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Missing Children

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Publications and Multimedia

Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons: Legal, Prosecution, Advocacy, & Healthcare
Department of Justice, March 2021

Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons: Law Enforcement & Prevention
Department of Justice, January 2021

AMBER Alert in Indian County Investigative Checklists
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, February 2020

AMBER Alert Field Guide for Law Enforcement Officers
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, May 2019

AMBER Alert Best Practices, Second Edition
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, April 2019

A Law Enforcement Guide on International Parental Kidnapping
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, July 2018

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit
Office for Victims of Crime, April 2017

Long-Term Missing Child Guide for Law Enforcement: Strategies for Finding Long-Term Missing Children
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, March 2016

Missing Children, State Care, and Child Sex Trafficking: Engaging the Judiciary in Building a Collaborative Response
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, June 2015

Related Resources

AMBER Alert
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.

AMBER Alert in Indian Country
The AMBER Alert in Indian Country website provides integrated, 'one-stop' access to training, technical assistance and child protection resources for tribal law enforcement, public safety professionals and others in the community working with issues surrounding endangered, missing and abducted children.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Kidnappings & Missing Persons
The Kidnapping and Missing Persons Investigations section of the FBI website provides a listing ongoing missing persons cases.

FBI: Crimes Against Children/Online Predators
The FBI works to provide a rapid, proactive, and comprehensive capacity to counter threats of child abuse and exploitation when those crimes fall under FBI jurisdiction and authority; to identify and rescue child victims; to reduce the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation and abuse; to reduce the negative impact of domestic and international parental rights disputes; and to strengthen the capabilities of the FBI and federal, state, local, tribal, and international partners through training, intelligence sharing, technical support, and investigative assistance.

General Services Administration (GSA) Missing Child Notice Program
The GSA Missing Child Notice Program website is a clearinghouse for information and guidance to federal agencies on how to post missing child notices within federal buildings.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
NCMEC works to locate and recover missing children and raises public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation.

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Administered by the National Institute of Justice, NamUs is the first national online repository for missing records and unidentified decedent cases.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP supports states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. Access the Missing and Exploited Children and National Missing Children's Day sections of the OJJDP website for program information and links to publications and resources.

Operation Lady Justice: The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives
Among other activities, the Task Force has been empowered to develop model protocols to apply to new and unsolved cases of missing or murdered persons in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, including best practices for law enforcement response, data sharing, and better use of databases. The Operation Lady Justice website includes information on recently and long-term missing AI/AN children, as well as educational resources.

Project Lifesaver
Sponsored in part by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Project Lifesaver provides police, fire/rescue and other first responders with a comprehensive program including equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue “at risk” individuals with cognitive disorders including those with Autism, Down syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Date Modified: May 06, 2021
Date Created: August 18, 2020