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 2021 Heroes’ Awards

Brought to you in part by our Hero partner Facebook.


Every year, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) honors people who go above and beyond to help protect our nation’s most valuable resource - our children.

May 25th is Missing Children’s Day, during the month of May NCMEC will recognize men and women that displayed acts of heroism in helping find missing children, stopping child sexual exploitation and helping prevent crimes against children from happening. And one very brave child!

During our month-long campaign, NCMEC will host a weekly Hero Award video tribute to honor these amazing individuals. Tune in every Tuesday in May by visiting our Facebook page.


NCMEC is excited to celebrate our heroes all month long! Check back every week for a new video highlighting one of our Heroes' Award honorees who we believe has made a significant contribution to child safety. It's also our honor to shine a spotlight on our heroes in the survivor, law enforcement and industry communities. Please read their inspiring stories and help us celebrate the people who go above and beyond for children.


Tune in every Tuesday in May for a new Heroes' Awards video tribute.

Two sanitation workers spotted a car based on an AMBER Alert, and helped to make sure the abducted child was recovered safely.

They will forever be remembered as heroes. Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were shot at a Florida apartment complex last February as they were serving a warrant in a violent crimes against children investigation. Four other agents were wounded, and the gunman was later found dead after barricading himself inside the apartment. The incident was one of the deadliest in the FBI's history.

The U.S. Marshals service now has authority to help locate missing kids because of a 2015 law called, “The justice for victims of trafficking act.” the law was created to increase services for survivors of human trafficking. The marshals new push began last August in Georgia. The U.S. Marshals operations focus specifically on vulnerable children … kids in danger.

Our Courage Award winner escaped an abduction just two weeks after a NCMEC segment on TV prompted a family conversation about safety.

For nearly 10 years, Craig Badura has educated students using NetSmartz resources to teach digital citizenship and digital leadership.

Advocate Spotlight

Click on each hero's picture to learn more.

Wade Arvizu

Erik Gray

Keisha Head

Robert Lung

Audrey Morrissey

T Ortiz

Dr. Alexandra "Sandi" Pierce

Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman

Kate Price

Christine Stark

Mark (Marq) Taylor

Law Enforcement Spotlight

Click on each hero's picture to learn more.

FBI, San Jose PD and Seattle PD

Trisha Cannon

Michael Godfrey

Steven Hanson

Carrie Landau

Justin Rotili and
Jason Guyton (Not pictured)

Industry Spotlight

Click the hero's picture to learn more.

Ben Butler

Beth Bernardo


All donations over $50 will receive a small thank you gift from NCMEC

Thank you mention in NCMEC’s monthly newsletter with your gift of $500 or more

Thank you mention at the end of the Heroes’ Award videos with your gift of $1,000 or more







For more information please contact: 

Corporate Sponsorship: Marita Rodriguez - mrodriguez@ncmec.org

Individual Donations: Yolanda Menz - ymenz@ncmec.org

Join us every Tuesday during the month of May