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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Reach Out: The National Center of Missing and Exploited Children

Margo goes missing in Paper Towns, just like many kids do every year in the US and around the world.

The National Center for Missing Exploited Children's mission is, in their own words, "to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them."

The NCMEC, which has been operating since 1984, relies on volunteers. If you are interested in being a volunteer or an intern at one of their local branches or at their national headquarters in Virginia, please click here to learn more about such opportunities.

Their website and toll-free tipline 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have any information regarding a missing or exploited child, whether it is a recent and ongoing related investigation or a cold case, please contact the NCMEC. Your assistance could help save a life.

2 comments:

Little Willow said...

See something, say something.

This applies to bullying and violent acts as well as moments of, "Is that...?" or "Is that kid okay?" Listen to your gut, always - and, in this case, if you know something about someone that's gone missing, if you have a suspicion about anything pertaining to the person or the event, it's okay to call the NCMEC tipline. That is what it is there for, so call and do what you can to help.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

This is such a good compliment to PAPER TOWNS. Thanks for the pic, LW!