As organizations in Kansas and nationwide mark National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Friday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will be participating in his first meeting as a member of an advisory council for a national organization focused on finding missing children and reducing child exploitation.

Schmidt, as immediate past president of the National Association of Attorneys General, is serving as a member of the Law Enforcement Advisory Council for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

This week he is participating in his first meeting in that role at the new NCMEC headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

"NCMEC is a valued and respected national organization in the fight against all forms of child exploitation, including human trafficking," Schmidt said. "It is an honor to serve as a member of the law enforcement advisory council. I look forward to learning more about how we can strengthen our work with NCMEC to continue Kansas efforts to reduce exploitation of children."

Among NCMEC’s programs is the maintenance of the online database of missing children, available at www.missingkids.org.

NCMEC also has been designated by the U.S. Department of Justice as the manager of the Amber Alert Secondary Distribution Program, which re-distributes Amber Alerts issued by law enforcement agencies, including the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, to appropriate secondary distributors.

More information on the attorney general’s efforts to combat human trafficking in Kansas is available at www.ag.ks.gov/human-trafficking.