MECP is a Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) program of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). MECP supports state and local law enforcement officers, child protection personnel, prosecutors, medical providers, child advocacy center professionals, and other criminal justice practitioners in developing and strengthening their responses to child victimization..
A major component of MECP’s work is to increase knowledge and use of comprehensive, evidence-based practices in the field in order to prevent and respond to child abduction and exploitation. MECP strives to ensure that all communities have the resources, tools, and support necessary to protect children.
The mission of MECP is to increase awareness and support for national efforts to prevent child abduction and exploitation through the provision of training and technical assistance.
MECP works in collaboration with the Federal Agency Task Force on Missing and Exploited Children, State Missing Children’s Clearinghouses, non-profits, and schools to coordinate the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest and associated activities. This collaboration aims to increase knowledge about and provide comprehensive services that address practitioner needs and support State and local efforts to build capacity and expand the use of evidence-based practices to prevent and respond to child abduction and exploitation. Click here to learn more.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day. Each year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) commemorates Missing Children’s Day with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children. Click here to learn more about Missing Children’s Day
The annual poster contest creates an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other child advocates to discuss the issue of missing and/or exploited children with children, parents, and guardians and to promote child safety.