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Child Victim Identification Program

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, through the Child Victim Identification Program®, serves as the central repository in the U.S. for information relating to child victims depicted in sexually exploitive images and videos. CVIP services are available to investigating law enforcement agencies.

Purpose and function

CVIP was launched in 2002 after NCMEC analysts repeatedly saw images of the same child victims in their reviews and began tracking which victims had been previously identified by law enforcement. The project became more significant after the Supreme Court held that the criminalization of child pornography applies only to images depicting “real” children. (Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, 535 U.S. 234 (2002)).

Today CVIP operates with a dual mission. The program assists:

  • Federal and state law enforcement agencies and prosecutors with child pornography investigations.
  • Law enforcement in identifying child victims so law enforcement can locate and rescue them from exploitive situations.

Law enforcement officers submit copies of seized child pornography images to federal law enforcement agents co-located at NCMEC. CVIP analysts review the copies of the seized images and videos and determine which images contain previously identified child victims. Through Dec. 2013 analysts have reviewed more than 104 million images and videos. Many children have been rescued from ongoing exploitation as a result of CVIP's assistance to law enforcement.

For years CVIP has worked closely with law enforcement agencies in their efforts to locate and rescue child victims depicted in sexually exploitive images. Until these children are identified and located they may continue to be sexually exploited.

For information about other services, how to submit images for review, how to submit new case information or how to request assistance, law enforcement agencies can contact CVIP at cvip@ncmec.org.

Please do not report incidents of child sexual exploitation to cvip@ncmec.org. Visit www.cybertipline.com or call 1-800-843-5678 to make ALL reports regarding child sexual exploitation.

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