The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a federally funded non-profit organization established in 1984 by the United States Congress. It serves as a national resource center for information related to crimes against children. It provides such information to parents, children, law enforcement agencies and communities to assist in locating missing children and to raise public awareness. The center primarily aims at preventing child abduction, child sexual abuse and child pornography. It provides information to help locate children reported missing.
In 1998, NCMEC founded the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC). ICMEC is a separate international organization that does similar work in the international arena.