FBI, This Week: Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Teams


June 27, 2019

When a child goes missing, every minute counts. In the most urgent child abductions, the FBI deploys its Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team, or CARD Team.


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Mollie Halpern: When a child goes missing, every minute counts.

Leonard Carollo: If a child is missing, if you are fearful that a child is in any kind of danger, call 911—call law enforcement immediately.

Halpern: That was Leonard Carollo, the chief of the FBI’s Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking Unit, who says the FBI encounters several types of missing children cases.

The highest-priority cases are abductions by non-family members.

Carollo: We typically drop everything, especially if the child is of tender years, meaning 12 years or younger. And we will do everything in our power to help local law enforcement recover that child.

Halpern: In the most urgent child abductions, the FBI deploys its Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team, or CARD Team.

Carollo: There are techniques and investigative strategies that CARD has employed in previous cases that they can bring to bear and will be used to help put that case to bed and hopefully, at the end of the day, recover that child.

Halpern: CARD Team agents are located across the country—with an agent in nearly every one of the FBI’s 56 field offices.

Carollo: These are highly experienced agents who have worked child abductions. They are highly trained. And they're able to go and help a field office or a local or state agency. They go in as the subject matter experts. They are there for consultation. They're there to provide guidance and any kind of information requested.

Halpern: Help us bring a child home. To see if you recognize any of the missing people in our cases, visit fbi.gov. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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