2005 International Center for Missing & Exploited Children Press Release Documents

Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Pop Singer Ricky Martin, High Profile International Dignitaries Support Children’s Benefit | ICMEC | JAN 14, 2005

PALM BEACH, FL – Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan will be among the latest high profile dignitaries attending The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children’s inaugural gala fundraiser being held at The Breakers Hotel, January 29, 2005.

Pop singer sensation Ricky Martin is the event’s Goodwill Ambassador. Mr. Martin has become a leading spokesperson in the fight against child sexual exploitation, and was recently named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Also in attendance will be Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia Soemadi Djoko Moerjono Brotodiningrat, Belgian Ambassador Baron and Baroness von Daele, Yemen Ambassador Al-Hajjri, and Belize Ambassador Lisa Shoman, among others.

The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children was created in 1998 to lead the first coordinated, global response to protect children from abduction and sexual exploitation via a global network of organizations.

“We are proud and delighted to have Queen Noor, Ricky Martin and our distinguished ambassadors lend their full support to this important event,” said ICMEC Vice Board Chairman Craig Millard who is joined by his wife, Michele, to chair the event. “This is a global crisis that warrants global support.”

Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, the widow of the late King of Jordan (1935-1999), is an international humanitarian activist and an outspoken voice on issues of world peace and justice. Her Majesty was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby in 1951, to an Arab-American family distinguished for its public service. She attended schools in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York City and Concord Academy in Massachusetts, before entering Princeton University in its first co-educational freshman class. Since 1978, she has initiated, directed, and sponsored projects and activities in Jordan to address specific development needs in the areas of education, culture, women and children’s welfare, sustainable community development, environmental conservation, human rights, and conflict resolution. She has also worked closely with the United Nations and other international organizations to address global challenges in these fields.

The event’s Honorary Chairperson Dame Celia Lipton Farris shares Queens Noor’s concerns. She has been a devout and generous supporter of the ICMEC from its inception, expressing concern as a parent, grandparent and international citizen.

“Furthering the ICMEC’s ambitious efforts to halt this worldwide crisis is one of the most important causes that we can support,” said Dame Celia. “I give my full support and commitment to this extraordinary effort.”

Chairman Millard echoed her comments, adding, “Michele, and I are proud to join with Dame Celia, the event committee and countless other dedicated volunteers in helping to lead the effort in fighting these atrocities against children that exist not only globally but right here in Palm Beach County and in Florida.”

Announcements of other international dignitaries and key note celebrities supporting the mission and work of the ICMEC are forthcoming.

On January 11, an exclusive invitation-only couture dinner crafted by distinguished chef Daniel Boulud was hosted by Van Cleef & Arpels—the event’s Grand Corporate sponsor—at their Palm Beach salon for the event’s major benefactors. The evening previewed Van Cleef & Arpels’ couture collection coming to Palm Beach from Paris.

The New York-based Bob Hardwick Orchestra will provide the music.

For information about this event, or to make a donation, contact: (561) 630-9570; information@icmec.org. Tickets are $750.

 



New Advisory Board Member-Pam Portin | ICMEC | MAR 1, 2005

Joining us on our advisory board is Pamela Portin, the Director of Children’s Safety for the Microsoft Corporation. Pamela Portin serves as Co-Chair of Microsoft’s Children’s CyberSafety Council, which coordinates Microsoft’s participation with external organizations dedicated to online child safety issues, including the International Centre. As Director of Children’s Safety, she is responsible for worldwide development and implementation of children’s safety initiatives across Microsoft.

Working with Board Member, Sheila Johnson and the International Centre’s Vice President, Doug Elliott, she leads the implementation of the International Centre’s and Microsoft’s Roundtable on Children’s Online Safety. These roundtables bring together government officials, law enforcement, media, NGOs, academia, and other interested parties in promoting safe computing for children in their country and region. Roundtables have been held in Cape Town, South Africa; Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; and Bucharest, Romania.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Portin was Director of Public Affairs for US Airwaves, a wireless telecommunications company responsible for government relations, public relations, and investor relations. Ms. Portin also worked as Director of Legislative Affairs for US WEST (now Qwest) and US WEST New Vector (now a part of Verizon). Ms. Portin holds an MBA from City University in Seattle, Washington and a BA in Political Science from Montclair State University. She joins Advisory Board members, Dr. Junius Gonzales, Professor Nigel Lowe, Ms. Susan Murray de Prilick and The Rt. Hon. Sir John Stanley, MP.



International Centre For Missing & Exploited Children Launches Web Site With Computer Associates and Spanish Police to Extend Reach Of Worldwide | ICMEC | APR 29, 2005

MADRID, SPAIN – The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (International Centre) today announced a new web site that extends to Spain its global network of web sites that help find missing children. The web site, http://es.missingkids.com, was created with the cooperation of Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA), the Spanish Police, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

The Spanish site is the sixteenth addition to the International Centre’s global missing children’s network, which relies on the global availability of the Internet to aid in the efforts to find missing children. In addition to Spain, the network is composed of web sites based in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, México, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The network currently holds more than 3,500 cases of missing children, and receives an average of 520,000 visits daily from more than 200 countries.

Through a standard web browser, the Spanish Police can post the photographs and physical descriptions of missing children, along with information regarding the circumstances of their disappearance, for instant distribution to the Internet´s global audience. The Spanish web site launched with photos and data on 14 missing children cases.

CA donated software and services for the site as part of its commitment to support the global missing children’s network established by the International Centre, the global counterpart of NCMEC. CA´s software makes it possible to allow simultaneous access to information on missing children, protect case data against security threats, maintain a backup of the database information, and ensure the full-time availability of the web site.

“The addition of Spain to our global missing children’s network is another step in our international effort to bring awareness to child abduction and exploitation,” said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC and the International Centre. “This collaboration between the Spanish Police Force and Computer Associates will provide a platform for families in Spain to seek information about missing children and obtain prevention materials.”

“Computer Associates is committed to helping children around the world through technology,” said Leo Bensadón, CA´s country manager in Spain. “It is an honor for us to be an active participant in launching the Spanish missing children’s web site, which we hope will help reunite children with their families in Spain, as it has done in other countries.”

ABOUT CA

Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE:CA), one of the world’s largest management software companies, delivers software and services across operations, security, storage, life cycle and service management to optimize the performance, reliability and efficiency of enterprise IT environments. Founded in 1976, CA is headquartered in Islandia, N.Y., and serves customers in more than 140 countries. For more information, please visit http://ca.com.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN

The International Centre is the leading global service agency working to protect the world’s children from exploitation and abduction. For more information on the International Centre, please visit www.icmec.org.

ABOUT NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN

NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCMEC’s congressionally mandated CyberTipline, a reporting mechanism for child sexual exploitation, has handled more than 313,000 leads. Since its establishment in 1984, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement with more than 106,000 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 92,000 children. For more information about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST of visit its web site at www.missingkids.com. © 2005 Computer Associates International, Inc. One Computer Associates Plaza, Islandia, N.Y. 11749. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.



International Centre Training Initiative Breaks Ground In The Middle East | ICMEC | JUN 6, 2005

AMMAN, JORDAN – As the World Wide Web drapes itself across the globe, sexual predators are finding new ways to weave themselves into our homes and our children’s lives. The growing problem of online child sexual exploitation, and the demand for a law-enforcement response, has led the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (International Centre), in partnership with Microsoft and Interpol, to host a series of international training programs for law-enforcement personnel who investigate these crimes. The series continues this month in Amman, Jordan. There are 98 participating law-enforcement officers from six different countries, including Jordan, China, Italy, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia.

The Conference on Computer Facilitated Crimes Against Children, the ninth program in this series, runs from June 5 to June 8. Current and former law-enforcement officers and representatives will discuss topics ranging from investigating online child predators, collecting evidence and computer forensic information, to seeking private industry assistance in child-exploitation investigations.

These crimes transcend national boundaries and law-enforcement jurisdiction when a perpetrator targets a child in another country; therefore, as with all of the other trainings, representatives from a variety of countries will be brought together to discuss computer-facilitated crimes against children.

“Our mission is to help law enforcement investigate crimes committed against our world’s children,” Ruben Rodriguez, Director of Domestic and International Law Enforcement Affairs at the International Centre. “ The unique nature of this global problem requires government organizations, law-enforcement agencies, and private industries to form cooperative relationships in order to help protect children across borders.”

Since December 2003, the International Centre has organized events in eight other cities in every corner of the world, including Lyon, France; San Jose, Costa Rica; Brasilia, Brazil; Paarl, South Africa; Zagreb, Croatia; Hong Kong, China; Bucharest, Romania; and Madrid, Spain. The training has allowed more than 749 officers from 67 countries to interact with one another and learn more effective methods for keeping children safer.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN

The International Centre is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded to create and lead a coordinated, global response to the problems of international child abduction and child sexual exploitation. The International Centre is successfully building a global alliance of organizations and network of web sites to address these issues worldwide. For more information, please visit www.icmec.org.



The International Centre convenes Child Pornography Forum in Lyon, France | ICMEC | JUN 22, 2005

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children hosted the Child Pornography Forum: Assessing the Global Agenda to be in Lyon, France on 14 April 2005.   The International Centre hosted the first Child Pornography Forum in Dublin in 2002, where experts analyzed the issue of child pornography and created a worldwide plan of action, known as the Dublin Plan.  The International Centre adopted this plan and has since spearheaded the Global Campaign to Combat Child Pornography.   This year’s Lyon Forum explored the current state and emerging trends; assessed the progress made on the Dublin Plan; and adapted the Dublin Plan for moving forward on the issue of sexually exploitive images of children.

The Lyon Forum was comprised of discussion sessions addressing such areas as law enforcement challenges, victim impact, NGO efforts, the role of ISPs, child pornography as a commercial enterprise, and new technology.  The International Centre’s Board of Directors hosted the forum and participants included representatives from Interpol, Europol, UK’s National Crime Squad, InHope, Child Focus, ECPAT International, UNICEF, European Commission, SOS Enfants Disparus, Le Forum des Droits sur l’Internet, Oak Foundation, La Fondation Pour l’Enfance, Save the Children – Denmark, Barnardos, Council of the Baltic Sea States, Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, Microsoft, AOL – UK, Vodafone, Visa and MasterCard.  One highlight of the Forum included an address by the United Nations Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography .

After the Forum, our colleagues at Interpol hosted a reception and dinner under the glass pyramid roof of the atrium at Interpol Headquarters.



International Centre Training Initiative Breaks Ground in Russia | ICMEC | SEP 15, 2005

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – As the World Wide Web drapes itself across the globe, sexual predators are finding new ways to weave themselves into our homes and our children’s lives. The growing problem of online child sexual exploitation, and the demand for a law-enforcement response, has led the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (International Centre), in partnership with Microsoft and Interpol, to host a series of international training programs for law-enforcement personnel who investigate these crimes. The series continues this month in Moscow, Russia. There are 65 participating law-enforcement officers from eight different countries, including Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Hong Kong, China, Lithuania, Thailand and France

The Conference on Computer Facilitated Crimes Against Children, the eleventh program in this series, runs from September 19 to September 23. Current and former law-enforcement officers and representatives will discuss topics ranging from investigating online child predators, collecting evidence and computer forensic information, to seeking private industry assistance in child-exploitation investigations.

These crimes transcend national boundaries and law-enforcement jurisdiction when a perpetrator targets a child in another country; therefore, as with all of the other trainings, representatives from a variety of countries will be brought together to discuss computer-facilitated crimes against children.

“Our mission is to help law enforcement investigate crimes committed against our world’s children,” Ruben Rodriguez, Director of Domestic and International Law Enforcement Affairs at the International Centre. “The unique nature of this global problem requires government organizations, law-enforcement agencies, and private industries to form cooperative relationships in order to help protect children across borders.”

Since December 2003, the International Centre has organized events in Ten other cities in every corner of the world, including Lyon, France; San Jose, Costa Rica; Brasilia, Brazil; Paarl, South Africa; Zagreb, Croatia; Hong Kong, China; Bucharest, Romania; Madrid, Spain; Amman, Jordan; and Buenos Aires, Argentina The training has allowed more than 972 officers from 72 countries to interact with one another and learn more effective methods for keeping children safer.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN

The International Centre is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded to create and lead a coordinated, global response to the problems of international child abduction and child sexual exploitation. The International Centre is successfully building a global alliance of organizations and network of web sites to address these issues worldwide. For more information, please visit www.icmec.org.



European Leader Elected Chairman of the Board | ICMEC | NOV 4, 2005

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Baron Daniel Cardon de Lichtbuer of Belgium has been elected Chairman of the Board of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC). Cardon, recognized worldwide as a staunch advocate and leader for the protection of children, is a founder and first Chairman of Child Focus ( European Center for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children), and a founder and President of the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children.

In 1996, in the aftermath of the tragic Dutroux affair, Cardon was approached by the King Baudouin Foundation to create and become the first Chairman of Child Focus, which he built into Europe’s preeminent non-governmental organization on missing and sexually exploited children. Child Focus works in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the United States.

Last week, in Buonas, Switzerland, ICMEC, in association with Child Focus, hosted the first U.S./European Summit on Missing and Exploited Children. Representatives from 22 countries convened in an effort to develop and adopt a new, coordinated plan of action to protect children. Among the action steps are commitments to eradicate commercial child pornography by January 2008, and to create new national centers in other European countries, based on the Child Focus and NCMEC models.

Cardon, a distinguished business leader, served as President and CEO of Bank Brussels Lambert, and after his retirement in 1996, was named Honorary President. In 1992, he became the Executive President of Europa Nostra, the Federation of the European Heritage Organizations, and since 2003, serves as Honorary Executive President. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Movement and Honorary President of the European League for Economic Cooperation. He is past President of the first Belgian Commission on Corporate Governance and serves on the boards of Nationale Suisse Belgium and VP, Bank Lichtenstein.

The recipient of many honors, Cardon received Commander of the Order of the Crown ( Belgium), Officer of the Order of Leopold II, Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, ICMEC’s 2003 Global Vision Award, and in 1998, was nominated Baron by the King of Belgium.

Cardon, a member of the ICMEC board since its founding in 1998, most recently served as Vice Chairman. He succeeds the Honorable Arnold I. Burns, ICMEC’s founding Chairman and former Deputy Attorney General of the United States.

The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, sister organization of NCMEC, is a private, nonprofit 501 (c) (3) nongovernmental organization. It is the leading agency working on a global basis to combat child abduction and exploitation.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-governmental, non-profit organization working to make the world a safer place for all children by eradicating child abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation. Since its inception in 1998, ICMEC has: trained over 7,000 law enforcement officers from 122 countries; worked with governments in more than 100 countries to refine or implement laws against child pornography; increased global participation in International Missing Children’s Day, which has been commemorated in more than 20 countries across 6 continents since 2001; and created a 23-member Global Missing Children’s Network. ICMEC is headquartered in the United States, with regional representation in Brazil and Singapore. For more information go to www.icmec.org.



“October 5, 2005 U.S. Debut Screening of the Documentary Titled “Victims of Another War: The Aftermath of Parental Alienation” | ICMEC | DEC 29, 2005

On Wednesday evening, October 5, 2005 the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) hosted the U.S. debut screening of a groundbreaking documentary titled “Victims of Another War: The Aftermath of Parental Alienation.” In the documentary, three victims of parental alienation and/or international parental kidnapping convey through their own words and photographs, the psychological impact their ordeals have had on their childhoods and adult lives. The documentary was produced by ICMEC’s affiliate organization PACT, Parents & Abducted Children Together.