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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Self Description

June 2005: "NCMEC was established in 1984 as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to provide services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered, and sexually exploited children."

Third-Party Descriptions

May 2012: 'The thought behind this operation is the same as the thought behind any operation to remove sex offenders from popular online networks. As the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s John Walsh put it, “we know that sex offenders target and lure children and how they look at the online community as their private, perverted hunting ground.” It’s hard to argue that the internet and social networking in particular makes predation easier than ever.'

May 2010: 'Child advocates like Ernie Allen, the president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, are upset by such thinking. “Real children are harmed in the production of these images,” he said, “and these same children are harmed every time these images are downloaded and viewed.”'

August 2009: "Because so many offences require registration, the number of registered sex offenders in America has exploded. As of December last year, there were 674,000 of them, according to the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. If they were all crammed into a single state, it would be more populous than Wyoming, Vermont or North Dakota. As a share of its population, America registers more than four times as many people as Britain, which is unusually harsh on sex offenders. America’s registers keep swelling, not least because in 17 states, registration is for life."

June 2008: "Internet service providers represent a relatively new front in the battle against child pornography, one spearheaded in large part by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Federal law requires service providers to report child pornography to the National Center, but it often takes customer complaints to trigger a report, and few visitors to illicit newsgroups could be expected to complain because many are pedophiles themselves."

December 2007: 'The Securing Adolescents from Exploitation-Online Act of 2007 (SAFE Act; where the "O" went is anyone's guess) cleared the House yesterday on a lopsided vote of 409-2....The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children praised the bill, calling it a step toward "better reporting, investigation, and prosecution of those who use the Internet to distribute images of illegal child pornography."'

October 2007: "But as nightmarish as Kozakiewicz story may be, it would be a mistake to focus only on these rare tragedies, says Larry Magid, a board member of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the founder of and"

July 2007: In its pro forma application for the earmarked grant to receive and review the Justice Department's online obscenity complaints, Morality in Media claimed it was performing a function similar to that of, where one can report certain crimes against children. But the similarities are limited. That site and its sponsor, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, help enforce the law as it stands, without declaring it -- as Morality in Media recently said of a judge's ruling in an Internet indecency case -- 'utter nonsense.'

June 2006: The restrictions may give a false sense of security, because they do not bar offenders from traveling into a prohibited area, says Carolyn Atwell-Davis of the National Center for Missing National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Exploited Children. The private group prefers better tracking of offenders, workplace restrictions and increased penalties for non-registration.

December 2005: Efforts to locate 500 children still classified as missing after Hurricane Katrina are stalled because the Federal Emergency Management Agency, citing privacy laws, has refused to share its evacuee database with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to investigators tracking the cases.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Ernest "Ernie" E. Allen Esq. Person May 17, 2007
Cooperation (past or present) Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Esq. Person Jun 11, 2008
Cooperation (past or present) Rep. Nick Lampson Person Jun 11, 2008
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Larry Magid Person Nov 23, 2007
Founded/Co-Founded by Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) John Edward Walsh Person Jun 6, 2012

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
May 31, 2012 Should Sex Offenders Be Allowed On Facebook? The discussion goes beyond that initial repulsive reaction

QUOTE: Many states have laws on the books that put an outright ban on registered sex offenders using social networks. Sometimes these laws extend to things like instant messaging services and the like....there’s a wave of challenges to state laws banning sex offenders’ use of social media, and the American Civil Liberties Union is stepping in to spearhead many of them.

May 21, 2010 Defiant Judge Takes On Child Pornography Law

QUOTE: the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated a 20-year child pornography sentence by ruling that the sentencing guidelines for such cases, “unless applied with great care, can lead to unreasonable sentences.” The decision noted that the recommended sentences for looking at pictures of children being sexually abused sometimes eclipse those for actually sexually abusing a child.

New York Times
Sep 01, 2009 Case Shows Limits of Sex Offender Alert Programs

QUOTE: the case of Phillip Garrido, the California man accused of kidnapping a young girl and holding her captive for 18 years, is reigniting a debate about the usefulness of the government-managed lists and whether they might create a false sense of public safety.

New York Times
Aug 06, 2009 Unjust and ineffective: Sex laws

QUOTE: Many people assume that anyone listed on a sex-offender registry must be a rapist or a child molester. But most states spread the net much more widely

Jun 05, 2009 US shuts 'criminal' internet service provider

QUOTE: The US Federal Trade Commission for the first time has sued and immediately shut down an internet service provider it accused of being a haven for a wide range of criminal activity, including child pornography and the electronic theft of personal banking data.

Financial Times (FT)
Jun 10, 2008 Net Providers to Block Sites With Child Sex

QUOTE: The move is part of a groundbreaking agreement with the New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, that will be formally announced on Tuesday as a significant step by leading companies to curtail access to child pornography.

New York Times
Dec 06, 2007 SAFE Act won't turn mom-and-pop shops into WiFi cops

QUOTE: ISPs already have a duty to notify authorities if they stumble across anything that appears to be child pornography or molestation evidence. The new [The Securing Adolescents from Exploitation-Online Act] bill ups the penalties for not reporting this information

Ars Technica
Oct 19, 2007 Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

QUOTE: Magid argues the focus on sexual predators on social networking sites is largely political grandstanding. Much less sensational, and far more common, he contends, are cases where kids simply post too much sensitive or compromising information about themselves on social networks or blogs, leading to incidents of cyberbullying and embarrassment.

Jul 15, 2007 Outsourcing Justice? That's Obscene.

QUOTE: LAS VEGAS Privatization is all the rage these days. ... But it's hard to top this step by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales: His Justice Department has put a privatized eye on American morality.

Washington Post
May 01, 2007 U.S.: Online Payment Network Abetted Fraud, Child Pornography

QUOTE: At the heart of the government's case are allegations that E-Gold executives turned a blind eye to illegal activity on its networks, activity that allegedly ranged from the transfer of proceeds garnered from pyramid and investment scams to credit-card fraud and payments for child pornography materials.

Washington Post
Apr 23, 2007 The Marshal of MySpace: How Hemanshu Nigam is trying to keep the site's 'friends' safe from predators and bullies

QUOTE: Complicated algorithms are in place to mine thousands of search terms that are commonly used by online pedophiles. And each week, says MySpace, Nigam and his team, which includes former prosecutors and police officers, delete 8,000 profiles of people who misrepresent their ages.

Jun 15, 2006 Developments bar sex offenders

QUOTE: Private housing developers are joining a surging number of communities that are telling convicted sex offenders who need a place to live: "Not in my backyard."...Banning sex offenders from private property does not violate the Fair Housing Act, but restrictions by states and cities are worrisome...

May 26, 2006 Financial firms attack child porn

QUOTE: The nation's leading banks and credit card companies will soon team with law enforcement in a groundbreaking coalition to catch people who sell child pornography online...The companies will block transactions for online child porn or, if law enforcement opens an investigation, help track sellers and buyers.

Mar 16, 2006 A siege on the child-porn market: Titans of finance join forces to try to thwart online trafficking in illicit images.

QUOTE: For the first time, titans such as American Express, Bank of America, and Citigroup will join forces to try to thwart the use of credit cards and other financial tools to buy child pornography.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 23, 2005 FEMA Slows Search for Kids From Katrina

QUOTE: Efforts to locate 500 children still classified as missing after Hurricane Katrina are stalled because the Federal Emergency Management Agency, citing privacy laws, has refused to share its evacuee database with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children...

Washington Post
Jan 18, 2005 Parents of Runaways Fend for Themselves: Police Put Off Searching in Most Cases

QUOTE: ...difficulty that parents often face...finding a child who might have run away. Unlike child abduction cases, where police mobilize immediately, runaway cases draw less effort...

Washington Post
Mar 06, 2003 New Kidnapping Law May Snare Battered Women

QUOTE: Children's advocates are praising a new law intended to lower the risk of international parental kidnappings. However, the itemized risk factors for illegal flight are also common among battered women preparing to leave their abusers.

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