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 Missing and Exploited Children's Program


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The Missing and Exploited Children’s Program (MECP) is a U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grant-funded  training and technical assistance program.

MECP supports states, tribal communities, local governments, and both public and private organizations in their efforts to protect children and improve the system’s response to missing and exploited children’s issues through the provision of training and technical assistance and other resources.


 Contact MECP

401 9th Street NW, Ste 630
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 1 (888) 347-5610

 What's New with MECP

Recovery and Reunification Following Abduction Newsletter
WEBINAR: Abduction and Recovery Through the Eyes of the Child
Child Abduction: The Road to Recovery from the Parent's Perspective Newsletter
A Look at the AMBER Alert Program Newsletter
WEBINAR: Upcoming Series Preview: A Focus on Victims and Their Families
Awareness for Missing Children's Issues Newsletter
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 Training and Technical Assistance

MECP offers training and technical assistance tailored to meet the specific needs of individual communities and jurisdictions. Assistance can take many forms including:
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  • Strategic Planning
  • Curriculum Development
  • Training
  • Distance Learning
  • Office-based Technical Assistance
  • Peer-to-Peer Visits
  • Mentoring
  • Focus and Advisory Group Meetings
  • Information Dissemination
  • Conference Support
To submit a request for training and technical assistance, please complete a training and technical assistance form.

 MECP's 3rd Wednesday at 2 pm Webinar Series

Join the Missing and Exploited Children's Program (MECP) for our 3rd Wednesdays @ 2pm Webinar Series. This monthly series features information for juvenile justice practitioners on current research, resources, and promising practices to increase their knowledge and capacity to respond to missing and exploited children’s issues. To view upcoming and past webinars, please visit

 MECP Newsletters

The MECP newsletter highlights what’s new in training and technical assistance, features upcoming web events, discusses recent publications and research, describes upcoming National Missing Children’s Day activities including poster contest updates, and more. To view current and past MECP newsletters, please visit here.

 National Missing Children's Day


Missing Children's Day PosterEvery year, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) commemorates National Missing Children’s Day with a ceremony in Washington, D.C. This ceremony recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individuals, organizations, and agencies that have made a significant contribution to protecting children.  Awards are given to law enforcement, private citizens, and organizations are awarded for their courageous and valiant efforts to recover abducted children and protect children from exploitation. MECP coordinates this event and its associated programs to bring to bring greater awareness to the issue of missing children.

For more information on the National Missing Children’s Day Awards and Poster Contest, please visit,




MECP aims to fill vital gaps in literature on missing and exploited children sector through the development and dissemination of a wide variety of resources for children who have been abducted, their families, and the professionals who help them. For more information on MECP publications, please visit the MECP resources page.

For information on the Missing and Exploited Children’s Program, please contact MECP at 1-888-347-5610 or

This program is supported through Grant # 2010-MC-CX-K058 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components, operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorses, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided). Points of view or opinions in content on this website are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S .Department of Justice.