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Child Victim Identification Program

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, through the Child Victim Identification Program®, serves as the central repository in the U.S. for information relating to child victims depicted in sexually exploitive images and videos.

Purpose and function

CVIP was launched in 2002 after NCMEC analysts repeatedly saw images of the same child victims in their reviews and began tracking which victims had been previously identified by law enforcement. Until these children are identified and located they may continue to be sexually exploited.

Today CVIP operates with a dual mission. The program helps to:

  • provide information concerning previously identified child victims;
  • locate unidentified child victims featured in sexually abusive images so that they may be identified and rescued.

CVIP also hosts a victim identification lab in which law enforcement, prosecutors, and social service workers can access redacted and sanitized child sexual abuse images in an effort to help identify and rescue unknown child victims.

CVIP serves a clearinghouse role by analyzing statistical information concerning the dynamics of child pornography victimization and provide that research, analysis and data to key stakeholders, including Congress, courts, victims attorneys, prosecutors, and the internet industry.

NCMEC knows that child sexual exploitation is a global problem. Collaboration is critical in successfully locating child victims and reducing child sexual exploitation material on the Internet. NCMEC has cultivated relationships with industry leaders, law enforcement agencies and nongovernmental organizations worldwide.

NCMEC exchanges information and sound practices with international partners to help achieve the mutual goal of reducing child sexual victimization in all countries.

For information about other services, how to submit images for review, how to submit new case information or how to request assistance, law enforcement agencies and civil attornies can contact CVIP at

Please do not report incidents of child sexual exploitation to Visit or call 1-800-843-5678 to make ALL reports regarding child sexual exploitation.

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