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John F. Clark

John F. Clark is president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization at the forefront of child protection for more than 37 years.

Since 1984, NCMEC’s mission has been to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization. The organization has helped law enforcement recover more than 348,000 missing kids, distributed billions of missing posters, operated a 24/7 missing children hotline, offered comfort to countless families and trained and provided free resources to law enforcement and other professionals across the country.

Clark has served as NCMEC’s leader for five years. He has an extensive law-enforcement background, including 28 years with the United States Marshals Service. Before joining NCMEC, Clark was director of security at Lockheed Martin Corp., the nation’s largest defense contractor.

As CEO, Clark oversees a staff of more than 360 employees and offices in four states, including Virginia, New York, Florida and Texas. During the pandemic, Clark found innovative ways to ensure that travel and other COVID-19 restrictions did not impact NCMEC’s mission to help missing and sexually exploited children 24/7. He also stepped up prevention efforts at a time when schools were shuttered and children were spending significantly more time on the internet.

For 23 years, NCMEC has operated the CyberTipline, a centralized mechanism for reporting child sexual exploitation. During his tenure at NCMEC, Clark has seen an exponential rise in these reports, with more than 38 million reports made to the CyberTipline in the last two years alone.

Throughout his career, Clark has been a leading child advocate. During his tenure at USMS, Clark implemented and administered Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act, which directed USMS to locate and apprehend fugitive sex offenders. He also oversaw the implementation and operation of the National Sex Offender Targeting Center.

Clark was appointed director of the USMS in 2006 by then-President George W. Bush as its ninth director, a post he held for five years. Before joining the USMS, Clark worked for the U.S. Capitol Police and U.S. Border Patrol. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University. 

Michelle C. DeLaune

Michelle Collins DeLaune is the Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Since 1984, NCMEC has operated under U.S. Congressional authority to serve as the national resource center and clearinghouse on missing and exploited children. As COO of NCMEC, Ms. DeLaune oversees the center's federal grant awards, including the primary grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. These grants help fund the organization's most critical work: its mission of bringing missing children home, stopping child sexual exploitation and assisting law enforcement. In addition, she is responsible for operational matters pertaining to NCMEC services provided to families, child-serving professionals and law enforcement.

During her 21-year career at NCMEC, she was responsible for establishing NCMEC's extensive program of work and policies responding to the explosion of online child sexual exploitation. Under her leadership, the CyberTipline has received more than 50 million reports regarding the sexual exploitation of children and currently makes critical information available to more than 120 countries around the globe. Ms. DeLaune was instrumental in the development of multiple voluntary industry initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of online child sexual abuse material.

To help ensure a victim-centric approach to digital crimes, Ms. DeLaune created the first-ever Child Victim Identification Program to assist with the identification and rescue of child victims depicted in sexually abusive images and videos. As the globally regarded premier victim identification program, NCMEC has dramatically increased the number of identified children victims to more than 18,000 children.

On multiple occasions, Ms. DeLaune has testified before the U.S. Congress about matters pertaining to the sexual exploitation of children. She has written several articles regarding the importance of identifying child victims depicted in sexually abusive material. She received a B.A. with a major in psychology from George Mason University and an M.A. in Criminology from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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