National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Law and Legal Definition

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the nation’s resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited

children. It was established in 1984 by the U.S. Congress.

The NCMEC provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents, children including child victims as well as other professionals. It acts as an information clearinghouse for parents, children, law enforcement agencies, schools, and communities and helps in locating missing children. It also plays an important role in increasing public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, child sexual abuse and child pornography. The NCMEC is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In order to locate missing children, the NCMEC distributes photographs of missing children and accepts tips and information from the public. It also coordinates these activities with various state and federal law enforcement agencies. I

The NCMEC authorized the creation of a separate international organization, International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) in 1997 in order to protect children at the global level. The ICMEC provides support, training, and expertise to governments, law enforcement, policymakers, industry, civil society, and others all across the globe.