Uber Launches Partnership with National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
At Uber, we’re always looking for new ways to get involved in our communities and do our part in times of emergency. That’s why we are pleased to launch an official partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). We began working with NCMEC last year to help redistribute AMBER Alerts to our driver-partners when they are in the area of an active alert.
But we knew there was more that could be done. Which is why we are excited to share that we are expanding our work with NCMEC. Starting today, Uber will donate rides, in partnership with NCMEC’s reunification program, to help children who have been located reunite with their families. This program, which also partners with companies like Amtrak, American Airlines, and Greyhound, assists families who need support to quickly and easily reconnect with one another.
Further expanding on our partnership, Uber will provide NCMEC with tips and resources to help law enforcement use Uber’s technology in cases involving missing or exploited children.
“Uber has an incredible reach in communities across the country,” said John F. Clark, NCMEC president and CEO. “We’re grateful for this opportunity to partner with them and leverage that reach to help missing children and their families.”
“We are pleased to be joining NCMEC’s reunification effort to help reunite families. Working alongside some great transportation companies, we are very proud of the small role we can play in helping these children get an Uber ride home.” Niki Christoff, Head of Federal Affairs
We will continue to look for opportunities where we can utilize Uber’s technology to positively impact the cities we are proud to serve. After all, cities are safer when everyone in the community does their part to support each other.
More About NCMEC
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. Authorized by Congress to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on these issues, NCMEC operates a hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), and has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 218,000 children. NCMEC also operates the CyberTipline, a mechanism for reporting child pornography, child sex trafficking and other forms of child sexual exploitation. Since it was created in 1998, more than 10 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been received, and more than 158 million suspected child pornography images have been reviewed. NCMEC works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, visit www.missingkids.org. Follow NCMEC on Twitter and like NCMEC on Facebook.