“We never forget a missing child, and recent recoveries of several long-term missing children tell us there is always reason to hope and work for a child’s safe return,” said Linda Krieg, acting CEO, NCMEC. “For more than a decade, CA Technologies has made our mission of child safety its own, and with its continued support, we will be able to do even more for long-term missing children and their families.”
In the past five years, NCMEC has seen 4,835 children recovered that were missing for more than six months. Of those children, 399 had been missing for more than five years and 69 had been missing for more than 20 years.
NCMEC’s efforts on behalf of long-term missing children include: forensic services and analytical and on-site support for law enforcement; production of age progressed images of children and the distribution of those images in missing child posters; and emotional and peer support for searching families.
“We are proud to partner with NCMEC to help keep children safe and reunite families,” said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “It is our hope, through CA’s sustained support, NCMEC will be able to bring more long-term missing children home, and provide educational tools to help prevent future crimes.”
CA’s funding will also support the growth and development of NCMEC’s prevention and education programs, including NetSmartz. Using cutting-edge technology, music, animation and innovative learning techniques, NetSmartz provides parents and educators with tools to help keep children safe online.
For more than a decade, CA Technologies has partnered with NCMEC to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization. In addition to monetary support, the company has contributed software solutions, services and training. CA software is the backbone for NCMEC’s NetSmartz411, an online resource for answering questions about Internet safety.
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and resource center providing services for law enforcement, families and the public to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization. Designated by Congress to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on these issues, NCMEC operates a hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), and has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 205,000 children. NCMEC also operates the CyberTipline®, a mechanism for reporting child pornography, child sex trafficking and other forms of child sexual exploitation. Since it was created in 1998, NCMEC has processed more than 3.6 million CyberTipline reports, and reviewed more than 135 million images of apparent child pornography. To learn more about NCMEC, visit www.missingkids.org. Follow NCMEC on Twitter and like NCMEC on Facebook.