Report Violations

How to Report Violations of:

Child Custody and Visitation

Child Pornography

Child Sexual Abuse

Child Support Enforcement

Extraterritorial Sexual Exploitation of Children

International Parental Kidnapping

Obscenity

Prostitution of Children

Sex Offender Registration

Child Custody and Visitation

  • With the exception of international parental kidnapping, child custody and visitation matters are generally handled by local and state authorities, and not by the federal government.
  • To report a child custody or visitation issue, contact your local or state law enforcement agency.
  • For information on how to report an international parental kidnapping, click here.

Child Pornography

  • To report an incident involving the possession, distribution, receipt, or production of child pornography, file a report on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)'s website at www.cybertipline.com, or call 1-800-843-5678. Your report will be forwarded to a law enforcement agency for investigation and action.
  • You may also wish to report the incident to federal, state, or local law enforcement personnel.

Child Sexual Abuse

  • Child sexual abuse matters are generally handled by local and state authorities, and not by the federal government.
  • To report a child sexual abuse issue, contact your local or state law enforcement agency.

Child Support Enforcement

  • Child support enforcement matters are generally handled by local and state authorities, and not by the federal government. To report a child support enforcement issue, contact your local or state law enforcement agency. Upon referral from local or state agencies, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Inspector General (HHS/OIG) may investigate certain child support cases. Visit the HHS/OIG website at https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/child-support-enforcement/ for more information.
  • You may also wish to contact your local "Title IV-D" agency, which is required by federal law to provide child support enforcement services to anyone who requests such services. To locate your local “Title IV-D" agency visit the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Support Enforcement's website at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/.

Extraterritorial Sexual Exploitation of Children

  • To report an incident or suspicious situation that may involve the extraterritorial sexual exploitation of children, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-3737-888, or file a confidential online report at http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/national-human-trafficking-hotline/report-a-tip. Your report will be forwarded to a law enforcement agency for investigation and action.
  • You can also report an incident or suspicious situation to Immigration and Customs Enforcement/ Homeland Security Investigations (ICE) by calling the ICE hotline at 1-866-347-2423, or emailing ICE at predator@DHS.gov.

International Parental Kidnapping

  • To report an international parental kidnapping situation, contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Children's Issues. This office coordinates efforts to seek the return of children abducted by their parents to foreign countries. Call the office at (202) 312-9700, or visit their website at http://travel.state.gov/abduction/country/country_3781.html.
  • You can also file a missing child report with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) by calling 1-800-The-Lost (1-800-843-5678).
  • You may also wish to report the incident to federal, state, or local law enforcement personnel.

Obscenity

  • To report obscene material sent to a child, a misleading domain name or misleading words or images on the Internet, file a report on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)'s website at www.cybertipline.com, or call 1-800-843-5678. Your report will be forwarded to a law enforcement agency for investigation and action.
  • To report obscene or indecent material broadcast over the radio or television, contact the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), which regulates radio and television broadcasting. You can report a complaint by calling the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322), faxing 1-866-418-0232, submitting online at http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/oip/Compl.html/, or writing to the FCC at:
              Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
              Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
              445 12th St., SW
              Washington, DC 20554
  • To report obscene material sent through the United States Postal Inspector Service (USPIS), contact your local post office or file a complaint on the U.S Postal Services website at https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/contactUs/filecomplaint.aspx.
  • To report individuals engaged in fraudulent or unfair trade practices involving unsolicited emails, porn-spam, media violence, or identity theft, contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and file a online consumer complain form at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
  • You may also wish to report the incident to federal, state, or local law enforcement personnel.

Prostitution of Children

  • To report an incident or suspicious situation that may involve the prostitution of children, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-3737-888, or file a confidential online report at http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/national-human-trafficking-hotline/report-a-tip. Your report will be forwarded to a law enforcement agency for investigation and action.
  • To report an incident involving the sexual exploitation of children, file a report on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)'s website at www.cybertipline.com, or call 1-800-843-5678. Your report will be forwarded to a law enforcement agency for investigation and action.
  • You may also wish to report the incident to federal, state, or local law enforcement personnel.

Sex Offender Registration

  • To report a non-compliant or unregistered sex offender, contact the United States Marshals Service (USMS) National Sex Offender Targeting Center (NSOTC) at Iod.nsotc@usdoj.gov.
  • A non-compliant or unregistered sex offender in violation of state registration law is not necessarily in violation of the federal registration law (18 U.S.C. Sec. 2250) enforced by the USMS. You may also wish to report these persons to local and state law enforcement personnel. For a list of all state sex offender registries, click here.
Updated July 7, 2017

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