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Justice Department Commemorates National Missing Children’s Day

Today, the Department of Justice announced the winners of the 2022 National Missing Children’s Day awards. The recipients were recognized for their extraordinary efforts to find missing children, bring online child sexual perpetrators to justice, and protect children from harm.

  • Attorney General's Special Commendation
  • Missing Children's Child Protection Award
  • Missing Children's Law Enforcement Award

The Department recognized four members of the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children task force and an Assistant U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Wisconsin; five special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service headquarters and field offices; and an assistant special agent in charge and intelligence analyst from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The Department also declared Sue L. the winner of this year's poster contest.

OJJDP is commemorating this 39th annual National Missing Children’s Day through a website featuring videotaped remarks from Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Amy L. Solomon, OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan, and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children President and CEO Michelle DeLaune. Visit the website for more information about the awardees, poster contest winner, and related resources.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children's Day in memory of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who disappeared from a New York City street corner on May 25, 1979. This day recognizes child safety and honors the individuals, agencies, and organizations dedicated to protecting children around the country.


  • Visit OJJDP's National Missing Children's Day website.
  • Visit the 2022 state poster gallery.
  • Visit OJJDP's Missing and Exploited Children website.
  • Follow OJJDP on Twitter and Facebook.
Date Published: May 25, 2022