The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children assists in the prevention of child abduction and sexual exploitation in the United States. Established in 1984, it is a private and nonprofit organization that provides services for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered and sexually exploited children. The company offers technical assistance to individuals and law enforcement agencies in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of cases that involve missing children. In accordance with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, it also assists in cases regarding international child abduction. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provides training programs to law enforcement and social service professionals. It distributes photographs and descriptions of missing children worldwide, as well as coordinates child protection efforts with the private sector. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children maintains a location in Alexandria, Va.