www.missingkids.com, A Child Safety Resource for Millions of Families, Redesigned by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Thursday, 15 May 2003

International database of missing children receives over three million 'hits' daily.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) unveiled its redesigned website at www.missingkids.com. Visitors will be able to navigate through the new site to find the latest prevention education materials, information on NCMEC's recently launched campaign against child sexual exploitation, and up-to-date information on missing children cases from around the world.

Some of the updated features include an "Alert" section that highlights missing children photos, and a "Quick Search for Missing Children" feature that will allow visitors to lookup a missing child based on the most frequently used search options. The new site can now handle languages that use non-Latin alphabets, and features links to 12 international missing children websites including Mexico and Canada. For law enforcement professionals, the new site offers course descriptions and schedules of upcoming training classes being held at the Jimmy Ryce Law Enforcement Training Center (JRLETC) at NCMEC's headquarters.

"By redesigning NCMEC's website it will continue to be the world's primary missing-children search tool," Ernie Allen, president of NCMEC. "The new site enables us to target our prevention services and publications to a particular visitor since the information is grouped together by topics and audience."

Some of NCMEC's corporate partners provided technology for the improved website including long time supporter Computer Associates International, Inc and Sun Microsystems, Inc. For the multilingual database, Computer Associates donated their software, Ingres, along with support services for the program. Sun Microsystems' programmers designed the software, built the new website, and have also donated website maintenance services. Both companies have been key to NCMEC building and growing its web presence nationally and internationally.

NCMEC is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCMEC has access to both the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS). NCMEC operates the CyberTipline, an online mechanism to report child sexual exploitation, and has handled more than 120,000 reports leading to hundreds of arrests of child predators. NCMEC has aided law-enforcement officials in the search for more than 89,000 missing children. More than 73,000 children have been recovered as a result. For more information about NCMEC, call 1-800-THE-LOST

For more information, or to contact National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, see their website at: www.missingkids.org

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