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Overview

Since opening in 2008, the Texas Regional Office brings the NCMEC mission of finding missing children, reducing child sexual exploitation, and preventing victimization to the state of Texas. Every day, NCMEC's dedicated and committed staff work with families, children, law enforcement, industry and other child-serving professionals to prevent, protect and respond to child safety issues. NCMEC's many programs such as safety education, professional training, survivor resources, technical services, and assistance to law enforcement localize on a community level to impact, benefit and safeguard the children of Texas. 

Located in Austin and serving the entire state, the Texas Regional Office supports 13 full-time who focus on operational and outreach efforts to protect children in the state of Texas. 

 

"I am deeply committed to giving to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children because, to me, there is no greater cause than one that strives to protect innocent children, supports families who are living their worst nightmare and never stops searching for a child no matter how much time has elapsed."  
-- Amy Diaz Brubaker, NCMEC TX Donor 

Finding Missing Children in Texas

Dedicated Case Managers and their teams add value to cases of missing children reported to both law enforcement and NCMEC, while serving as an information-hub for the law enforcement, families, and others who may become involved in a case of a missing or exploited child. 

Missing children from Texas cases which were resolved: 3,753*

*This includes children reported as missing from any previous year

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Children reported to NCMEC as missing in Texas: 3,763

158,617 missing child posters distributed in Texas through ADAM program

NCMEC provided support for 42 AMBER Alert cases issued by Texas law enforcement involving 57 children

Reducing Child Exploitation in Texas

Through funding by the Department of Justice, the U.S. has sixty-one (61) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces, which are dedicated law enforcement agencies that serve  as that state's expert and hub on these types of crimes. Due to its size and population, the state of Texas has three ICACs – Texas Attorney General's Office, Dallas Police Department and Houston Police Department – all of which consistently year after year are among the top 10 highest volume ICACs in receiving CyberTipline reports and investigating leads of suspected child sexual exploitation.

Below are the reporting categories and reports of suspected child sexual exploitation received by the CyberTipline in 2020 resolving to Texas, with over 250 of these being a Priority 1 or Priority 2 reports:

Incident Type Report Numbers
Child Pornography (possession, manufacture, and distribution) 29,691
Child Sex Tourism 12
Child Sex Trafficking 116
Child Sexual Molestation 372 
Misleading Domain Name 13 
Misleading Words or Digital Images on the Internet 91
Online Enticement of Children for Sexual Acts 1,086
Unsolicited Obscene Material Sent to a Child 142
Grand Total 31,523

Like every state, sadly child sex trafficking is a serious concern for the state of Texas. Through reports from the CyberTipline and missing child intakes, NCMEC has a dedicated team of analysts specialized in these vulnerable victims and engage with law enforcement on their behalf. In addition, a team located at NCMEC HQ provides real time analytical support to law enforcement recovery operations, focused on identifying and safeguarding children who are sex trafficked.

Preventing Victimization in Texas

Internet and real-world safety education is the backbone to prevention. The training staff in the Regional Office engage with schools and community groups throughout the state and endeavor to educate all children in age-appropriate ways about staying safer both on and offline. In addition, the outreach staff inform and educate child-serving professionals, law enforcement, like-minded organizations about the programs, resources and services of NCMEC so we can all work better together to protect children. The training and outreach staff also represent NCMEC on various working groups and collaboration projects on a state and local level to leverage resources on a larger scale.

Trained by NCMEC programs in 2020
Adults: 1489
Children: 637
298 registered NCMEC Connect users from Texas

Current Community Education Partner Groups:

  • AMBER Alert Network of Brazos Valley
  • Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties
  • Dallas CASA
  • Dell Children's Hospital
  • Helen's Project
  • Houston Crime Stoppers
  • Laredo Crime Stoppers
  • Southern Grit Advocacy

202 NCMEC Programs delivered by Partners in 2020

Audience Breakdown
Children 14,650
Law Enforcement and School Staff 1,419
Parents + Community Members 2,3964
Total reach 18,465

Featured Projects

Texas Criminal Justice Department Grant

Thanks to a grant from the Governor's office, the Texas Regional Office receives funding to provide specialized training on the issue and response to child sex trafficking throughout the state.

Stay tuned for more information!

 

Texas Advisory Council

NCMEC is grateful for the commitment of our Texas Advisory Council members.  In this role, these individuals serve as representatives of NCMEC's mission and programs of work in their community, furthering NCMEC's impact in cities and communities around this great state.  Thank you for your service!

Amy Diaz Brubaker is deeply committed to the mission of NCMEC, to expand awareness and protect our children. She served on the board of the Texas Women for Children, an initiative of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, as chair of the Recruitment and Engagement Committee.  While involved with NCMEC, she was also in the non-profit sector serving as the Vice President for the Keller Youth Association.

Prior to her involvement with NCMEC, her career was in community supervision where she served most recently as a Probation Officer with the Tarrant County Community Supervision and Corrections Department in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to her relocating to the Texas area, she obtained a Police Standards Council Certification in the State of Alaska with the division of Probation and Parole.  She used best practices to supervise adult felony offenders and reduce the risk of recidivism in the community.  Her interest in the criminal justice field was sparked with her engagement as a Victim’s Services Volunteer with the Round Rock Police Department.

Early in Amy’s career, she served as a professional educator for 7 years teaching multiple grade levels.  She then served as para-professional crisis counselor with Austin Travis County MHMR providing crisis intervention.

Amy received her Bachelor of Science degree in education from McPherson College. Her interests include traveling, sporting events, movies with her family and shooting at the gun range.  She has three grown children and lives with her husband in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kimberly Colonnetta has been actively engaged in various civic and charitable organizations in Dallas including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Baylor Health Care System Foundation Advisory Board, Canine Companions for Independence, Circle Ten Council - Boy Scouts of America, and Saint Michael and All Angels church.  Recently, Kimberly’s work has focused on the fight against sex trafficking.  She completed CSEC training at CASA to assist foster children affected by sex trafficking, and is active in the Project Moses program at Saint Michael’s to bring attention and resources to the scourge of human trafficking. Kimberly is a founding member of the Texas Women for Children (TWC) whose mission is to educate, engage, and empower Texas women on combating abduction and child sexual exploitation.

Kimberly is a member of Saint Michael’s and over the course of 25 years has served the congregation in roles such as Vestry, Stewardship Chairman, Child Development Chairman, Acolyte, and Lector. She currently serves on the Altar Guild.  

Kimberly spent her professional career as an attorney in Labor & Employment Law practice at Vinson & Elkins in Houston from 1987-1992, followed by a solo practice in Massachusetts. Kimberly earned her B.A. in History at Southwest State University in 1984 and her J.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1987.  She and her husband Joe reside in Dallas with their three dogs.  They have four adult children.  

Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Aurora Farthing has a BBA in Accounting from Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business.  She is a business owner, volunteer, mother, and grandmother; currently working with her husband, Vernon, managing Quarter Pence Holding, LLC since 2011. Aurora has served on numerous boards and committees over the years. She was a member of the Board of Trustees for All Saints Episcopal School from 2016-2019, currently serves on the grants committee for the Texas Women for the Arts and, two Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Advisory Boards. Aurora was also appointed to the Lubbock County General Assistance Board where she served for four years. 

Aurora is a member of the NCMEC Texas Women for Children and has volunteered for NCMEC in the Lubbock community since 2015.  She also volunteers and fundraises locally for organizations such as the Lubbock Arts Alliance, The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, and St. Benedict’s Mission where her family fed Lubbock’s homeless and food insecure for over ten years. She is very active in local and state politics, providing fundraising and entertainment for the 60th Anniversary Texas Federation of Republican Women’s 2015 Convention, serving as President and Treasurer of the Lubbock Area Republican Women from 2009-2011, and as a delegate to the Texas State Republican Convention numerous times. Aurora served three terms as Precinct 121 Chairman on the Lubbock County GOP executive committee. In April of 2019, Aurora spoke at the Advocacy and Social Justice Mini-Conference at the Texas Tech College of Education on “The Cycle of Disenfranchisement and How to Have an Impact.” 

Aurora has completed leadership training via the Leadership Texas and Leadership America Programs in 2016 and 2017.  She also served as advisor and executive support for her husband for 13 years in his work providing institutional medical services. Aurora has a passion for advocating for those who have no voice in the government decision making process and supporting them in her community.  She has three children and three grandchildren.

Marti has been with Texas Farm Bureau Insurance since 2015, as the Director of Government Relations & Compliance.  Prior to this role, she was a public affairs & government relations consultant in the private sector.   Prior to her work in the private sector, Marti worked for former Senator and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples at the Texas Department of Agriculture and as a key component of his political team before moving to the Texas Legislature where she worked in the Senate office of former Chairman Glenn Hegar, now the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Marti also has established herself as a seasoned campaign and election professional while performing various roles in numerous state and federal campaigns.  

A native of Alpine, Texas, Marti graduated from Texas A&M University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. Marti, and her husband, Anthony are proud parents of two wonderful, and wild boys.

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Nancy Rodill joined the CHRISTUS Health executive team in early 2020 as System Director of Philanthropy and Administrative Services. Previously, she served as the executive director for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), Texas Regional Office. Nancy’s career legacy of launching and growing small divisions of large organizations in New York City directly impacted NCMEC TX, helping develop a strategy for financial sustainability and creation of innovative trainings for child welfare and law enforcement. In 2019, she founded Texas Women for Children, an initiative for like-minded Texas women to engage in the fight against child sex trafficking.

Nancy received her Bachelor of Science in Communications, Master of Arts in Human Dimensions of Organizations, and McCombs School of Business Foundations Certification from the University of Texas in Austin. She also holds a leadership coach certification through the Co-Active Training Institute. Nancy currently serves on the Harry C Withers Elementary School PTA and on the NCMEC Texas Advisory Council. She was awarded the 2019 Alonti Champions of Service award and 2017 Blazing Star Award by the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

 Nancy enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Christian, and their 9-year-old daughter, Corinne. On the weekends, the trio can often be found eating and laughing with neighborhood friends, relaxing with their enormous yellow cat, Austin, or walking their very dramatic Shiba Inu, Ronin.

Sydney recently celebrated her 20-year anniversary with Rackspace Technology in July and has spent more than 17 years devoted to helping the online anti-abuse community. During her long career at Rackspace, Sydney has been passionate about implementing strong hosting provider policies against various abuses online, especially the prevention of child sexual exploitation. Sydney currently leads the Rackspace Technology Legal Administration Team where she provides oversight, training, and support on a wide range of matters including trademark and copyright enforcement, redefining best practices for online anti-abuse policies, and contract dispute negotiation and resolution.

In her personal life, Sydney is an Administrator for several Facebook community groups, each with over 10,000 members. She also serves on the board of the Lyra Lionheart Project, a local San Antonio organization assisting families in medical crisis. Although she recently stepped down as a Girl Scout Troop Leader for her oldest daughter’s troop, where Sydney had helped teach the girls online safety (among many other important topics), she remains an active participant in her younger daughter’s troop.  Sydney has been married to her husband, Chris Schneider, for 16 years and together they have two incredible daughters.  

Sydney resides in the San Antonio area and as an active community member, Girl Scout enthusiast, and dedicated mother, Sydney is excited to support and further NCMEC’s mission and outreach.

Contact

NCMEC Texas Regional Office

8668 Spicewood Springs Rd., Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78759

Phone: 512.465.2156

 

This contact information is for professional training and public education programs or for our administrative staff only.

For questions, assistance or resources related to missing or sexually exploited children cases, please call our 24/7 hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST.