In January of 2002, Alicia Kozakiewicz became the victim of an Internet luring and was abducted to another state where she was held captive. Following a miraculous rescue by the FBI, Alicia, still recovering from her ordeal, returned to school and was soon highly involved in both academic and extracurricular activities, graduating with high honors. During these years, she came to realize that other children need not suffer her traumatic experience, and so, “The Alicia Project,” providing Internet safety and awareness education, was born. Watch Alicia’s story below:
The U.S. Department of Justice reports that an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year - more than 2,000 every day. In addition, research indicates that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before adulthood. Yet, only 1 in 3 will tell anyone. In addition, research indicates that 1 in 7 youths (10 to 17 years old) have received a sexual solicitation or approach over the Internet.
Since the NCMEC was established by Congress in 1984, it has operated the toll-free 24-hour national missing children's hotline, which has handled more than 2,528,730 calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 157,720 children. With such staggering statistics, the work of the NCMEC is more important than ever.