What We Do

The Nevada Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children (NevCMEC) is under the direction of the Nevada State Children's Advocate, a Senior Deputy Attorney General operating out of the Attorney General's Las Vegas office. The Clearinghouse was established by the Nevada Legislature to assist in the effort to locate and recover missing and exploited children, and to reunify families. Our mission is to assist the children, their families, the police, other clearinghouses, non-profit child recovery organizations, and communities by providing information, referrals, training, and coordination among agencies in this most worthwhile effort. 

We work with police departments and sheriff's offices in Nevada and in other American states and Canadian provinces, as well as other countries around the world, along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the United States Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to bring our missing children home. 

We also work to decrease the risk of child abductions by increasing awareness of the problem in our communities, and by assisting other agencies in enforcing civil orders for the return of abducted children, and in conducting public awareness campaigns and by educating parents and children about ways to reduce the risk of abduction, exploitation, and abuse of our children.

Through our website and webbulletins, we strive to provide information on a broad array of information of interest to kids, parents, police and policymakers as well, such as the rights of victims of crime, services available to crime victims, crime prevention strategies, and child safety information. Our website contains links to many agencies serving children specifically, and victims of crime generally. 

Because of the sheer volume of pertinent information that is available relating to child safety, child wellbeing, and victim services, our website includes a webbulletin with articles, news, analysis, and interviews with newsmakers and policymakers on a variety of topics related to children's issues and victim services. These sections of the site are updated regularly to keep the flow of information current, pertinent, and helpful to those who need it.

In addition to directing the Nevada Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children, the Children's Advocate also serves on the Clark County Child Death Review Committee which meets monthly and makes recommendations to State policymakers on methods and policies to reduce fatal risks to children, and serves on the statewide Amber Alert Committee. 

One goal of this website is to ensure that the efforts of the entire child recovery and child welfare systems, including both public and non-profit agencies, are open and available to the people they serve-the families and individual victims they serve, policymakers, practitioners, and the citizens of Nevada who make these efforts possible. We strive to do this by providing pertinent information, by explaining how these systems work in plain, non-jargoned terms, and by demystifying the valuable, yet often seemingly convoluted, contributions of the "experts" from fields like law, government, public administration, and academia. It is our belief that, since we all work together for a common goal, that goal is best reached by communicating in the broadest possible way so that all are included and invited to participate actively. 

Please visit our website often for current information on child safety issues and news affecting children's issues. Comments, suggestions, and input are always welcome, since our effort belongs to our communities and our partners in the effort to return children to their homes and their families.

Welcome, and thank you for stopping by. You are among friends.

Last reviewed 1/4/2015