One step closer to the day when no child is ever forgotten
Last Thursday, Congress took a stand for some of our nation’s most vulnerable victims – children missing from social services and foster care. One in seven endangered runways reported to us in 2013 were likely victims of sex trafficking; 67 percent of these children were in care when they ran.
On Sept. 18, H.R. 4980, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, was sent to President Obama to be signed into law. The bipartisan legislation, which was introduced by House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp and Ranking Member Sandy Levin and supported by Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, cleared the Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
Among other provisions, the bill directs state agencies to immediately report missing children to both law enforcement, via NCIC, the FBI’s National Crime Information Center and to us — the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Earlier this year, we advocated strongly for this law, saying that these runaways weren’t on anyone’s radar — no one was looking for them. Thanks to this act of Congress, and the upcoming signing of this critical bill into law, I am very happy to report that is no longer the case.
Every missing child deserves our attention and care. We are now one step closer to the day when no child is ever forgotten.
President & CEO
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children