NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN AUSTIN GALA

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Mark Gillespie With Rae Leigh Bradbury and her family

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 4th Annual Texas Heroes for Children Gala in Austin, Texas at the Austin Hyatt took place Saturday, Sept 28th. Barbara and I were honored to have Mark  Gillespie, Central Texas private investigator and President of The Texas Association Of Licensed Investigators at our table as well as  Rae Leigh Bradbury and her family. In 1998, at 8 weeks old, Rae Leigh was kidnapped by her babysitter in Arlington,Texas and became the first child recovered in the nation as a result of an AMBER Alert. This was a great event and we urge you to support the work of the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children.

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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Texas Regional Office
Suite 200
8668 Spicewood Springs Road
Austin, TX 78759-4391
Phone: 512-465-2156
Fax: 512-428-6927
http://www.missingkids.com

About  -The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Established in 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. As part of its Congressional authorization, NCMEC has created a unique public and private partnership to build a coordinated, national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children, establish a missing children hotline and serve as the national clearinghouse for information related to these issues.

To help support NCMEC’s nonprofit work, NCMEC receives federal funding for certain core services and also utilizes broad based, private sector support from corporations, foundations and individuals.

Over the last 29 years, our national toll-free hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST®(1-800-843-5678), has handled more than 3.8 million calls. With help from corporate partners, we have circulated billions of photos of missing children, and our employees have assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 188,000 missing children. We have trained more than 301,000 law enforcement officers, prosecutors and health care professionals at our Alexandria, Va. headquarters, our branch offices and online.

As the Internet has become a primary tool for sexually exploiting children, NCMEC received Congressional authorization to establish the CyberTipline which provides a centralized mechanism for the public and electronic service providers to report suspected child sexual exploitation which can often involve multiple jurisdictions. Since 1998, the CyberTipline has received more than 1.9 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation, and the Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed more than 90 million child pornography images.

Since launching our first safety programs more than two decades ago, we have worked to put in place the policies, educational initiatives and public-private partnerships to prevent the victimization of children. That work continues today through our Take 25 campaign, NetSmartz Workshop, Technology Coalition, Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography and other initiatives to confront ever-changing risks to the wellbeing of our children.

Among other services, we rapidly deploy members of Team Adam, all retired law enforcement professionals, when children are critically missing to assist in the search and offer our free resources. We have access to many public databases and can help with case analysis and mapping. Our forensic artists create age-progressed photos and facial and skull reconstructions, and we provide assistance to help the U.S. marshals track more than 100,000 noncompliant sex offenders. A team of social services professionals provides emotional support to families and victims. Outreach teams work in communities to make child safety a daily concern. Our education experts develop free programming.

Over the years, NCMEC has been able to greatly expand our services as a result of our federal funds and private-sector money and in-kind contributions. These valuable donations enable us to provide free resources to law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them.

Based in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, we have grown from a staff of five to a team of more than 350 employees and 200 volunteers. Today, we perform 19 specific functions as authorized by Congress and work with law enforcement, the private sector and families to find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization.

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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: http://www.pimall.com/thomas

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