National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – Texas Regional Office

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

The Texas Regional Office of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is based in Austin, Texas, bringing the full resources of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to the region through a small number of expertly trained staff members.

The Texas Regional Office provides training for law enforcement and prosecutors with a particular emphasis on Internet-related crimes committed against children. In addition the office works with and assists government and non-government organizations in presenting prevention and education programs about child safety.

This office also provides case-management services to law enforcement and families through two case-management teams under the direction of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Missing Children Division.

Texas has special challenges because of its size and status in bordering Mexico. Also, Texas is second only to California in the incidence of non-family abduction cases and has more than 50,000 of the nation’s more than 673,000 registered sex offenders.

The Texas regional office will has a small number of staff located in Austin but will bring the full resources of NCMEC to the region.  The office in Austin will be fully funded by private donations, except for two case managers which NCMEC will locate in the new Austin office.  The commitments of corporate leaders in the area made the office a reality, including a $1.5 million donation from BP of America, in addition to other major donations from the American Bank of Commerce, T. Boone Pickens Foundation and Time Warner.

“Children are our most important resource.” said Diane Allbaugh.  “The people of Texas feel it is important to protect our children from being victimized and want to do everything possible to keep our children safe.”

Why Texas? 

  • Of the nation’s more than 645,000 registered sex offenders, more than 50,000 are in Texas, second only to California. One-fourth of the registered sex offenders in the entire U.S. are in California and Texas.
  • An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing every year in the U.S.  During 2006, more than 60,000 children were reported missing in Texas.
  • More than 58,000 children are abducted each year by non-family members.  Texas is second only to California in the incidence of non-family abduction cases.
  • In recent years Texas has experienced a series of tragic cases: Laura Smither of Friendswood, Amber Hagerman of Arlington, and Ashley Estell of Plano etc.
  • Ten of the top 100 fastest growing counties in the U.S. and eight of the largest counties in the nation are located in Texas.
  • Texas is also a leading state for crimes against children and did not have a NCMEC presence as do California, Florida and New York.
  • NCMEC plays a leading role in international child abductions, the largest of which involve Mexico.  The 1,254 mile Mexican Border poses a huge “flight” problem for law enforcement in the rescue of children and the apprehension of criminals.  Texas is the gateway to Mexico, and to Central and South America.
  • There is a strong demand for training from NCMEC that would be convenient to law enforcement in Texas and others in the southwest.

Texas has special challenges because of its size and status as a border state.  At the same time, in the battle to protect children, its law enforcement agencies have become national models, including the widely praised Dallas Police Department Sex Offender Apprehension Program (SOAP), the Texas Missing Children’s Clearinghouse, and others.   The additional resources that NCMEC will offer from an Austin office will aid and enhance the work that is currently being done to target offenders and keep children safe.

The headquarters of NCMEC is located in Alexandria, VA.  Regional offices include Tustin, California; Lake Park, Florida; and Rochester, New York.  Branch offices are located in Naples, Florida; Kansas City, Kansas; Utica, New York; and Columbia, South Carolina.

The National Center For Missing And Exploited Children has developed and maintains a wide resource of printed and digital training materials that can be obtained free of charge dealing with  prevention and location of missing and exploited children on their web site.  There are extensive materials and aids for parents & guardians, law enforcement and investigators, childcare providers, attorneys and the media.  Just click here and go into the different resources sections.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
NCMEC is a 501© (3) nonprofit organization.  Since it was established by Congress in 1984, the organization has operated the toll-free 24-hour national missing children’s hotline, which has handled more than 2.3 million calls.  It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 129,000 children.  The organization’s CyberTipline has handled more than 600,000 reports of child sexual exploitation and it Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed close to 15 million child pornography images and videos.  The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  To learn more about NCMEC, call its toll-free hotline at (800) THE-LOST or visits its website at

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