New Publications

All OJJDP publications may be viewed and downloaded from the publications section of the OJJDP Web site. Print publications also may be ordered online at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Web site.

Highlights of the 2009 National Youth Gang Survey Highlights of the 2009 National Youth Gang Survey (Fact Sheet)
NCJ 233581

Gangs, and their activities, remain a serious concern for law enforcement agencies and the public in many jurisdictions across the United States. Since 1996, the National Gang Center, through the National Youth Gang Survey (NYGS), has collected data annually from a large, representative sample of local law enforcement agencies to track the size and scope of the national gang problem. This fact sheet summarizes findings from the 2009 NYGS. Included among the key findings were that the prevalence rate of gang activity increased to 34.5 percent in 2009 from 32.4 percent in 2008. Larger cities and suburban counties accounted for more than 96 percent of all gang homicides. The fact sheet also includes a trend analysis showing that gang violence rates have remained high over the past decade. For more information on the analysis, see the article entitled "Survey Indicates That Gang Activity Continues at High Levels" in this issue.

To order a printed copy, visit the NCJRS Web site.

Publications Released on Missing Children's Day (May 25, 2011)

Cuando su niño está desaparecido: Una guía de supervivencia familiar Cuando su niño está desaparecido: Una guía de supervivencia familiar (Guide)
NCJ 232789

Cuando su niño está desaparecido: Una guía de supervivencia familiar is the Spanish-language translation of When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide. Written by parents who have experienced the trauma of a missing child and who want to help other parents facing the same overpowering loss, the guide provides firsthand knowledge and sound advice about what to do when your child is missing, whom to contact, and how to best help law enforcement.

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El delito del secuestro familiar: La perspectiva de hijos y padres El delito del secuestro familiar: La perspectiva de hijos y padres (Guide)
NCJ 234086

El delito del secuestro familiar: La perspectiva de hijos y padres is the Spanish-language translation of The Crime of Family Abduction: A Child's and Parent's Perspective. Authored by survivors of family abduction, this publication provides the searching family, law enforcement, and mental health professionals with strategies to build a comprehensive, child-centered approach to recovery and healing. This publication dispels the prevailing misconceptions surrounding family abduction by providing a firsthand account of the psychological trauma and physical dangers often faced by children who are abducted by family members. The booklet includes strategies to help parents searching for their children to cope with the aftermath of the abduction and provides suggestions for assisting the child during the transition from abduction to life after he or she has been recovered.

To order a printed copy, visit the NCJRS Web site.

Federal Resources on Missing and Exploited Children: A Directory for Law Enforcement and Other Public and Private Agencies, Sixth Edition Federal Resources on Missing and Exploited Children: A Directory for Law Enforcement and Other Public and Private Agencies, Sixth Edition (Directory)
NCJ 231619

First published in 1996, Federal Resources on Missing and Exploited Children is designed to be used by agencies and organizations involved in the safe recovery of missing children. It contains the most up-to-date information about and links to the 16 federal and 2 nonfederal agencies that make up the Federal Agency Task Force for Missing and Exploited Children. The directory is a compilation of services, programs, publications, and training offered by these agencies to address the issues of child sexual exploitation, child pornography, child abduction, and missing children cases. The new edition of the directory has been redesigned to provide comprehensive, accessible agency information in a concise, user-friendly format.

To order a printed copy, visit the NCJRS Web site.