Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus, joins co-chair Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) and other members of the Victims Rights Caucus and the Caucus for Missing and Exploited Children in recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the National Center for Missing Children (NCMEC). The resolution gained unanimous approval in the US House of Representatives.
I'm proud to sponsor H. Res. 454, which recognizes the 25th anniversary of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said Poe. As founder and co-chair of the Victims' Rights Caucus, along with my friend from California, Mr. Costa, I am thankful for the work that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children does to protect the Nation's children.
At the time the Center was founded 25 years ago, there were little or no resources available to assist law enforcement with the cases of missing children, continued Poe. In fact, there was no way for police to enter information about missing children into the FBI's national crime computer. Today, thanks to the work of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, this is no longer the case.
President Reagan officially opened the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) on June 13, 1984. Since 1990, NCMECs recovery rate of missing children has increased from 62 percent to 97 percent. NCMEC continues to work alongside law enforcement and the public to offer intervention and prevention services to assist in the cases of the more than 800,000 missing children in the United States each year.
As founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus in Washington, DC, Congressman Poe continues his life-long advocacy on behalf of victims and children. Congressman Poe is a board member of the Childrens Assessment Center in Houston, Texas, and is recognized nationally for his leadership and advocacy for victims issues.
For more information on Congressman Poe and the Victims Rights Caucus, please visit our website: www.poe.house.gov.