later found murdered. The program is used in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Child Sex Trafficking: Awareness & Response (CSTAR)
This three and a half day training, hosted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, focuses on the multitude of issues regarding child sex trafficking cases and the unique dynamics associated with this population. Participants are expected to attend all training segments and complete an evaluation form.
- Scope of problem.
- State and Federal legal issues.
- Coordinating case services.
- Interviewing child sex trafficking victims.
- Investigating online adverstisements.
- Role of technology in child sex trafficking cases.
- Identifying gang controlled victims.
- Presenting evidence during an interview.
- Interdiction model.
- Survivor's perspective.
- Adolescent development & victim vulnerabilities.
- Federal resources assistance.
- Local services provider functions.
New England Informer created a “Missing Person’s” section to increase public awareness of missing people (children and adults). We were not sure how we would handle this section; we just knew it was something we had to do, especially when looking into the faces of those who are momentarily lost.
We forged an unbreakable collaboration, with an extraordinary woman, Kelly Jolkowski, president and founder of Project Jason, Adopt a Missing Person Program. She also is the mother of a missing son, Jason Jolkowski.
Missing children and adults after a while seem forgotten while thousands are often overlooked or not even publicized. Even thought, New England Informer was not allowed to collaborate with large missing persons organizations because we are independent and not within the system, we worked within our community to find resources to make this page happen.
We will continue to develop networks and resources to make sure our community does not allow these and so many other children and adults to become lost in the system and forgotten or overlooked.
I call on everyone to use New England Informer as a resource to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. We cannot bring these children and adults back but we can become a means to help those who are working to do that type of work.
As long as there is New England Informer, we will feature Missing Children and Adults while serving as a link or resource. So keep coming back and keep checking. Don’t let them be forgotten. Send us your adult and child.
As for the families of these missing loved ones who may never meet anyone at New England Informer, we want you to understand, there are people out here who have hope they will be found and return home soon.
We are the hand of hope, if only through disseminating an image throughout our readership
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In March 1998, using hardware, software, and programming assistance donated by Sun MicroSystems, NCMEC launched the CyberTipline® to further NCMEC’s mission of helping to prevent and diminish the sexual exploitation of children. The CyberTipline provides the public and electronic service providers (ESPs) with the ability to report online (and via toll-free telephone) instances of online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, 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 continuously reviews CyberTipline reports to ensure that reports of children who may be in imminent danger get first priority. After NCMEC’s review is completed, all information in a CyberTipline report is made available to law enforcement.
In furtherance of NCMEC’s mission, the CyberTipline allows NCMEC to engage with the Internet industry on voluntary initiatives to help reduce the proliferation of child sexual abuse images online. NCMEC uses the information submitted to the CyberTipline to create and tailor NCMEC’s safety and prevention publications that are provided to educators, parents and the public to help to prevent future victimization.
More than 12.7 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been made to the CyberTipline between 1998 and June 2016.
Members of the public are encouraged to report information regarding possible child sexual exploitation to the CyberTipline.
Registering with the CyberTipline
Any U.S.-based company providing an electronic communication service or a remote computing service to the public through a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce may register with the CyberTipline.
You may register with the CyberTipline by providing your name, your company’s name, your telephone phone number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an ESP, please click here if you wish to register with the CyberTipline. A representative from NCMEC will contact you to complete the registration process.