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February 2012: A Look at MECP

Reporting Child Sexual Abuse Webinar

Have recent headlines about child sexual abuse created more questions than answers for you? Join the Missing and Exploited Children’s Program (MECP) for our upcoming webinar on reporting child sexual abuse.

When: February 23, 2012, 2:00-3:00pm EST

For more information and registration details, please click here.


Poster Contest Report: We need your help!

Every year, the Department of Justice aims to have all 50 states and territories participate in the contest. It is our hope that at least one child in every state has the opportunity to learn about missing children’s issues and participate in this important initiative. We need your help in ensuring that we are able to meet this goal.

The following states are currently unrepresented in this year’s contest:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Utah

Fifth-grade students may submit a poster based on the theme, “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” The contest raises awareness of national efforts to bring missing children home safely while also highlighting the importance of proactive education programs.

The winner will travel to Washington, DC to receive an award and participate in the Missing Children’s Day Ceremony on May 23, 2012.

The national poster contest concludes on March 21, 2012. There’s still time to get your state and 5th grade class involved!

For more information about the contest and how you may become involved, please visit the poster contest resource page or contact MECP at 1-888-347-5610 or [email protected]


Request Training and Technical Assistance Today!

MECP provides training and technical assistance to local, state and tribal law enforcement, nonprofit organizations and other juvenile justice practitioners to support and enhance their efforts to protect children. We have already supported your colleagues in the following ways:

  • MECP provided consultants to conduct a training program on interviewing child victims of abuse and exploitation.  This training program was intended to provide participants with the knowledge of research/evidence based strategies for gathering information from children.
  • MECP provided telephone consultation to a New Mexico agency seeking support in defining and identifying contemporary training topics for their 2011 child exploitation conference.
  • MECP aided two communities in addressing some of their operational needs by facilitating a strategic planning session on joining child protection programs.
  • MECP provided support to juvenile justice practitioners for conferences on missing and exploited children’s issues.
  • MECP provided several national conferences with instructors and trainers for missing and exploited children-related workshops and training events.

Are your communities faced with challenges similar to the ones featured here? Are you interested in identifying creative and effective approaches for responding to your community’s child protection issues?

Contact MECP for more information at (1) 888-347-5610 or [email protected] To submit a request for training or technical assistance, please complete a training and technical assistance form.


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