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Minnesota’s Child Protection Efforts Underscore Success of State & National AMBER Alert Program

The work of the AMBER Alert Training & Technical Assistance Program (AATTAP) and its Minnesota-based partners was front-page news this week in the state’s largest newspaper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

2024 National Missing Children’s Day Lauds Family Survivors, New Resources, Inspiring Child Protection Efforts

AATTAP and NCJTC leaders were honored to be invited, along with surviving family members, by OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan to participate in the 41st National Missing Children’s Day commemoration May...

Cover Story Extra: Healing Through Comfort

For those fortunate enough to witness it, one of the Symposium’s most moving moments came in the guise of a small package—one that guest speaker Pamela Foster quietly handed to...

Faces: A Shining Light

Jolene Hardesty has faced challenges in her 20 years of public service—from her early days as a 911 sheriff’s office dispatcher to her current role as Missing Children’s Clearinghouse Analyst...

Front Lines: Wheels of Justice

As the disappearance of 9-year-old Charlotte Sena from an Upstate New York park in the fall of 2023 began to garner national media attention, the parallels to another case flashed...

Cover Story: 'One Team, One Fight'

Hundreds of state and regional AMBER Alert Coordinators, Missing Person Clearinghouse Managers, Tribal law enforcement officers, public alerting/emergency management experts, and federal officials gathered in New Orleans February 27–28 to...

AMBER Alert in Indian Country Leader Named 'Champion of Change'

AATTAP's AMBER Alert in Indian Country Manager Tyesha M. Wood has been named a 2024 “Champion of Change” by End Violence Against Women International.

Cover Story: New Year, New Tech

As 2024 unfolds, an array of innovative technology awaits use by law enforcement. Our experts share the tools they believe should be your radars.

Upcoming Trainings Open for Registration

Child Abduction Tabletop Exercise – 4 Hrs

Eau Claire, WI

8:00 a.m. - Noon | Test the organization’s response in conducting an initial investigation into searching for a missing or abducted child using the Incident Command System. Employ strategies and responses in mitigating and resolving the emergency. Participate in a multidisciplinary tabletop exercise to build cohesiveness within the investigative team when responding to an emergency.

Missing Children and our Mexican Border

Live Webinar, 1:00-2:30 PM CST

Our Mexican border sees children crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, and children taken from the U.S. into Mexico. Explore the dynamics of how and why children are taken across the border, in both directions. Recognize current crime trends identified by subject matter experts from border jurisdictions. Identify investigative techniques and partnerships described by those experts as being crucial when...

Crime Scene Response in Child Abduction Cases (CSR CAC)

Live Online Instructor-Led

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Discover methods and techniques for processing the crime scene of a child abduction. Identify procedures to properly document, collect, and process vital evidence when time is of the essence. Recognize the impact of the environment, proper scene acquisition and etiquette, proper supervision, and courtroom testimony on your case. Develop skill sets which can lead...

Initial Response Strategies and Tactics When Responding to Missing Children Incidents

Mansfield, PA

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | In the initial response to endangered missing or child abduction incidents, accurate and timely situational assessments and immediate resource deployment are critical. During this training, first responders will gain knowledge of the investigative activities that occur during an endangered missing or child abduction investigation, and how their actions influence the short- and long-term response...

Investigative Strategies for Child Abduction Cases

Aurora, CO

Understand, recognize, and investigate cases involving missing and abducted children. Determine scope and scale issues and how to manage a missing or abducted child case. Explore crime scene evidence collection and processing, profiling suspects, and legal issues, including search warrants and interrogation related to a missing or abducted child.

Child Abduction Response Team Training (CART)

Racine, WI

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily | Take steps toward implementing a successful CART by bringing together a team of experts whose knowledge, skills, and abilities will be beneficial in a child abduction case. Join us to learn how to develop a multidisciplinary CART for responding to endangered, missing, or abducted children. Hear about the impact a child abduction has on...

Search and Canvass Operations in Child Abductions

Glendale, AZ

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily | Seconds count when a child is missing. Gain the critical skills needed to construct and manage effective search and canvass operations to recover the child. Recognize crucial cell phone and technology-related evidence which can help locate the child and track the abductor. Explore relevant legal issues associated with criminal cases against those who abduct...

Initial Response Strategies and Tactics When Responding to Missing Children Incidents

Racine, WI

8:00 am - 5:00 pm | In the initial response to endangered missing or child abduction incidents, accurate and timely situational assessments and immediate resource deployment are critical. During this training, first responders will gain knowledge of the investigative activities that occur during an endangered missing or child abduction investigation, and how their actions influence the short- and long-term response of...

Child Abduction Response Team Training (CART)

Marysville, WA

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily | Take steps toward implementing a successful CART by bringing together a team of experts whose knowledge, skills, and abilities will be beneficial in a child abduction case. Join us to learn how to develop a multidisciplinary CART for responding to endangered, missing, or abducted children. Hear about the impact a child abduction has on...

Investigative Strategies for Child Abduction Cases

Live Online Instructor-Led

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily | Understand, recognize, and investigate cases involving missing and abducted children. Determine scope and scale issues and how to manage a missing or abducted child case. Explore crime scene evidence collection and processing, profiling suspects, and legal issues, including search warrants and interrogation related to a missing or abducted child.

Child Abduction Response Team Training (CART)

Orange, CA

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily | Take steps toward implementing a successful CART by bringing together a team of experts whose knowledge, skills, and abilities will be beneficial in a child abduction case. Join us to learn how to develop a multidisciplinary CART for responding to endangered, missing, or abducted children. Hear about the impact a child abduction has...

Initial Response Strategies and Tactics When Responding to Missing Children Incidents

Dunbar, WV

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | In the initial response to endangered missing or child abduction incidents, accurate and timely situational assessments and immediate resource deployment are critical. During this training, first responders will gain knowledge of the investigative activities that occur during an endangered missing or child abduction investigation, and how their actions influence the short- and long-term response...

Unresolved Missing Person Cases in Alaskan Native Villages

Sitka, AK

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily | Discover proven investigative strategies and acquire the requisite skills to investigate and manage unresolved homicides and long-term missing children and adult cases in Alaskan Native Villages. Explore the roles and responsibilities of an unresolved case team when working these investigations. Gain insight into the dynamics of violent crime investigations, missing persons, homicides, and...

Child Abduction Response Team Training (CART)

Starkville, MS

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Take steps toward implementing a successful CART by bringing together a team of experts whose knowledge, skills, and abilities will be beneficial in a child abduction case. Join us to learn how to develop a multidisciplinary CART for responding to endangered, missing, or abducted children. Hear about the impact a child abduction has on the...

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CART, FL, 5/3-5/24

Child Abduction Response Team (CART) Training | May 3-5, 2024 | Panama City, FL

"Some of the best presenters I have seen. Kept us engaged and were incredibly knowledgeable."
 
"The instructors were clearly experts in their fields. They made difficult topics easy to take in. They were entertaining and engaging. One of the best trainings I've had the pleasure to attend."

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IRST ELKTON, MD 5/16/24

Initial Response Strategies and Tactics When Responding to Missing Children Incidents
May 16, 2024 | Elkton, MD

"Great training! Really enjoyed the case studies and all the information provided."
 
"The Family Perspective presentation gave me important perspectives on what we can do better when dealing with families of victims."
 
"I enjoyed the roundtable discussions for investigative techniques and resources related to missing persons and child abduction cases."

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CART, WI, MAY 2024

Child Abduction Response Team (CART) Training | May 19-21, 2024 | Fish Creek, WI

"The scale of the problems which need to be addressed and resolved is huge. This class opened my mind beyond my imagination. Thank you for all your time and effort."
 
"The training was very beneficial in understanding what a CART team member may encounter and expectations of working in that capacity."
 
"It was great to see how many moving parts are needed to effectively conduct a child abduction or missing child investigation."

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UMPC-IC MARCH 2024

UNRESOLVED MISSING PERSON CASES IN INDIAN COUNTRY | March 24-26, 2024 | Bernalillo, NM

"The instructors presented professionally and worked well together."
 
"The course provided very good experiential stories and really useful, practical information."
 
"I liked how the instructors engaged the attendees and encouraged them to meet and talk with each other to exchange resources."

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CST-FR | JAN. 16, 2024 | LOIL

Child Sex Trafficking for First Responders | January 16, 2024 | Live, Online Instructor-Led

"The interactive group project really made us use what was taught during the presentations to discuss and come up with the best responses and approaches."
 
"I appreciated learning more about identifying and recognizing CST. As a patrol officer, I recognize the importance of being able to identify the signs of possible CST early, as you may not get the opportunity again."

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IRST December 5, 2023 | Conshohocken, PA

Initial Response Strategies and Tactics When Responding to Missing Children Incidents
December 2023 | Conshohocken, PA

"The instructors shared true missing children’s cases they have experienced, which was interesting to hear about how they handled it and the outcome of the case."
 
"The instructors were extremely knowledgeable, professional, and able to answer questions and interact with the students."

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TO REPORT A MISSING, ABDUCTED, OR ENDANGERED CHILD:

CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY


After calling 911, you may also contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for additional assistance at:

1-800-THE-LOST

We cannot take missing child reports on inquiries via this website. To search for or find information about current missing children please visit:

https://www.missingkids.org/gethelpnow/amber