The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), serves as a national resource center for information related to crimes against children. Congress directed the NCMEC to
|“||operate a child victim identification program in order to assist the efforts of law enforcement agencies in identifying victims of child pornography and other sexual crimes.||”|
Its mission is to assist in the location and recovery of missing children and to prevent the abduction, molestation, sexual exploitation, and victimization of children. It operates CyberTipline, which receives child pornography tips provided by the public, and CyberTipline II, which receives tips from Internet service providers.
The Exploited Child Unit investigates and processes tips to determine if the images in question constitute a violation of child pornography laws and provides investigative leads to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Customs Service, the Postal Inspection Service, and state and local law enforcement agencies.
- ↑ The Missing Children’s Assistance Act, as amended, directs OJJDP to make an annual grant to NCMEC to carry out various responsibilities related to missing and exploited children. Among these are coordinating public and private programs to locate missing children, providing technical assistance and training, and providing information and assistance services. 42 U.S.C. §5773(b)(1).
- ↑ Id. §5773.