National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Resources for Tribal Law Enforcement and Native Communities

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Resources for Tribal Law Enforcement and Native Communities
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2024-02-27
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Resources for Tribal Law Enforcement and Native Communities
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Unit 4 Recording: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Resources for Tribal Law Enforcement and Native Communities

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) provides a comprehensive suite of services and resources aimed at preventing child victimization. Tribal communities and law enforcement within these jurisdictions, however, are not always aware of how they can leverage NCMEC’s services and partners to address the disproportionate segment of missing children from native communities.

Here to discuss information on NCMEC programs, resources, and services to serve tribal jurisdictions is David Chiwiwie. David is a registered tribal member of the Isleta Pueblo tribe of Tiwa Indians and a Team Adam Consultant with NCMEC. He has a prolific law enforcement career working missing persons cases.

Specifics provided in this session include:

  • David’s transition from Marine Corps to law enforcement in Orange County which led to a specialized focus on missing persons cases and working with NCMEC specifically on native outreach.
  • An overview of NCMEC’s inception, work, milestones, and mission.
  • NCMEC’s Tribal Fellowship Program which aims to bridge NCMEC’s resources with native communities, acknowledging the unique challenges and needs within these populations.
  • NCMEC data that highlights the disproportionate impact of missing cases on native communities.
  • How tribal sovereignty is preventing accurate reporting of missing children from native communities.
  • Data on child sex trafficking, endangered runaways, top endangerments, and ASD that intersect with missing children cases that NCMEC works on.
  • What can be reported to NCMEC, its reporting mechanisms, and comprehensive approach to case management and resolution, leveraging technology and community engagement to target specific regions maximizing reach and efficacy.
  • A rundown of the NCMEC services available for tribal communities.
    • Team Adam that provides rapid response and comprehensive on-site and investigative support for missing child cases.
    • NCMEC’s analytical support utilizing all available technology to disseminate information and generate leads.
    • The forensic program services that aid in the search for missing children through DNA technology and other scientific innovations to enhance investigations.
    • Specialized services are available for victims and families, including mental health assistance, legal referrals, and support networks, ensuring comprehensive care and support.
    • NCMEC’s Child Sex Trafficking Recovery Services Team that focuses on safety planning and resource connection.
    • Services tailored for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with model programs, safety tips, and law enforcement checklists to ensure effectiveness.
    • Federal liaison partnerships enhancing NCMEC’s capabilities information dissemination, investigation, and leads generation, among others.
  • The rising trend in online enticement and sextortion highlighting the need for robust internet safety education and resources that NCMEC provides online and in-person to schools, parents, and the children.
  • Prevention resources made available directly to survivors and families and trainings provided to community partners who can then help with raising awareness and promoting resources.
  • What those in the criminal justice arena can do to advance NCMEC’s mission to prevent victimization.

Points raised in the Q&A are:

  • NCMEC’s funding, availability of volunteer positions, and geographic reach of resources.
  • NCMEC podcast on missing or murdered individuals from native communities.
  • How to best report missing children for undocumented tribal families.
  • NCMEC’s response time after reports of missing children in reservations on the hotline.
  • Underreporting of missing youth cases.
  • Improving relationships between local and tribal law enforcement.
  • Online resources for tribal laws.

 

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Audience Comments

  • “Very different type of training. I really enjoyed learning about all the important work and organizations dedicated to this topic. Thank you!”
  • “This has been an emerging concern in Franklin County PA. It was nice to have some more information on the matter as we have dealt with a couple of difficult cases over the past couple of months. I look forward to more presentations by JCH!”
  • “Very informative and comprehensive showing that once activated following notification of a missing child the operational response is rapid and systematic in using several resources at federal and other levels. Well done!”
  • “This was a a very interesting and serious topic that should concern us all. I definitely would continue visiting the website. The center plays a very important role in locating missing children and for that I am eternally grateful.”
  • “As always this Webinar was very informative.”

 

 

 


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