Working with other advocates, John and Revé Walsh co-founded the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 1984 after the abduction and murder of their son, Adam, in 1981. They realized there was no coordinated national response for missing or exploited child cases and that so many families were left to fend for themselves in the face of their greatest crisis.
During the last 36 years NCMEC has worked to protect children, even in the most recent challenges of the global pandemic that has had an impact on child safety. NCMEC has:
- Assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 320,000 missing children; nearly 300 of them in the last few months directly impacted by COVID-19.
- Received more than 65 million reports to our CyberTipline of suspected child sexual exploitation, including incidents of online enticement, child sex trafficking and child sexual abuse material. During one month of the pandemic, the CyberTipline saw a 318% increase in reports.