Bob Thomas Receives The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Tx Region Sponsorship Heros For Children Award for 2012

Bob Thomas of Thomas Graphics, Inc. Being Presented Sponsorship Award

Austin, Tx: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Tx Region held it’s yearly Texas Heroes for Children Gala at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Sept 22nd, 2012. Bob Thomas, President of Thomas Graphics, Inc.  was presented  the sponsorship award this year. Nicholas Rose was presented  the Texas Children’s Hero Award  by  Robert Almonte, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas. There was a surprise appearance by U.S. Senator  John Cornyn. Senator  Cornyn  gave a speech about the work of the National Center for Missing And Exploited Children. This yearly event is a fundraiser for the Texas Regional office and a time yearly awards are given.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Mission and History

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, (NCMEC), is a private, (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization which was created in 1984. The mission of the organization is to serve as the nation’s resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. The organization provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents, children including child victims as well as other professionals.


The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children was born in a time of tragedy. In 1979, six year old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York street corner on his way to school and was never seen again. Twenty-nine children were abducted and murdered in Atlanta, Georgia. And in 1981 six year old Adam Walsh was abducted from a Florida shopping mall and found brutally murdered. There were others.

Surprise appearance by U.S. Senator John Cornyn

In 1984, police could enter information about stolen cars, stolen guns, and even stolen horses into the FBI’s national crime computer – but not stolen children. That is no longer the case. More missing children come home safely today and more is being done today to protect children than anytime in the nation’s history.

In 1984, the U.S. Congress passed the Missing Children’s Assistance Act which established a National Resource Center and Clearinghouse on Missing and Exploited Children. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children was designated to fulfill this role.

On June 13, 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children was opened by President Ronald Reagan in a White House Ceremony. The national 24-hour toll-free missing children’s hotline 1-800-THE-LOST opened as well.

28 Years of Progress

In June of 2012, NCMEC observed its 28th year in operation and a quarter century of progress on behalf of children. Twenty-five years later NCMEC has become the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement to address the problems of missing and sexually exploited children. Today the work of the organization includes nineteen different Congressional mandates.

Today law enforcement is better trained, better prepared and responds more swiftly and effectively than ever before. There is better law and better technology. Parents are more alert and aware. Yet there are still thousands of children who do not make it home each year, and more who fall victim to sexual exploitation.

Texas Hero! – Robert Almonte, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas giving yearly award to Federal Officer Nicholas Rose

An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year – more than 2,000 children every day. An estimated 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before age 18. Yet, only 1 in 3 will tell anyone.

Clearly much more needs to be done. For More information on The National Center For Missing And Exploited Children click here and please support it and the work they do.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Charles B. Wang International Children’s Building
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3175
The United States of America
Phone: 703-224-2150
Fax: 703-224-21221-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

Regional and Satellite Offices

To receive information on the services offered by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) office in your area, please contact them directly.

NCMEC/Florida is the central point for NCMEC child-protection education and prevention. To learn more about prevention programs and publications to assist with educational needs, call NCMEC/Florida toll free at 1-866-476-2338.

Regional Offices

18111 Irvine Boulevard, Tustin, CA 92780-3403
714-508-0150 (telephone)
714-508-0154 (facsimile)

NCMEC/New York/Rochester
275 Lake Avenue, Rochester, NY 14608
585-242-0900 (telephone)
585-242-0717 (facsimile)

9176 Alternate A1A, Lake Park, FL 33403-1445
561-848-1900 (telephone)
561-848-0308 (facsimile)

Mailing Address: PO Box 204330, Austin, TX 78720-4330
8668 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78759
512-465-2156 (telephone)
512-428-6927 (facsimile)

Satellite Offices

NCMEC/New York/Buffalo
610 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202
716-842-6333 (telephone)
716-842-6334 (facsimile)

NCMEC/Capital Region
359 Ballston Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-812-6833 (telephone)
518-584-9863 (facsimile)

NCMEC/New York/Mohawk Valley
934 York Street, Utica, NY 13502
315-732-7233 (telephone)
315-624-7134 (facsimile)

Get Involved with NCMEC

Banners and Links 
Place a banner or a link to on your website.

LexisNexis® ADAM Program
Opt to have your company receive faxed alerts about missing children in your area.

Code Adam
Start a Code Adam program in your workplace.

Corporate Photo Partners 
Help distribute pictures of missing children throughout the country.

Google Gadget for Missing Children 
Add a Missing Children Gadget to your Web page.

Google Gadget for AMBER Alerts 
Add an AMBER Alert Gadget to your Web page.

ICMEC/YouTube Missing Children Channel
Watch videos of missing children from around the world.

MySpace Widget
Add a Widget to your MySpace profile or Web page.

Missing Children Screensaver
Download this free screensaver with photos of missing children.

Pictures Work! 
Join a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of pictures in recovering missing children.

Poster-Partner Program
Receive E-mail alerts about children who become missing in your area.

RSS Feeds 
Receive missing-children alerts in RSS format.

Volunteer Opportunities 
Become a volunteer for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Wireless AMBER Alerts
Receive AMBER Alerts as text messages on your wireless device.


About securityteknews
Ralph Thomas is author of over 32 books on various aspects of conducting investigations, founder and director of The National Association Of Investigative Specialists,CEO of Thomas Investigative Publications, Inc, The Spy Exchange And Security Center and SpyTek Wholesale Imports. Thomas is a member of the Executive Security Council of Griffith Colson Intelligence Service, a private intelligence agency. Thomas's latest project is NAIStv on the Griffith Media TV Network. He has also developed A Native American Store in Georgetown Texas called Tribal Impressions. You can review his person home page off of:

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