the national child protection task force
our impact: runaways


Runaways are missing children. Unfortunately, law enforcement agencies, hampered by limited resources and the elusive nature of this problem, struggle to respond effectively. This leaves vulnerable youth at risk of exploitation, addiction, abuse, and further harm.

Our role is to ensure that law enforcement has the tools and knowledge to respond effectively and compassionately to every single missing child– no matter the circumstances.

Navigating the Complexities of Disappearance: We work to swiftly locate runaways before they fall victim to greater dangers.

The cases of runaway children are fraught with complexities, often involving digital footprints that lead into the shadows. Our team leverages every tool at our disposal to unravel these mysteries and bring the children home.

Cutting Through the Digital Fog: A 15-year-old girl vanished, believed to be with a man she met online. Amidst a sea of misleading details from well-meaning friends and family, NCPTF investigators used open-source intelligence to pinpoint the actual suspect, leading to the recovery of the girl many miles from home. This case exemplifies the importance of precision and expertise in sifting through digital information to find the truth, despite surface appearances.

A Gamer’s Hidden Trail: When a developmentally-delayed teenage girl disappeared, leaving her digital devices behind, the trail seemed cold until NCPTF dissected her video game console’s data. Our investigators uncovered an obscure online account linked to an unknown gaming friend, which lead a federal agency to recover her 13 days after NCPTF’s involvement.

Reconstructing a runaway’s journey: A teenage girl groomed on Snapchat to run away and cover her tracks presented a formidable challenge. NCPTF’s analysis identified a device in her driveway within the disappearance window, leading to a pattern-of-life analysis that pinpointed her location. Swift coordination with federal agencies facilitated her safe recovery and return to home.

And you are a part of this— your support helps to push forward for each and every child that needs us.

Join us in this vital mission. Together, we’re fighting smarter against child exploitation. 

Your support can help locate victims and identify predators within our communities.

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1. FREE PROTECTOR T-SHIRT with a minimum donation of $25/month.
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Become a protector
Light the way home for runaways

Becoming a Protector through monthly giving is more than a donation— it's a commitment to stand with us in the relentless fight to bring missing children home safely. Your consistent support fuels our mission, allowing us to respond rapidly when children go missing.

Why Monthly Giving?

Sustained Impact
– Monthly donations ensure our team has steady stream of resources to respond whenever and wherever we’re needed– for as long as it takes to help effectively. Your commitment helps us execute long-term strategies to support law enforcement combatting human trafficking in communities nationwide.

Maximize Efficiency – Regular contributions allow us to allocate funds more strategically, ensuring that your generosity translates directly into actionable support for law enforcement on the front lines of this problem.

Join our Community – As a Protector, you’re part of a dedicated group of supporters who share your passion for making a difference. You’ll receive exclusive updates and insights into how your contributions are changing lives. As well as a t-shirt, so that you can proudly show your dedication to this important work.

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Knowledge is Power

What is Sextortion?

Sextortion is a rising concern in every community and every child who has a device is at risk. Using the grooming process, predators find children they meet in person or online and build a relationship with them.

Knowledge is Power

Scholarships Available: NCPTF Conference

The NCPTF is now offering limited scholarships to law enforcement demonstrating financial need.

These scholarships, open to law enforcement personnel from any region, aim to cover the full cost of conference registration, ensuring that financial barriers do not hinder access to invaluable skill development opportunities.

Jacksonville, Florida
Knowledge is Power

Advanced Investigative Conference | Jacksonville, FL

Dear Law Enforcement Colleagues, Join us in Jacksonville, FL – March 12-14. Advanced Investigative Conference dedicated to developing law enforcement professionals in cyber investigations, open-source


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