Legal Resources

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The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® understands cases of missing and sexually exploited children are often complex. View NCMEC’s legal resources for attorneys and families.

Domestic family abductions
Information about the legal technical assistance NCMEC offers regarding missing children including children who have been abducted, wrongfully retained or concealed by a parent or other family member within the U.S.

International family abductions
Information about the legal technical assistance NCMEC offers regarding missing children including children who have been abducted, wrongfully retained or concealed by a parent or other family member outside of the U.S.

International Child Abduction Attorney Network
Information about the International Child Abduction Attorney Network, a membership group of attorneys who have committed to pro bono representation of at least one left-behind parent of children abducted by a family member.

Runaway children
Information about the legal technical assistance NCMEC offers regarding missing children including children who have run away from the home of their parent or guardian or a state care facility.

Child sexual exploitation
Information about the legal technical assistance NCMEC offers to law enforcement,  and families on exploited child cases.

Federal laws — exploitation
Federal laws concerning the sexual exploitation of children.

Amicus Briefs
NCMEC writes various amicus briefs advising the courts of relevant information pertaining to missing and exploited children cases.

Congressional Testimony
NCMEC is asked on occasion to provide testimony to the U.S. Congress on issues concerning missing and sexually exploited children.

Additional legal resources
View these additional publications, testimonies and briefs for more information regarding the legal issues concerning missing and sexually exploited child cases.