Team Adam

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 cvip@ncmec.org.

Please do not report incidents of child sexual exploitation to cvip@ncmec.org. Visit www.cybertipline.com or call 1-800-843-5678 to make ALL reports regarding child sexual exploitation.


Child Abuse: Can Child Abuse Cause Someone To Become A Human Doing?

By Oliver JR Cooper

If someone was abused and/or neglected as a child, it can be hard for them to just be. No matter what part of the day it is or what day of the week it is, they can more or less always be on the go.

Simply doing nothing and relaxing can be something that rarely, if ever, takes place. In a way, it can be as if they need to move in order to stay alive as if they don't, something bad will happen to them.

Two Experiences

When one experiences life in this way, they can end up going down one of two different paths. But whichever path they go down, it is still going to be a challenge for them to sit still and to do nothing.

And although one can generally go down one path and stay on this path, they could also alternate between the two. Still, even if this does take place, movement is still going to be the norm.

The First

When it comes to the first path, one's primary goal in life could be to achieve things and to become successful. If they were to reflect on what success means to them, they could start to think of money, status, luxury holidays and expensive cars, for instance.

Their idea of success is then going to be an idea that a lot of people have; the type of success that is primarily based on material objects. This type of success can allow them to receive a fair amount of approval from their fellow human beings.

The Second

When it comes to the second, one’s primary goal in life could just be to move around and not to stay stuck in any one place. If they were to reflect on what life is all about them, what could come to mind is having many different experiences and being free.

There is naturally going to be a lot of people out there that have the same view of life as they do. The material objects that life provides might interest them but attaining these things won't be their primary concern.

A Bit of Both

On the other hand, if one has the tendency to alternate between the need to achieve things and to just do things, their need to be successful might not be very strong. There could be times when they focus on their goals and other times when they just need to be doing something.

Ultimately, it will be about them moving, and sitting still and just being is not going to allow them to fulfil this need. In all of these cases, one will be a human being in name only; they won't act like one.

Part of Life

So, when someone is unable to just be, they are not going to be aware of what is actually behind their need to always be on the go. Their conscious mind will come up with reasons as to why this is, but these reasons won't be the real reasons.

For them to become aware of what is driving their behavior, they would need to get in touch with what is taking place at a deeper level. This might not be easy though, especially if they have built up a number of defense’s over the years.

Protection

There can be what took place when they were younger and then there can be all of the defense’s that allow them to keep most of this pain at bay. These defenses can also keep most of the memories of the past at bay, too.

It might only take a few of these defenses to fall away for one to become aware of why they behave in the way that they do. This would enable them to understand why their adult life is the way that it is.

In The beginning

When they were a child, the abuse and/or neglect that they experienced would have caused them to develop a number of disempowering beliefs. As they were treated badly, they would have come to believe that there was something inherently wrong with them.

Along with this, they would have come to believe that it wasn't safe for them to be in their body and to exist. The effect that these two beliefs are having on their life will be clear to see.

Stuck On a Treadmill

One's inability to just be and to do nothing is then going to be due to the fact that if they were to do this, they will believe that they would be rejected and abandoned. Through seeing themselves as a flawed human being, they will constantly need to prove that they have value.

In addition to this, they will believe that something bad will happen to them if they do nothing and that they might even die. As a child they would have most likely spent a lot of time in the flight response and been hyper-vigilant and, now that they are an adult, it won't be much different.

Awareness

Living in this way is going to cause them to experience a lot of unnecessary stress and pressure. There could also come a point in time when they end up feeling burnt out and are forced to just be.

This doesn't have to happen, though, that's if one reaches out for the right support and gets the assistance that they need. The assistance of a therapist or a healer may be needed here.

Teacher, prolific writer, author, and consultant, Oliver JR Cooper, hails from England. His insightful commentary and analysis cover’s all aspects of human transformation, including love, partnership, self-love, and inner awareness. With over two thousand, three hundred in-depth articles highlighting human psychology and behavior, Oliver offers hope along with his sound advice.

To find out more go to - http://www.oliverjrcooper.co.uk/


Suzanne's Law

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.

Topics

  • 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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Thank you

Doreen Wade
Publisher and CEO



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CyberTipline

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 espteam@ncmec.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.