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Every child deservesa safe childhood.2009 Annual Report


At the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ® webelieve every child deserves a safe childhood.For 25 years we have been at the forefront of the fight to keep ourchildren safer from abduction and sexual exploitation.In all of our work we collaborate with law enforcement, legislators,corporations, and communities. We serve as the nationalclearinghouse – providing the resources, information, and focusneeded to help recover and protect children, bring perpetratorsto justice, and prevent these devastating crimes committedagainst children.


Table of ContentsLetter from our Chairman and ourPresident/Chief Executive Officer 022009 Highlights 05Protection from Sexual Exploitation 07Recovery of Missing Children 09Response to Urgent Situations 11Commitment to Law Enforcement 13Safety and Prevention 15Family and Community Services 172009 Boards 182009 Supporters 202009 Legal Support 25Financial Results 26Executive Officers and Locations 2801


Letter from our Chairman andour President/Chief Executive OfficerDear Friends,In 1980 police could enter information about stolencars, stolen guns, and even stolen horses into theFBI’s national crime computer – but not stolenchildren. That is no longer the case. More missingchildren come home safely today and more isbeing done today to protect children than anytimein the nation’s history.The National Center for Missing & ExploitedChildren (NCMEC) was born in a time of tragedy. In1979, six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from aNew York street corner on his way to school andwas never seen again. Twenty-nine children wereabducted and murdered in Atlanta. And in 1981six-year-old Adam Walsh was abducted from aFlorida shopping mall and found brutallymurdered. There were others.As a result of these tragedies and others, NCMECwas created in 1984 by the U.S. Congress tooperate a national missing children’s hotline andserve as the nation’s central clearinghouse forinformation on missing and exploited children.Every day in our work we confront devastatingcrimes committed against children. We see theanguish of families searching for their missingchildren. We face the shameful reality that 1 in 5girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimizedbefore adulthood. We see the faces and detailsbehind the statistics, and they are deeply disturbing.We see a world without child victims, and thisvision guides our efforts to help prevent thesedevastating crimes.When a child is missing, our dedicated staffmembers work shoulder-to-shoulder with lawenforcement at all levels. We provide immediate,coordinated action and a national clearinghouse toconnect each child’s case to the vast set ofresources that may assist in a recovery.When a child is sexually exploited, we provideinvestigative assistance to bring perpetrators to justiceand protect children from further victimization.Since NCMEC was created in 1984, we have led acoordinated, nationwide battle on behalf ofchildren. Through a true public-private partnership,we have assembled a broad team that shares thecommon commitment to help protect our nation’schildren from those who seek to harm them.On June 13, 2009 NCMEC observed its 25thanniversary and a quarter century of progress. Twentyfiveyears later NCMEC has become one of the mostrespected charities in America. It has grown tobecome the leading nonprofit organization working torecover missing children and protect children fromabduction and sexual exploitation.Today, NCMEC has 20 specific Congressionalmandates. The progress that we have made isremarkable:• We are the only charity in America with onlineaccess to the FBI’s NCIC databases, with FBIagents, U.S. Marshals and others assigned to ourheadquarters.• We have assisted law enforcement in therecovery of 137,459 children. Our recovery rateof 62% in 1962 has increased to 97% today.02


(left) John P. Kelly, Jr., Chairman of the Board,(right) Ernie Allen, President/Chief Executive Officer.• We operate the nation’s toll-free, 24-hournational missing children’s hotline which hashandled more than 2.4 million calls.• We operate the national missing children’sphoto distribution system which has helpedrecover thousands of missing children.• Our Team Adam, retired law-enforcementofficials and experts in missing child cases, aredispatched to help law enforcement with themost serious cases.• We serve as the central hub for the nationalAMBER Alert program.• Our forensic artists create age progressionphotos to recover long-term missing childrenand facial reconstructions from skeletal remainsor morgue photos to identify deceased children.• We never close a case. Our Cold Case Unitworks cases others have set aside. We haveresolved more than 388 long-term casesincluding one from 1947.• We head a coalition of 32 financial and Internetcompanies which has virtually eliminated the useof credit cards to purchase child pornography.• Our Sex Offender Tracking Unit works to findmore than 100,000 fugitive sex offenders and hasalready located 570.Today, law enforcement is better trained, betterprepared and responds more swiftly and effectivelythan ever before. There are better laws and bettertechnology to help protect children. Parents aremore alert and aware. Yet despite our progress, thevictimization of children continues. Each yearthousands of children still don’t make it home, andthousands of children continue to be victims ofchild sexual exploitation and abuse.We are proud of our many accomplishments in2009, which are highlighted throughout the pagesof this annual report. We are also proud of ourquarter century of progress, but a lot more needsto be done. We feel that every child deserves asafe childhood. Our children deserve no less.• We have trained more than 269,000 policeand prosecutors• We operate the CyberTipline, the nation’s 911for reporting suspected child sexual exploitationwhich has handled more than 771,000 reports.• Our Child Victim Identification Program analyzedmore than 10.5 million child pornographyimages in 2009 alone to identify the child victims.John P. Kelly, Jr.CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDErnest E. AllenPRESIDENT/CHIEFEXECUTIVE OFFICER03


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2009 HighlightsNew “PhotoDNA”Microsoft donated new technology to NCMEC toassist in finding and removing the worst knownimages of child sexual exploitation from the Internet.Each image has a unique digital fingerprint, or hashvalue. The new technology, called PhotoDNA,calculates the distinct characteristics of a digitalimage to match it to other copies of that sameimage. PhotoDNA adjusts and accommodates forsizing and varying compression and matches imageswith a likelihood of false positives of 1 in a billion.Aggressive Efforts to Combat DomesticChild Sexual TraffickingSince 2003 NCMEC has worked with the FBI andJustice Department in “Innocence Lost,” attackingchild prostitution and sexual trafficking. Theproblem grew as children were marketed on theInternet through online classified advertising sites.This year NCMEC implemented an aggressivecampaign against child sexual trafficking. Togetherwith 40 state Attorneys General, a landmarkagreement was reached with Craigslist, the largestonline advertising site, in which Craigslist agreedto screen all ads, report suspicious ads to NCMEC,cooperate with law-enforcement investigations,and crack down on the misuse of its site for thesexual trafficking of children.New National “Sexting” Policy“Sexting,” a new activity in which youth writesexually explicit messages, take sexually explicitphotos of themselves or their friends and transmitthose photos and/or messages to their peers hasbecome a major problem. A survey conducted forNCMEC found that 19% of teens had sent,received, or forwarded sexually suggestive nude ornearly nude photos through text messages or e-mail. NCMEC was one of the first organizations torecognize and address this phenomenon. NCMECissued a national policy urging discretion byprosecutors in deciding which youth to chargecriminally, providing guidance for prosecutors inweighing the severity of individual offenses, andurging broad public education as to theconsequences of sexting.New Effort to Target Fugitive Sex OffendersThe 2006 Adam Walsh Act designated the U.S.Marshals Service as the lead agency to track downand apprehend the more than 100,000 fugitive sexoffenders. NCMEC created a Sex OffenderTracking Team to work with the Marshals andsupport state and local law enforcement. Federallaw enforcement has long assigned agents andanalysts to work out of NCMEC. This year theMarshals asked NCMEC to assign analysts to workat the Marshals new Sex Offender Targeting Centerand provide analytic support.Unprecedented Support Requested fromProsecutors and Law EnforcementIn 2005 the Child Victim Identification Program(CVIP) reviewed 1,982,486 child pornography files(images and videos). This year that numberincreased to 10,539,208, a 432% increase over 2005and bringing total child pornography images andvideos reviewed by NCMEC since CVIP’s inceptionto 30,344,575. NCMEC also received 4,954requests for child identification assistance fromprosecutors and law enforcement across thenation, a 134.5% increase over 2005.Working to Ensure Adequate Sentences forChild Pornography OffendersIn recent years various groups have mounted acampaign to reduce the penalties imposed onchild pornography offenders. Alarmingly, a growingnumber of judges have either sentenced childpornography defendants to less than theminimums prescribed by sentencing guidelines ordisregarded the sentencing guidelines altogether,trivializing the crime committed. NCMEC is leadingthe effort to prevent the reduction of childpornography sentences.Two-thirds of the sex offenders in state prisonscommitted offenses against children. There are morethan 620,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S.today. At least 100,000 are noncompliant and missing.No one knows where they are.05


An estimated 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will besexually victimized before they reach age 18, 1 yet only1 in 3 will tell anyone. 2 One in 7 children who are regularInternet users receive sexual solicitations online, 1 in 3is exposed to unwanted sexual material, 3 and 1 in 25receives a request to meet someone in real life thatthey met online. 4Protection for ourMost Vulnerable06


Protection from Sexual ExploitationCyberTiplineThe CyberTipline is mandated by the U.S.Congress to be the 911 for the Internet and serveas the national reporting mechanism for incidentsof child sexual exploitation. Anyone can make areport online at www.cybertipline ® .com or bycalling 1.800.843.5678. The CyberTipline is staffed24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.The Exploited Children Division analyzes anddevelops the leads that are then referred to lawenforcement for investigation and prosecution.During 2009 the CyberTipline received its 771,000 threport of suspected child pornography and otherchild exploitation crimes. By far the largest numberof reports involve the category of possession,manufacture, and/or distribution of childpornography, which represents 87 percent of thetotal leads received. Reports to the CyberTiplinecome from the public and U.S.-based ElectronicService Providers (ESPs).Child Victim Identification Program ®In 2009 the analysts in the Child VictimIdentification Program analyzed more than 10million images and videos in an effort to assist inthe prosecution of child sexual exploitation casesand locate victims of child pornography. Theanalysts use sophisticated technology and tools todetermine the region where a child is located andthen work with law enforcement around the worldto find and rescue the child.Background Check UnitThe Background Check Unit helps child-servingnonprofit organizations assess the suitability ofpotential volunteers to work with children. Usingcriteria established in collaboration with Boys &Girls Clubs of America, the National MentoringPartnership, and the National Council of YouthSports, FBI records are searched. Since 2003 theBackground Check Unit has processed more than80,000 criminal-history background checks fornonprofit organizations. Of those, more than1,400 applicants did not meet the criteria to workwith children.Innocence Lost National InitiativeThe Innocence Lost National Initiative is a jointinitiative between NCMEC, the FBI, and the ChildExploitation and Obscenity Section of the U.S.Department of Justice that addresses the problemof child trafficking and prostitution in the U.S.Financial Coalition Against Child PornographyChild pornography on the Internet has become amultibillion dollar business. This coalition wasestablished to eradicate the profitability ofcommercial child pornography. It consists of 32leading financial and Internet companies, andrepresents nearly 90 percent of the U.S. paymentsindustry. The collaboration has greatly disruptedthe use of credit cards for purchasing online childpornography and is working to identify and attacknew methods of payment.Technology CoalitionThis partnership works with eight leading Internetservice providers. The coalition develops andimplements specialized technology solutions todisrupt the ability of predators to use the Internetto exploit children or traffic in child pornography.URL ProjectThis project was created in 2007 to fight onlinechild pornography. The URL Project is a voluntaryeffort between NCMEC and ESPs. Participantsdownload a list of active websites that have beenidentified by NCMEC as appearing to contain theworst of the worst sexually abusive images ofchildren. The ESPs sign a Memorandum ofUnderstanding and agree to block or remove thosewebsites from their servers.HASH Value ProjectEvery digital image has a digital fingerprint or“hash value” that is a unique identifier to thatimage. Created in 2007, this project enablesNCMEC to identify illegal child pornographyimages and creates a database of these hashvalues, which is then used by ESPs to removeimages from their servers.07


800,000 children are reported missing every year in theU.S. or 2,000 every day. An estimated 200,000 areabducted by family members; 58,000 by nonfamilymembers, the primary motive for which is sexual; 5 and115 represent the most serious cases in which the childis abducted by a stranger and killed, held for ransom,or taken with the intention to keep. 6Immediate,Coordinated Action08


Recovery of Missing ChildrenCall Center: 1.800.THE.LOST ® (1.800.843.5678)For more than 25 years, searching families haveturned to NCMEC to help in the recovery of theirchildren. Bringing children home safely is at theheart of our mission.The Call Center was created by the U.S. Congressin 1984 to serve as the nation’s national reportingsystem for missing children. Considered “the nervecenter” of NCMEC, the toll-free Call Centerreceives calls for service 24 hours a day, 7 days aweek, 365 days a year. The Call Center processesreports of missing children, reports of sightings ofa missing child, or requests for resources to assistin abduction or sexual exploitation cases and canhandle calls in more than 180 languages.The Call Center also handles requests forreunification assistance from families for theirchild’s return home. NCMEC works with privatecorporations to provide transportation to parentswho need support due to intense media attentionor financial difficulties.In 2009 NCMEC’s Call Center received more than90,000 calls – or 250 calls a day. Since its inceptionin 1984 the Call Center has responded to morethan 2.4 million calls.A special “Push to Call” feature was added during2007 which enables members of the public who arereporting a sighting of a missing child on thewebsite to speak directly with a Call CenterSpecialist. Anyone with a computer that has amicrophone and is speaker-enabled has the optionto use the Push to Talk feature after loggingonto the website www.missingkids.com.Case ManagementAn estimated 800,000 children are reportedmissing every year, or more than 2,000 per day. Thevast majority of these children are recoveredquickly. When NCMEC receives word of a missingchild through its Call Center, or from lawenforcementagencies, it serves as a centralizedclearinghouse for child abductions.NCMEC handles the most serious cases in which thechild is at greatest risk. When a child is reportedmissing to NCMEC, the child is categorized into oneof four types of cases: endangered runaway; familyabduction; lost, injured, or otherwise missing; andnonfamily abduction. In 2009 NCMEC handled12,649 “intaked” missing-children cases and helpedrecover 13,036 missing children. NCMEC’s recoveryrate increased from 62 percent in 1990 to 97.4percent in 2009.Photo and Poster DistributionThe distribution of photographs and posters is oneof the ways NCMEC draws public attention tomissing children. Posters are displayed onwww.missingkids.com and NCMEC works with itspartners in transmitting images and informationinstantly across the nation. Most notable is theextensive distribution achieved through theCorporate Photo Distribution Program.First launched in 1985, the Corporate PhotoDistribution Program involves companies andorganizations that distribute pictures of missingchildren to reach millions of people across thecountry. They do this through the use of a variety ofmethods, including postings on bulletin boards inlarge national and regional chain stores; imprints onnational, direct-mail advertising fliers; reprints innational and regional large-circulation magazines andnewsletters; and airings on network and syndicatedtelevision shows. All postings include NCMEC’s tollfree number, 1.800.THE.LOST (1.800.843.5678), andthe number for the investigating agency.International CasesRecognizing the unique issues surroundinginternational family abductions, the Missing ChildrenDivision provides support to parents, law enforcement,and attorneys involved in cases where a child has beentaken outside the U.S. This division provides technicalassistance regarding prevention and civil and criminallegal remedies for abduction and family reunification.09


The National Center for Missing & Exploited Childrenhas played a role in the recovery of more than 148,000children since the organization’s inception.Focus During Crisis10


Response to Urgent SituationsTeam AdamTeam Adam is a program of specially trained,retired, law-enforcement professionals who aresent to the site of the most serious childabductions. The program is named for AdamWalsh, the 6-year-old son of John and Revé Walsh,who was missing and found murdered in 1981.Team Adam includes 49 retired law-enforcementprofessionals experienced in missing- andabducted-children cases who serve as Consultantsto local law enforcement. The team deploys as arapid, on-site response and support system,providing investigative and technical assistance tolocal law-enforcement agencies. Team AdamConsultants also assist the victim’s family byobtaining appropriate family advocacy andpersonal assistance during the crisis. There is nocost to the law-enforcement agency or victim’sfamily for Team Adam assistance. Since its launch,Team Adam has deployed 408 times to 46 states.AMBER AlertThe AMBER (America’s Missing: BroadcastEmergency Response) Alert program was createdin 1996 and provides an early warning system tohelp find abducted children. Named in honor of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, kidnapped while ridingher bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and later foundmurdered, the AMBER Alert program is now inplace in all 50 states, the District of Columbia,Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.In 2007, the AMBER Alert Program was expandedin several major areas. Thirty-one wireless carriers,which serve more than 93 percent of all U.S.subscribers, began offering free Wireless AMBERAlerts to cell phone and other wireless consumers.The Transportation Security Administration beganproviding AMBER Alerts at airports across thecountry involving 43,000 Transportation SecurityOfficers (TSOs) nationwide in the effort to stopchild abduction, and the U.S. Customs and BorderProtection began providing AMBER Alerts at theborders. In addition, the leading social networkingand lifestyle portal, MySpace, began to distributeAMBER Alerts.National Emergency Child Locator CenterDue to the success in helping to recover 5,192children who were dislocated in the aftermath ofHurricanes Katrina and Rita, the U.S. Congressestablished NCMEC as the National EmergencyChild Locator Center to help reunify familiesdisplaced by any future major disaster. In 2008, thesystem was activated during Hurricanes Gustav andIke and during the California wildfire emergencies.Law enforcement utilizes the eyes and ears of thepublic to help quickly locate an abducted child bybroadcasting AMBER Alerts on radio andtelevision stations and highway signs. Used in onlythe most serious child-abduction cases, AMBERAlerts have helped rescue and reunite 500 childrenwith their families.Secondary AMBER Alerts may also be issued towireless devices and e-mail addresses. Usingglobal-positioning system technology, the AMBERAlert Highway Network redistributes AMBER Alertsdirectly to truck drivers in the area in which thechild abduction occurred.Time is critical in cases of missing children. In 76percent of child-abduction homicides, the murder ofthe child occurs within the first three hours. 711


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Commitment to Law EnforcementProject ALERTProject ALERT is America’s Law EnforcementRetiree Team. It is a nationwide program ofvolunteers made up of 161 retired local, state,and federal law-enforcement officers. Theseseasoned investigators provide specializedinvestigative skills; critical resources and additionalpersonnel to local law enforcement to help resolvelong-term, missing-child cases. They are availableto provide training on the aspects of complextypes of cases and as public speakers to makepresentations about child-safety issues andprevention strategies.Forensic Services UnitThe Forensic Services Unit provides support to lawenforcement on long-term, missing-children cases.This Unit provides three distinct and highlyspecialized areas of support.The Cold Case Unit investigates long-term,missing-children cases that others may have filedaway or forgotten. No unsolved missing-child caseis ever closed at NCMEC. Since 2001 the ColdCase Unit has helped resolve more than 388 longtermcases. The work of this Unit has alsocontributed in the convictions of six men who, inseparate cases, abducted and later killed children.Over 600 cold case investigations are currently inprogress.Unidentified Victims Unit handles DNAregistration for families and assists in using forensicresources to identify human remains.The Forensic Imaging Unit uses the latesttechnology to create age-progression photographsor facial and skull reconstructions from skeletalremains or morgue photos to identify children. ThisUnit also creates photos used in the distribution ofupdated photos and posters. In 2007, the ForensicImaging Unit added more than 3,000 facialadjustments to its database, greatly increasing lawenforcement’s ability to determine how a child mayappear today after years of being missing. In 2009there were 8 long-term, missing childrenidentified with this technology.Case Analysis DivisionNCMEC is the only charity in America grantedonline access to the FBI’s databases and that hasFBI Agents, U.S. Marshals, and others assigned towork out of its headquarters.NCMEC plays an important role in helping lawenforcement with on-going investigations.The Case Analysis Division assesses missingchildrenleads gathered from investigatingagencies or NCMEC’s Call Center(1.800.THE.LOST/1.800.843.5678). The CaseAnalysis Division provides direct analyticalassistance to law-enforcement working on active orlong-term, missing-child cases. Using NCMECdatabases, external sources, and geographicinformationdatabases, this Division tracks leads,identifies patterns among cases, and helpscoordinate investigations by linking cases together.LOCATERThe Lost Child Alert Technology Resource is aWeb-based, poster-creation program that provideslaw-enforcement agencies with the ability toquickly create and distribute their own posters forMissing Children, Missing Adults, AMBER Alerts,Wanted, Crime Alert, and others.Law enforcement also has access to LOCATERWebMail to enable agencies to communicatedirectly with all other LOCATER users nationwide.LOCATER is available to any law-enforcementagency free-of-charge.Law-Enforcement TrainingThe Jimmy Ryce Law Enforcement Training Centeris named in memory of Jimmy Ryce, a 9-year-oldFlorida boy who was abducted and murdered in1995. The training center was created to providelaw enforcement with the investigative skillsneeded to respond to missing and exploitedchildren cases. Training is also provided to hospitalstaff members about the prevention of infantabductions. To date more than 269,479 lawenforcement,criminal/juvenile-justice, andhealthcare professionals have participated intraining.13


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Safety and PreventionSafety PublicationsNCMEC is a leader in education and prevention.Through a vast array of proactive programs andpublications, NCMEC provides children and teens,teachers and childcare providers, parents, andothers with free information and advice about waysto be safer at home, on the Internet, and in thecommunity. From child-safety information todetailed information about how to investigate amissing- and exploited-child case, NCMEC offerspublications about various aspects of these seriousproblems. The complete list of availableinformation may be found at www.missingkids.com.Assistance in SpanishLanguage should not be a barrier to the safety ofchildren. It is important that Spanish-speakingparents know they can turn to NCMEC for help tobetter protect their children and provide assistanceif a child is missing or sexually exploited. A broadrange of child-protection resources, includingpublications, safety tips, and assistance providedthrough the telephone and Internet, are availablein Spanish. Publications and other resources areavailable in Spanish at www.missingkids.com or bycalling the toll-free 24-hour, Hotline at1.800.THE.LOST (1.800.843.5678) where Spanishspeakingoperators are always available to assist.Campaign Against Sexual ExploitationCreated to increase NCMEC’s visibility as aresource in child exploitation cases, CASEencourages local elected officials to take a moreactive role in the prevention of the sexualexploitation of minors. Local elected officials inBoston, Massachusetts; Fort Wayne, Indiana;Fulton County, Georgia; and Oakland County,Michigan, have implemented CASE in theircounties through the passage of resolutions andoutreach through the local media.NetSmartz ® WorkshopNetSmartz is a free, interactive, online educationalresource that was created by NCMEC inpartnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.It is a program that is widely used and enjoyed bychildren and teens, parents, educators, and lawenforcement. Using age-appropriate activities,NetSmartz provides children with the informationthey need to make smarter and safer onlinechoices. The animated spokesperson, Clicky, hasbeen enormously popular in teaching Internetsafety to young participants and receives hundredsof letters from children each year. NetSmartz hasbeen implemented into schools and schooldistricts in all 50 states and in all 4,300 Boys & GirlsClubs of America.Teaching children about safety works. Children escapeattempted abductions 83 percent of the time throughtheir own actions; 32 percent actively resisted byyelling, kicking, pulling away, running away, orattracting attention; and 51 percent recognizedsomething was not right and responded by walking orrunning away.15


Compassion & Hope16


Family and Community ServicesFamily AdvocacyNCMEC works proactively with families, lawenforcement, social-service agencies, and otherfamily-advocacy organizations to assist families incrisis. Staffed by master-level, trained, socialserviceprofessionals, the Family Advocacy Divisionprovides a support network for child victims andtheir families to provide reunification assistance,counseling, training, referrals, support, and crisisinterventionservices.The Family Advocacy Division also coordinates arecurring Runaway Relapse and Prevention groupin an effort to deter former teenage runaways fromrepeating the behavior.Reunification AssistanceNCMEC provides information regarding free orlow-cost domestic or international transportationservices for the benefit of families of recoveredchildren. The provision of these services iscoordinated through its valuable connections withfour private-sector partners. In 2009, 140transportation requests were placed for familiesneeding assistance with reunification domestically.Through another partnership with the U.S.Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime,international reunification travel assistance wasprovided in 30 instances in 2009.Team HOPETeam HOPE is Help Offering Parents Empowerment,which provides assistance to families with missingand exploited children by offering peer support,resources, and empowerment from trainedvolunteers. Part of the Family Advocacy Division,these volunteers are mothers, fathers, siblings,and extended family members who haveexperienced or are currently living with the pain of amissing child or a child that has been sexuallyabused. Each of these extraordinary volunteersdemonstrates the ability to turn their own personaltragedies into vital lifelines of support for otherfamilies. Since its creation over 11 years ago, TeamHOPE has trained more than 300 volunteers andreached out to help thousands of families.Community OutreachCommunity outreach remains a top priority forNCMEC, particularly to reach minority communities.For example a variety of programs and initiativesare conducted each year that target local andnational Hispanic organizations and media. TheExternal Affairs Department has establishedcollaborative relationships with local electedofficials, community leaders, school boards, andnational organizations throughout the U.S.National Missing Children’s DaySince 1983 the nation has observed May 25 th asNational Missing Children’s Day. It is theanniversary of the day in 1979 when 6-year-old EtanPatz disappeared from a New York street corner onhis way to school. His story captivated the nation.For three decades the search for Etan hascontinued, but Etan is still missing. The widespreadattention brought to his case and those of otherseventually led to a nationwide commitment to helplocate and recover missing children. NationalMissing Children’s Day honors this commitment byreminding parents and others to make child safetya priority.A new national public awareness campaign, “Take25”, was launched in 2007 as a part of NationalMissing Children’s Day. The campaign asks parentsto take 25 minutes to talk with their children aboutsafety, abduction and prevention. A new websitewas established for the campaign, www.Take25.orgin English and www.Toma25.org in Spanish. In 2009the campaign also included 1,335 events held in 475communities in the U.S. and Canada throughout themonth of May.We see a world where the abduction and sexualexploitation of children do not exist. Our childrendeserve no less.17


2009 BoardsWe thank our Board Members,Directors, and Advisors fortheir selfless dedication andcommitment on behalf of ournation’s children.BOARD OF DIRECTORSChairmanJohn P. Kelly, Jr.Inner City Business Products, LLCVice-ChairmanThe Honorable Arnold I. BurnsThe QuanStar Group, LLCVice-ChairmanBrian L. StaffordChairman-ElectRalph ParillaParilla & AssociatesTreasurerRichard FieldsCoastal Development, LLCSecretaryColleen NickThe Morgan Nick FoundationDiane AllbaughThe Allbaugh Company, LLCCordelia AndersonSensibilities, Inc.John W. Arnos, Sr.Canon U.S.A., Inc.Hank AsherTLO, LLCHubert BellU.S. Nuclear RegulatoryCommissionLouis BivonaTavern DirectDaniel Broughton, MDThe Mayo ClinicRobbie CallawayFirst PIC Inc.James A. CannavinoDirect Insite Corp.Chuck CanterburyFraternal Order of PoliceThe Honorable John F. ClarkU.S. Marshals ServiceNicholas CodispotiManus CooneyTongour Simpson Holsclaw andCooney, LLCSharon Cooper, MDDevelopmental and ForensicPediatrics, PAHoward A. DavidsonAmerican Bar AssociationCenter on Children and the LawThe Honorable DennisDeConciniJack DickmanNancy DubeInternational Centre for Missing& Exploited ChildrenMarcy M. FormanU.S. Immigration and CustomsEnforcementGilbert G. GallegosWilliam GilliganU.S. Postal Inspection ServiceVincent P. GiulianoValassis Direct Mail, Inc.The Honorable Floyd GriffinRobert Hannemann, MDPurdue UniversityKenneth HunterTLO, LLCGeorge KafkarkouCA TechnologiesKenneth KaiserFederal Bureau of InvestigationRichard R. KolodziejNatural Gas Vehicle CoalitionMartin LernerAmerican Student ListCompanyLarry Magid, PhDDouglas L. MatthewsKenneth MelsonBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,Firearms and ExplosivesHemanshu NigamNews CorporationBrig OwensBennett GroupLeonard Pfeiffer IVLeonard Pfeiffer & CompanyWinston Price, MDNational Medical Association18


John RyanAOL Inc.Susannah SchaeferCharles B. Wang FoundationKim SentovichWal-Mart Stores, Inc.Mark N. SirangeloSpaceDev, Inc.Mark J. SullivanU.S. Secret ServiceRevé WalshPatty WetterlingMinnesota Departmentof HealthEMERITUS DIRECTORSLucy BerlinerHarborview Center for SexualAssault & Traumatic StressMike ChristiansenMastriana & Christiansen, P.A.Harry F. CustisThe CIMA Companies, Inc.John GreeningThomas A. GruberAVEX Home Theater,IncorporatedStephen J. HallBest Security IndustriesJay C. HowellHowell & AssociatesThe Honorable Jim LightfootForensic Technology Inc.Linda LowranceLindsey PerryDennis J. PuleoMaxie PutnamLormax, LLCJames SchmidtPoli Mortgage GroupThe Honorable William G.SteinerHebrock Steiner McLaughlin, Inc.Nell W. StewartStewart’s Unlimited,IncorporatedOzell Sutton, PhDNATIONAL ADVISORYBOARDMaya Angelou, PhDMichele AnthonyRonald G. AssafHelen F. BoehmBoehm Porcelain StudioThe Honorable AlfonseD’AmatoPark Strategies LLCRoy DisneyWalt Disney ProductionsThe Honorable Lee FisherState of OhioThe Honorable Louis FreehFreeh Group InternationalThe Honorable StephenGoldsmithGeorge GraysonIstation.comJ. Paul GraysonAlibre Inc.Andy HeywardDIC Entertainment,IncorporatedThe Honorable Raymond KellyNew York City Police DepartmentEdward Lane, MDOrthopaedic SurgeonBill LeVineLeVine EnterprisesThe Honorable Bob MillerDutko WorldwideThe Honorable Mike MooreMoore Law Firm, LLCDaniel M. SnyderWashington RedskinsThe Honorable David WallaceJohn E. WalshCharles B. WangNew York Islanders HockeyClub, L.P.19


2009 SupportersWhile space requirements limit ouravailability to list each and everydonor, we appreciate thegenerous support of all individuals,companies, foundations, civicgroups, and others who provideNCMEC with the financial supportso critical to continuing our work.Individual & FamilyFoundation Donors$25,000+Hui Bainbridge FamilyEndowment FundPat & Jay Baker FoundationJames Cannavino*Fields Family Foundation*Ben KilgoreMary Legan Lattner RevocableTrustPolly Annenberg Levee CharitableTrustWanda PolisseniThe Estate of Jane VillonCharles B. Wang InternationalFoundation*Estate of Hildegard R. Weber$10,000-$24,999Hank Asher*K. Susan & Jon ConahanCornell/Weinstein FamilyFoundationJames CurveyThe DeAlessandro FoundationPatricia & the Honorable DennisDeConcini*Jeanine & David EklundThe Linus R. Gilbert FoundationLinda & Henry HallerLauretta & Marty Lerner*Bill & Bonny LeVine FoundationMarvin & Kay LichtmanFoundationMary & John LuceyAlice Kleberg Reynolds MeyerFoundationRoger NisleyBetsy & John RabunJohn ShotliffVirginia & Henry ThieleRevé & John Walsh*Karen & Domenick Yezzi$5,000-$9,999Freida & David ArledgeLinda & Paul BallingerTheresa & Manus Cooney*Curvey Family FoundationThe DeBartolo Family FoundationLeslie & Joseph Fogg IIIHonora & Madison GroseMr. & Mrs. George HambrechtCrystal & Jeremy HarmonLyn & Ken Hunter*Dandy & Bob KorzeniewskiLisa & Josh LannonTracy & Rick PapandreaT. Boone PickensCal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Inc.Joe Roth, Jr.Maryellen & John Ryan*Diane & Patrick SeversonMark Sirangelo*The Michael T. & Jane E. SmithFamily FoundationPete & Burson Snyder FoundationStark FamilyRobert TransonUberoi FoundationThe WFJ Charitable FoundationThe Wilson Family FoundationTiger Woods Foundation$1,000-$4,999D.I. AbramsLillian R. Adams TestamentaryCharitable Lead Annuity TrustM. Diane and Joe M. Allbaugh*Nicos AnastasopoulosChristina Anderson & ThomasHaleNicholas AnkudaviciusSheila & John Arnos*Curtis ArtisMichael AvellaScott BartonJanette & Reginald BashurSilverio BasileJon & Melissa Becker FoundationHubert Bell*Kenneth BieleMr. & Mrs. Robert BittmanHelen BoehmBarrett BostonKathleen & John BradySheila & Daniel Broughton*The Milton V. Brown FoundationKatie & Russell BuddEdyth Bush CharitableFoundationTravis CabralSue & Robbie Callaway*Frank CallocchiaMarti & Larry CarlinCharli & David CarterVera Cash Foundation, Inc.Joseph ChiusanoJoan ChristyHeather & Timothy CohanThe Manny & Ruthy CohenFoundation, Inc.Ann ColaruotoloLori ComegysPatricia & Richard CooperJames CoppolaDean CorsonesMr. & Mrs. John CostiganDennis CoughlinSusan CullerFrank DanielsMargaret & David DeVoeRosemary & Joe DiLeoMr. & Mrs. Carl DillMichelle & Michael DiNardoLucille DrackettMary & Robert DuelksEd EckRobert Edwards20


Rosemarie & Richard EdwardsBoomer Esiason FoundationWinifred & Theodore FadoolJoseph FarleyHeidi & Alan FarrugiaAndrew FerraroFino Family Foundation Inc.Johanna Erika FlemingPeg FlickThe Flori FoundationVeronica FrearMargaret & Gregg FriersonMarcia FriesL.L. GallopMr. & Mrs. Walter J. Gaylord, Jr.Nancy & Anatole GershmanGreg GiesekingKimberly & Garrett GoldsteinWilliam GraberJean & Joseph GrabiasMyra GrauerMatthew GrayPaul GreenbergNathalie & the Honorable FloydGriffin*Catherine & Theodore GronlundGruneich Family FoundationKathleen & John HaireDr. & Mrs. Robert Hannemann*William HarrellThomas HartJacquelyn & Albert Hawkins IIISteve HawkinsBetty & James HeatwoleTony HerediaAnthony IannielloJudy & Harry IsaacsThe Nathan P. Jacobs FoundationBarbara & John JayCliff JohnsonConstance JohnsonJulie & Scott JohnsonMarquelda & Edward JonesBarbara & Steven JonesElena & George Kafkarkou*Susan & George Kahle IIIAnthony KatsulosTemma & Alfred KingsleyVictoria & Peter KnightRichard KochMelanie KofflerRichard Kolodziej*Pepper LandsonPatricia LaraiaKaren LaScalaGwendolyn & Alan LeeCarol & John LombardoDallas LubyLinda & David LucasM&T Charitable FoundationCatherine & James MalvasoDonald MardakMars FoundationDouglas Matthews*Emil MeisnerThe Mele FoundationThomas MerrittChad M. Mollman FoundationCynthia MoralesNaida & Charles MorrisonJoan & Ernest MuirMarie & Robert MulcahySteven MulvihillThe Curtis & Edith MunsonFoundationAnn & William NewlinDarren NilsenSandra NorrisKendra OkolitaDaniel O'NeilJohn J. O’Neill Family FoundationFundPeter O'RourkeLinda & Samuel PalazzoleKaren & Mark PasseroGregory PeaseRebecca & Ronald PeregoSusan PetersonRichard PflegerJohn PlaschkeGus PlatasJohn and Bernice Pluta FamilyFoundationEvan PrattPamela PrideSteve PruchanskyDiane & Randy PulitoThomas QueriMeghan & Edward QuinnTammy RappDebra & Thomas ReavisAnita B. & Howard S. RichmondFoundation, Inc.Ann Marie & Irvin RichterThe Margery Roberts Foundation,Inc.Ruthie & Joe RobinsonJoe & Lindy Roth Foundation, Inc.Ronald RothschildDiana & Don SardilliLaurinda & James SatrybDonna ScaggsJoseph ScaliciBrandi SchindlerLisa & John SchmidlinRoxanne & Gilbert SchmidtkeMr. & Mrs. Elliot SegalAnnette & James SimpsonCarol & David SinclairAlex SmithCatherine & Mark SteegePatricia StrattonDavid SurprenantAndrea SuskaRichard TaavonCheryl TaylorShirl & Irwin TeichPatricia & Lewis TittertonS. Lloyd TulpLea VeintimillaRichard VeitzMichelle & David VeniskeyMary Jocelyn & TimothyWainwrightMichael WassermanPamela & Roy WeeklyWessel Family FoundationValerie & David WilcoxAdam WillaeysSarah Wolohan & AlexanderWatson21


Eva YoungJoyce & Robert ZaborowskiBrenda C. Zellner Foundation* Denotes member, NCMECBoard of DirectorsCorporate/Foundation Donors$100,000+American Express CompanyAOL Inc.BP America, Inc.CA TechnologiesCanon U.S.A., Inc.EMCOR Group, Inc.Google Inc.HoneywellLexisNexisLifetouch National SchoolStudiosMasterCard WorldwideMicrosoft CorporationMTV Networks/ViacomNews Corporation/MySpace,Inc.OnStar by GMOperation KidsQwestRed Robin International, Inc.SprintStudleyTargetTime Warner CableWal-Mart/Sam's ClubFoundationYahoo! Inc.$50,000-$99,999Capital One FoundationCheck 'n GoPfizer Inc.Valassis$25,000-$49,999Archbrook Laguna LLCBooz Allen HamiltonDiscover Financial ServicesFry's ElectronicsLimited Brands FoundationPivot Point International, Inc.Zurich U.S. Foundation$10,000-$24,999American Student List, LLCArnold & Porter, LLPBFS Retail & CommercialOperations, LLCComcast CorporationCTIA-The Wireless AssociationLockheed MartinMassMutual Financial GroupMead Johnson NutritionalsNational Research Center forCollege & UniversityAdmissionsNiSourceOld Glory Harley-DavidsonPlasmanet, Inc.QUALCOMM, Inc.VeriSign, Inc.The Warburg PincusFoundation$5,000-$9,999Acresso SoftwareAdvance Polybag Texas, Inc.American Bank of CommerceAnacapa Micro ProductsBank of AmericaBest Buy, Inc.Collins & DuPont Interiors, Inc.Democracy Data andCommunicationsDoral ArrowwoodEBS-RMSCO, Inc.ERPiEPlus Technology, Inc.FinneganFirst Data CorporationFirst Source Federal CreditUnionHolland & Knight, LLPIKON Office SolutionsLiliput FoundationLockton Companies, LLCMerrill LynchNational Security AssociatesWorldwideNeuStar, Inc.Old Town Operating Company,LLCPayment ProcessingConsultants, Inc.Pharmaceutical Research andManufacturers of AmericaRamsey Asset Management,LLCRechargeable Battery RecyclingCorporation (RBRC)Rome Savings BankSapientSheppard Mullin Richter &Hampton LLPTechnology ForumsTigerDirect, Inc.The TJX Foundation, Inc.T-Mobile USA, Inc.Townsend and Townsend andCrew LLPTransaction Network Services,Inc.TransCore, LPTruePosition, Inc.U.S. Internet Service ProviderAssociationUnited StationersVerizon22


Organizational andOther Donors$25,000+Southwest Florida CommunityFoundation$10,000-$24,999Collier County Sheriffs OfficePennsylvania Coalition AgainstRapeSeminole Tribe of Florida$5,000-$9,999The Greater KC Chapter ofASISRochester City School DistrictYoung Presidents' Organization$1,000-$4,999Cap Community Foundation,Inc.Cincinnati City School DistrictBoard of EducationDuplicate Bridge Group ofSouthwest FloridaFederal Criminal Investigators'AssociationFederal Probation & PretrialOfficers AssociationFLEOA Albany ChapterFraternal Order of EaglesLast Man Standing Club 2008National Hockey LeagueFoundationNYS Correctional Officers &Police BenevolentAssociationPalm Beach CountyState of New York Mid-StateCorrectional FacilityWestmoreland RoadElementary School PTAWorldleaders23


Workplace GivingIn 2009 NCMEC joined withmore than 100 other childfocusednonprofit organizationsas a member of IndependentCharities of America, throughwhich we participated in theCombined Federal Campaignand other workplace-givingprograms. We thank the manyindividuals who contributed tous through the 2009 campaign,United Way, or other workplaceprograms.Adobe Systems IncorporatedAetna Foundation, Inc.American Eagle OutfittersFoundationAmerican Express CompanyAmerica's CharitiesAmeriprise Financial EmployeeGiving ProgramAT&T United Way EmployeeGiving CampaignBristol-Myers Squibb CompanyCA, Inc.Canon U.S.A., Inc.Check 'n GoHewlett-Packard CompanyFoundationHoneywell HometownSolutionsIBM Employee ServicesIndependent Charities ofAmericaMcGraw-Hill CompaniesMicrosoft Giving CampaignMorgan StanleyNetwork for GoodSEFA for the Valley & GreaterUtica AreaSiemens Caring HandsFoundationTruistUnited Way of CentralMarylandUnited Way of New York CityUnited Way of SoutheasternPennsylvaniaUnited Way of the GreaterUtica AreaUnited Way of the NationalCapital AreaUnited Way of Tri-StateVeriSign, Inc.Wells Fargo CommunitySupport CampaignZurich American InsuranceCompanyIn-Kind SupportWe pay special tribute to ourin-kind supporters who provideproducts and services assistingin our efforts to locate andrecover missing children andfight the sexual exploitation ofchildren.American Bank of CommerceAmerican Student ListAOL Inc.ApprissCAESRIGoogleGraphic Solutions Group, Inc.Ingres CorporationIntradoLexisNexisLockheed MartinMicrosoftNetBrain Technologies, Inc.OnStarParabenQL2Salesforce.comSitecore, USA, Inc.SprintSyniverseTargus InformationTechSmithThomson ReutersUSA TodayVirtual VertexWestbound Publications24


2009 Legal SupportNCMEC is grateful to theselegal-service providers for theircommitment to the recoveryand protection of children.Their assistance providedmuch-needed support toNCMEC and to the families weserve.GENERAL COUNSELSidley Austin LLPINDIVIDUAL ATTORNEYSAmaka Ada Akudinobi, Esq.Michael C. Berry, Sr., Esq.Brion Blackwelder, Esq.Pamela M. Brown, Esq.Holly J. Caldwell, Esq.Stephen J. Cullen, Esq.David M. Davila, Esq.Marilyn Feuchs-Marker, Esq.Douglas N. Frenkel, Esq.Christopher G. Green, Esq.Benjamin S. Halasz, Esq.Gerald H. Kahn, Esq.Lawrence Katz, Esq.Melissa A. Kucinski, Esq.Jan McMillan, Esq.Cecilia Onunkwo, Esq.Kelly A. Powers, Esq.Neil J. Saltzman, Esq.Gwena Kay Tibbits, Esq.Kenneth Winsberg, Esq.Jennifer H. Zawid, Esq.LAW FIRMSBryan Cave, LLPHolland & Knight, LLPKilpatrick Stockton, LLPMiles & Stockbridge, PCMorgan, Lewis & BockiusNOVA Southeastern University,Children & Families ClinicOrrick, Herrington & SutcliffeRopes & Gray, LLPSullivan & Worcester, LLPTexas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc.Yetter, Warden & Coleman L.L.P.25


Financial ResultsNCMEC is proud of itscommitment to children.The National Center for Missing & Exploited Childrenmeets all standards of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.20%Exploited child casemanagement15%Publiceducation andawareness7%Communityoutreach9%Training25%Missingchild casemanagement24%Informationand caseanalysisDistribution of Program Expenses93% of revenue goes to support program services.26


Consolidated Statement ofActivities and Changes in Net AssetsYear Ended December 31, 2009Revenue and supportUnrestricted Temporarily Restricted TotalFederal funds $37,114,682 $– $37,114,682Contributions 6,907,718 1,676,321 8,584,039Special events, net of direct benefit costs of $1,254,726 1,306,212 – 1,360,212Interest and dividend income 258,578 – 258,578Realized and unrealized gains on investments, net 340,615 – 340,615Other income 506,394 – 506,394Change in value of unitrust agreement – 2,710 2,710Net assets released from restrictions:Satisfaction of program restrictions 572,057 (572,057) –Satisfaction of time restrictions 1,153,494 (1,153,494) –Total Revenue and Support 48,213,750 (46,520) 48,167,230ExpensesProgram services:Public education and awareness* 6,938,318 – 6,938,318Missing child case management** 11,085,313 – 11,085,313Information and case analysis 10,614,947 – 10,614,947Training 3,935,295 – 3,935,295Community outreach 3,359,651 – 3,359,651Exploited child case management*** 8,802,071 – 8,802,071Total program services 44,735,595 – 44,735,595Supporting services:Management and general 721,795 – 721,795Fundraising 2,609,232 – 2,609,232Total supporting services 3,331,027 – 3,331,027Total Expenses 48,066,622 – 48,066,622Change in Net Assets 147,128 (46,520) 100,608Net Assets, beginning of year 32,383,379 2,898,824 35,282,203Net Assets, end of year $32,530,507 $2,852,304 $35,382,811This financial information is excerpted from the unqualified audit opinion prepared by Raffa, P.C. Copies of the complete audit report are available upon request.* Public education and awareness includes NetSmartz.** Missing child case management includes hotline and photo distribution.*** Exploited child case management includes Cyber Safety.27


Executive OfficersErnest E. AllenPresident and Chief Executive OfficerJohn B. Rabun, Jr.Executive Vice President andChief Operating OfficerSusan A. CullerVice President, DevelopmentA. Jeanine HooverVice President, Human ResourcesHerbert C. JonesVice President, External AffairsMichael P. LynchVice President and Chief Financial OfficerOffice LocationsVirginia (Headquarters)Charles B. Wang International Children’s Building699 Prince StreetAlexandria, Virginia 22314-3175Telephone 703.224.2150Facsimile 703.224.2122California18111 Irvine BoulevardTustin, California 92780-3403Telephone 714.508.0150Facsimile 714.508.0154FloridaSuite 1009176 Alternate A1ALake Park, Florida 33403-1445Telephone 561.848.1900Facsimile 561.848.0308Florida/Collier CountySuite 29955 Tamiami Trail NorthNaples, Florida 34108-1914Telephone 239.566.5804Facsimile 239.566.5810Kansas CitySuite 1006400 West 110th StreetOverland Park, Kansas 66211-1585Telephone 913.469.5437Facsimile 913.469.5432New York/BuffaloSecond Floor610 Main StreetBuffalo, New York 14202-1900Telephone 716.842.6333Facsimile 716.842.6334New York/Rochester275 Lake AvenueRochester, New York 14608-1042Telephone 585.242.0900Facsimile 585.242.0717New York/Utica934 York StreetUtica, New York 13502-3930Telephone 315.732.7233Facsimile 315.624.7134South CarolinaSuite I2008 Marion StreetColumbia, South Carolina 29201-2151Telephone 803.254.2326Facsimile 803.254.4299TexasSuite 2008668 Spicewood Springs RoadAustin, Texas 78759-4392Telephone 512.465.2156Facsimile 512.428.6927Special thanks to Westbound Publications and Graphic Solutions Group, Inc. for their generosity in the design andproduction of this report.28


1 David Finkelhor. “Current Information on the Scope and Nature of Child Sexual Abuse.” The Future of Children: Sexual Abuse of Children, 1994, volume 4, page 37.2 K.J. Ruggiero and D.G. Kilpatrick, (unpublished data). Reporting rape to authorities: Findings from the National Women’s Study (Kilpatrick, et al. 1992) and NationalViolence Against Women’s Survey (Tjaden & Thoennes, 2000). Medical University of South Carolina, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. Ruggieroanalyzed archival data from the National Women’s Study and the National Violence Against Women’s Survey. Ruggiero’s data revealed that younger women (age


National Center for Missing & Exploited ChildrenCharles B. Wang International Children’s Building699 Prince StreetAlexandria, Virginia 22314-31751.800.THE.LOSTThe National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c)(3) ofthe Internal Revenue Code and has received a ruling that it is a publicly supported organization as describedin sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax deductible to theextent allowed by law.NCMEC is identified on the Combined Federal Campaign form as CFC #11822.Learn more at www.missingkids.com

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