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National Missing Children's DayNational Missing Children’ Day

In 1983, President Reagan proclaimed May 25 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 that date 4 years earlier. On that day, we honor Etan’s memory and the memory of all children who remain missing. We also celebrate the stories of recovery and pay tribute to the individuals, agencies, and organizations engaged in protecting children. At a Department of Justice ceremony on May 21, the Attorney General will present the annual National Missing Children’s Day awards to outstanding men and women who have worked to protect children.

Find out about last year’s National Missing Children’s Day award recipients. Also, visit the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Web page for information about our efforts to find missing children.

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