OJJDP's Missing and Exploited Children's Program Offers New Web Site Highlighting Training and Technical Assistance Resources

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OJJDP is pleased to announce the availability of a new, user-friendly Web site that facilitates access to training and technical assistance opportunities offered by the Office's Missing and Exploited Children's Program (MECP). Established in 1995, MECP provides resources to help juvenile justice practitioners, state and local agencies, and nonprofit organizations develop comprehensive strategies to protect children and address a range of other issues related to missing and exploited children. Following are examples of the type of support offered by the program:

Training. The program's network of juvenile justice experts develops the agenda and curriculum for conferences, workshops, and training events; facilitates all arrangements for expert speakers, instructors, and trainers; and provides logistical support.

Technical assistance. MECP's technical assistance activities include peer-to-peer information exchanges, strategic planning sessions, mentoring opportunities, offsite assistance, onsite consultation services, and distance-learning education.

MECP also coordinates the U.S. Department of Justice's National Missing Children's Day ceremony and the National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest to raise awareness about the issues associated with missing children nationwide. The poster contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other community organizations to engage children and their parents in informative discussions on safety and prevention. The winner of this national contest receives an award at the annual National Missing Children's Day ceremony in Washington, DC.

To learn more about MECP's training and technical assistance resources, National Missing Children's Day, and the National Missing Children's Day poster contest, contact MECP via e-mail, fax (202–347–5614), or telephone (202–347–5610 or 1–888–347–5610) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Resources:

To learn more about MECP's resources for training and technical assistance, visit the program's Web site. For more information about the National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest, visit the OJJDP Web site. News about the 2011 National Missing Children's Day ceremony is also available on OJJDP's Web site.