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Q5ID and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Partner to Bring More Missing Children
According to the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC), 337,195 entries of missing children were logged in 2021 alone. While this is significantly less than the over 420,000 entries in 2019, NCMEC hopes to reduce the number further through their new partnerships.
NCMEC's partnership with Q5id aims to increase awareness of missing children and develop technologies to recover them.
One of the most critical processes of recovering missing children is accurately identifying them. The problem, however, is that if they have been missing for more than two years, they may no longer look like their last seen photographs.
NCMEC's team of forensic artists works closely with law enforcement to accurately identify previously unidentified children. They have named 200 of these children in 2021.
The core product of Q5id is a platform for a universal, self-managed identity that helps protect users from identity theft and fraud. They use cutting-edge biometric and encryption techniques to prove a person's identity accurately. The forensics department is just one of the several areas where Q5id can share its technological expertise.
For the past three decades, the NCMEC has worked closely with law enforcement, local communities, and several corporate partners to recover missing children. Among the many ways they have incorporated technology is through their 24-hour hotline 1-800-THE-LOST or 1-800-843-5678 and by sharing information about missing children on social media.
They also leverage a network of AMBER alert distributors to widen the search for missing children further. As of December 31, 2021, they have recovered 1,111 children through AMBER alerts and the Wireless Emergency Alert program (WEA).
The NCMEC continuously looks for ways to improve its search for more missing children. John Clark, NCMEC President and CEO, has attributed much of the organization's success to social media and technology.
He shared his enthusiasm for the partnership, saying, "By partnering with Q5id, we have yet another strong technology partner to help bring even more children home in the future."
Q5id is constantly developing technologies to better protect individuals of all ages and families across the country. Founder and CEO of Q5id, Steve Larson, has shared similar positive sentiments about putting their technological expertise towards the effort to find missing children.
"We are thrilled to partner with NCMEC to help bring more children home safely," Larson says, "We are excited to start developing new technologies to help find missing children. NCMEC's expertise in locating children combined with Q5id's cutting-edge technology will lead to new ways to bring missing children home."
For more information, visit https://www.q5id.com/