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Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Will Honor Law Enforcement, ICAC Task Force at Missing Children’s Day Ceremony in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, May 24 at 2 P.M.

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department will honor law enforcement officers and an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their efforts to find missing children and prevent child sexual exploitation during the 40th Annual National Missing Children’s Day commemoration at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, in Washington, D.C. In addition, the Department will recognize the winner of the National Missing Children’s Poster Contest, a fifth grader from Brooklyn, N.Y.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day in memory of Etan Patz, a six-year-old boy who disappeared from a New York City street corner on May 25, 1979. On this day each year, we honor his memory and the heroic and exemplary efforts of individuals, agencies, and organizations that protect children.

Who:         Merrick B. Garland, Attorney General
                  Vanita Gupta, Associate Attorney General
                  Amy L. Solomon, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs
                  Liz Ryan, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
                  Michelle DeLaune, President & CEO,
                  National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
                  Paul Jack Fronczak, Author and Advocate

What:       40th Annual National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony National Missing Children's Day | OJJDP to Commemorate National Missing Children's Day | Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (ojp.gov)

When:       Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 2 p.m. EDT

Where:       Great Hall, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest (between 9th and 10th Streets) Washington, D.C.

ENTRY DETAILS: All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) and valid media credentials. Media must RSVP to [email protected] no later than 5 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, May 23, 2023. Media must enter the Department at the visitor’s entrance on Constitution Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets. Media may begin arriving at 1 p.m. EDT. All cameras must be pre-set by 1:30 p.m. EDT. Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to Kara McCarthy at [email protected].

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Date Published: May 23, 2023