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 develops resources and tools on best practices for investigating crimes against children and serving families and victims of child abduction and exploitation. There are an array of publications, fact sheets, newsletters and reports which are available in Spanish as well as English. Click here to learn more.
MECP works in collaboration with the Federal Agency Task Force on Missing and Exploited Children, OJJDP TTA providers, national juvenile justice organizations, and experts in the field to increase knowledge about and provide comprehensive TTA 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.
MECP has available a broad network of national experts to provide TTA tailored to meet the specific needs of individual communities and jurisdictions. Additionally, MECP provides distance learning opportunities to educate and inform the field about national priorities, current resources, and available training opportunities through MECP and our partners. Click here to learn more about our different education opportunities.
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.
MECP’s newsletter highlights the latest in training and technical assistance, upcoming web events, recent publications and research, provides updates on upcoming National Missing Children’s Day activities including the poster contest, and more. »
Webinars are hosted the 3rd Wednesday of every quarter at 2:00pm EST and focus on a wide variety of missing and exploited children’s issues. All webinars are recorded for later viewing. Click to view previously recorded webinars. »
To assist policymakers and practitioners in implementing initiatives that strengthen the local juvenile justice system and its response to missing and exploited children’s issues, OJJDP has a network of providers delivering training and technical assistance services. »