2011 International Center for Missing & Exploited Children Press Release Documents

Kiehls + Koons extend partnership to support Childrens Causes | ICMEC | DEC 7, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lauren Rodolitz
Phone: (917) 606-9557
Email: LRodolitz@kiehls-usa.com

KIEHL’S + KOONS EXTEND PARTNERSHIP TO SUPPORT CHILDREN’S CAUSES

Jeff Koons’ Limited Edition Balloon Flower Creme de Corps Collection with 100% of Kiehl’s Net Proceeds up to $200,000 Benefitting The Koons Family Institute, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC.)

Following the success of two worldwide holiday campaigns in support of Children’s causes, Kiehl’s proudly announces its 3rd Annual Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection, in collaboration with one of the foremost internationally recognized American contemporary artists, Jeff Koons. Having already raised $400,000 through previous holiday initiatives, this year, Kiehl’s will donate $200,000 to The Koons Family Institute on International Law and Policy, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC).

With the shared vision of creating safer, sustainable and positive environments for children, Kiehl’s and Jeff Koons have partnered again on a Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection, featuring the vibrant artwork of his iconic *Balloon Flower (Yellow) from the Celebration series. 100% of Kiehl’s worldwide net proceeds, up to $200,000, will be donated to the global non-profit organization to combat child sexual exploitation and abduction.

Balloon Flower holds a special place in the hearts of many – and to Jeff Koons especially – as the sculpture has worldwide significance. Balloon Flower (Yellow) was exhibited at Jeff Koons Versailles in 2008-09 – the first time a living artist was given the distinct honor of exhibiting at the venerable French location. Balloon Flower (Red) is also proudly displayed at 7 World Trade Center in New York City.

The collection is comprised of the classic body moisturizer and a brand new offering for 2011: Limited Edition Jeff Koons Bottle Art, a scaled reference to his iconic Balloon Flower sculpture, designed to adorn the Creme de Corps bottle top.

“I believe that flowers are a symbol for perfect love, and an important expression for this charitable collaboration with Kiehl’s,” said Jeff Koons. “Partnering with Kiehl’s again to help organizations like the Koons Family Institute and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children not only helps on a worldwide scale, but it is also personally gratifying to know that our project will be able to actually do good around the world. Together we are trying to protect and nurture our children’s place in the community.”

KOONS & ICMEC
Most people know Jeff Koons for his art, but less known is that he is also the father of an abducted child, Ludwig. He has battled on two continents to get his son back, yet despite his fame and influence, his son was not able to be returned to his custody. Jeff Koons is a fervent advocate for protecting children and continues his work for ICMEC through this partnership and the foundation of The Koons Family Institute on International Law & Policy.

About Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maryland Institute College of Art; the latter from where he received his BFA. He currently lives and works in New York City. One of the foremost internationally recognized contemporary artists of our time, Jeff Koons earned renown for his iconic sculptures such as Rabbit (1986), Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988) and his public sculptures, such as the monumental floral sculpture Puppy (1992), shown at Rockefeller Center and permanently installed at the Guggenheim Bilbao.

About The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), founded in 1998 and launched by the U.S.-based National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, works to identify and coordinate a global network of organizations fighting child-sexual exploitation and abduction. The Koons Family Institute, a resource of ICMEC combats child exploitation in all its forms, including child trafficking, child pornography, and child abduction.

Through this partnership with ICMEC and Jeff Koons, the Kiehl’s donation will:

  • Convince countries to join and adhere to international conventions protecting children
  • Help meet ICMEC’s goal of putting in place national-level programs and operational centers for missing and exploited children, in every region of the globe
  • Expand ICMEC’s work into additional countries, helping to enact powerful laws against child pornography in dozens of countries.

About “Kiehl’s Gives”
Kiehl’s Gives, a philanthropic platform and digital experience at www.kiehlsgives.com, is a celebration of Kiehl’s causes, customers, and communities around the world. Since its early days, Kiehl’s Since 1851 has been committed to the betterment of the communities where it serves its patrons. To mark the company’s 160th Anniversary, in 2011 Kiehl’s established “Kiehl’s Gives” – an ongoing platform to promote philanthropy around the world. Visitwww.kiehlsgives.com today to learn more about Kiehl’s charitable efforts around the world.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 was founded as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village neighborhood. Its unique, extensive background represents a blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal, and medicinal knowledge developed and passed on through the generations.



Historic Forum on the Abuse of Childrens Rights Held in Rome. Four of the Worlds Preeminent International Organizations Launch Global Initiative | ICMEC | Nov 3, 2011 

HISTORIC FORUM ON THE ABUSE OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
HELD IN ROME

Four of the World’s Preeminent International Organizations to Launch Global Initiative to Protect Children from Abuse and Sexual Exploitation

ROME, ITALY–3 November, 2011 — An unusual and historic meeting involving four of the world’s preeminent international organizations is being held on 3 November in Rome to address the growing problem of the abuse of children’s rights.  The forum titled, “The World’s Children and the Abuse of Their Rights”, is being conducted by the US-based International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) and SOS II Telefono Azzurro Onlus, in collaboration with renowned Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù and the internationally acclaimed Mayo Clinic.  “The objective of the forum is to launch a global initiative against the continuing abuse of the rights of children, focusing on the growing phenomenon of child sexual exploitation,” said James Cannavino, Chairman of the Board of ICMEC.  “The violation of children’s rights is not just a legal or enforcement issue, it is a global public health crisis that is affecting the lives and well-being of millions of children.”

The abuse of the rights of children through child pornography, trafficking, child sexual exploitation and other abuse is a growing problem around the world.  Children are treated as commodities and are in great need of advocacy and protection.   The objective of the forum is to raise global awareness about the growing problem of the abuse of the rights of children and work with global leaders to develop a plan to address the problem on a worldwide basis.  A “Declaration of Rome”, a detailed action plan for protecting the world’s children will be released at the conclusion of the forum.

“This crisis requires new thinking, new approaches, and new global awareness,” said Ernie Allen, President & CEO of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.  “The United Nations and other regional and global organizations have enacted many important conventions, treaties, protocols and resolutions seeking to protect the world’s children.  Yet, there is abundant evidence that the rights of the world’s children are being violated on a daily basis in all parts of the globe.”

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) estimates that at least 8 million children go missing each year; that at least 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized in some way before childhood; and that at least 1.8 million children are victimized each year through commercial sexual exploitation.
The rights of children are violated in many other ways.  This is a global crisis.  The only way to end child exploitation is to create a global community of public and private sector leaders willing to take a stand against this terrible abuse of children’s rights.

“The world has to understand that this is a serious problem and look to governments and international bodies to prevent child abuse and exploitation in all its forms,” said Professor Ernesto Caffo, President of SOS II Telefono Azzurro Onlus. “Yet, government alone is not the answer. We must launch a global movement that involves business and private sector leaders to join with government in order to find and implement new approaches and effective solutions. We must speak together in a strong, loud voice, demanding change and calling upon the entire society, especially families, to act. It is crucial that young people are part of this process.”

The Italian government is serving as host for the meeting which is being held in the Senate of Italy.

“Italy is honored to host this extraordinary forum,” stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Franco Frattini.  “The abuse of the rights of children is not just an Italian issue or a European issue or an American issue, it is a global issue.  The only way to end child exploitation is to create a global community of public and private sector leaders willing to take a stand against these terrible abuses of children’s rights.”

Opening comments at the forum will be made by the President of the Italian Senate; the Minister of Justice of Italy; the Minister of Interior of Italy; the Minister of Equal Opportunity of Italy, and the President Emeritus of the Constitutional Court of Italy.  Pre-taped messages will be delivered by the President of the Republic of Italy and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

Other speakers include James Cannavino, Chairman, Board of Directors, International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children; Margarida Sousa Uva Barroso, Wife of the President of the European Commission and a member of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children Honorary Board; and Cardinal Martino, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Serving as moderators for the forum are Ernie Allen, President & CEO of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and Professor Ernesto Caffo, President of SOS II Telefono Azzurro Onlus.

Many other distinguished speakers and experts are participating in the forum including

  • Baron Daniel Cardon de Lichtbuer, founder of Child Focus in Belgium, founder of Missing Children Europe, and Chairman Emeritus, International Centre Missing & Exploited Children;
  • Dr. Stefano Vicari, Head of the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Unit of Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesu;
  • Dr. Patricia Simmons, Chair of the Mayo Clinic’s Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and Executive Medical Director of Health Policy;
  • Sir John Stanley, Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom;
  • Dr. Sharon Cooper, Forensic Pediatrician from the University of North Carolina (US);
  •  Dr. James Levine, physician, leader in the fight against child sex trafficking and author of “The Blue Notebook,”;
  • Pavel Astakhov, Commissioner of Children’s Rights for the Russian Federation;
  • Monsignor Charles Scicluna, Promoter of Justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith;
  • Roberta Angelilli, Vice President of the European Parliament; and many others.

A copy of the “Declaration of Rome”, a detailed action plan for protecting the world’s children will be available at the conclusion of the forum.

About the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children 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.  It is the sister organization of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children located in the United States.

About S.O.S. II Telefono Azzurro Onus
S.O.S. Telefono Azzurro Onus was founded in Italy in 1987 as a non-profit organization committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  It has become a reference point for children and adolescents in difficulty and living at risk.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
Catherine Cummings, ccummings@icmec.org,
(845) 729-5934 (Inside the US) or + 845-729-5934 (Outside the US)

S.O.S. Telephone Azzurro Onus
ufficio.presidenza@azzurro.it



The Declaration of Rome: A Call for Global Action to Protect the Worlds Children and Stop the Abuse of Their Rights | ICMEC | Nov 3, 2011 

A CALL FOR GLOBAL ACTION TO PROTECT THE WORLD’S CHILDREN AND STOP THE ABUSE OF THEIR RIGHTS

Rome, Italy
3 November 2011

Each child is precious.  Each child is endowed by his creator with basic human rights.  Yet, the rights of millions of children each year are abused and violated. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child spells out the rights of the world’s children in 54 articles.  Among these enumerated rights are:

  • the obligation for states to act in the best interests of the child (Article 3);
  • the responsibility to ensure that children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled (Article 4);
  • the right of survival and development (Article 6);
  • the right to family reunification (Article 10);
  • the protection against kidnapping (Article 11);
  • the right to be heard and participate (Article 12);
  • the protection against all forms of violence (Article 19);
  • the right to good quality health care (Article 24);

and of special interest and importance to the participants in this forum;

  • the right to be protected from sexual exploitation (Article 34);
  • the right to be protected from abduction, sale and trafficking (Article 35); and
  • the right to rehabilitation for child victims (Article 39).

Articles 34 and 35 are further enhanced by the Convention’s Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

Yet, in spite of this historic framework there is abundant evidence that the rights of the world’s children are being violated on a daily basis in all parts of the globe.

There are indications that with the advent of the Internet, the abuse and exploitation of children have become even greater problems. For the first time in human history, millions of people have easy, virtually anonymous access to images of the sexual abuse of children online. There is also growing evidence that organized criminals are marketing and selling children as commodities online.

Perhaps most alarming is the fact that child trafficking and child sexual exploitation have become an industry. Why would organized criminals engage in the sale and trade of children? The reasons are obvious. Children are plentiful and easily accessed; this illicit business is easy, low cost, and there is a huge consumer market for the children; it is enormously profitable; and it is low risk, far less risky than the illegal trade in drugs, weapons, tobacco, etc. Our goal must be to increase the risk and eliminate the profitability of this illicit industry. A key element in achieving this goal is to mobilize world leaders to attack the demand worldwide for sex and other illegal activity involving children.

The attendees of this forum believe that the world is facing a crisis in its efforts to preserve the rights of children and protect all children from abuse and sexual exploitation. This crisis requires new thinking, new approaches, and new global awareness.  In much of the world today there is inadequate law, inadequate awareness and knowledge, and inadequate capacity to act effectively to address this problem.

The people of the world look to governments and international bodies to enact and enforce laws, treaties, and protocols to preserve the rights of children and prevent the exploitation of children in all its forms. We look to law enforcement, prosecutors, and the judiciary to enforce such laws fairly and aggressively in order to protect the world’s children. Yet, government alone is not the answer. We must mobilize caring, concerned citizens around the world. We must awaken the public to the toll of abuse and exploitation on our most vulnerable citizens. We must speak together in a strong, loud voice, demanding change and calling upon world leaders to act.

Private corporations must join in this effort, bringing innovation and new solutions to our fight against the traffickers and exploiters. New technologies are dramatically improving the quality of life for millions of people. Yet, these same technologies present new opportunities for exploiters and those who victimize children. The same companies which develop these new technologies must be an integral part of the effort to ensure that the technologies are not misused to harm children.

The fight to protect children is one which can unify citizens in every country, every culture and every religion.  The poet Kahlil Gibran wrote, “Keep me away from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.” The attendees of this Roman Forum call upon world leaders and people everywhere to join us in a global campaign to protect the world’s children.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTION

(1) That the attendees of this Roman Forum join in a unified call for greater global awareness and action to eradicate the abuse and exploitation of the world’s children and commit to undertake a global awareness campaign.

 

(2) That a global summit be convened, involving heads of state, leaders of international bodies, business leaders and other world figures to identify new cooperative actions to eradicate the abuse and exploitation of the world’s children.

 

(3) That world leaders commit to undertake a concerted effort to dismantle the system of supply and demand that keeps the sale and marketing of children robust across the globe.

 

(4) That leaders of the world’s great religions become engaged in proactive efforts to inform and mobilize members of every faith to join in a global movement to protect the world’s children.

 

(5) That parliaments around the world examine their existing laws and enact new, improved laws to better protect children and to hold those accountable who abuse and exploit children.

 

(6) That leaders of technology companies commit to develop and implement new tools and technologies to attack the proliferation of sex abuse images on the Internet and interdict the redistribution of the images of identified child victims.

 

(7) That leaders of the financial industry, the information industry and other key industries join together in voluntary coalitions to better attack the problem of abuse and sexual exploitation.

 

(8) That the attendees of this Roman Forum urge the creation of a global initiative to improve the recognition and identification of child victims, and ensure help for the massive numbers of hidden victims of child abuse and sexual exploitation.

 

(9) That physicians and medical institutions around the world enhance training for medical professionals in recognizing the warning signs of abuse and sexual exploitation, and improve the reporting and treatment of such abuse and sexual exploitation.

 

(10) That physicians, medical institutions and social services agencies ensure that adequate and appropriate treatment and support is provided to the victims of child sexual abuse, and that steps be taken to ensure that these children are not re-victimized during or after their treatment.

 

(11) That governments and private institutions enhance resources available to psychiatric and other treatment professionals for expanded treatment and rehabilitation services for children who have been trafficked, exploited or abused.

 

(12) That mental health and criminal justice institutions implement research-based, clinically-proven treatment programs for sex abusers, and that effective systems be developed for measuring the effectiveness of such treatment in order to minimize recidivism.

 

(13) That public and private institutions place greater emphasis on the role of the family in nurturing and protecting children, and that efforts be undertaken globally to strengthen families in every nation and every culture.

 

(14) That each individual around the world recognizes a child as a human being with his or her own dignity and rights, as an individual person who has a voice which should be heard. Young people contribute to their own and other children’s safety by taking part in discussions and providing advice to policy-makers, parents and teachers.

 

(15) That national leaders commit to build national centers in their countries and cooperative regional centers in their geographic regions to focus on creating a better, more effective and coordinated response to cases of child abduction, child trafficking and sexual exploitation.

 

(16) That all governments should create a senior-level position within their government responsible for children’s rights to advise the head of state, advocate for basic changes domestically and internationally to better protect children, and to serve as the top official in the country charged with defending and protecting the rights of children.

 

(17) That law enforcement organizations expand regional and global cooperation in order to improve information sharing in investigations and increase collaborative efforts in addressing these crimes against children which cross national boundaries.

 

(18) That law enforcement institutions around the world enhance training for law enforcement officers in recognizing the warning signs of abuse and sexual exploitation.

 

(19) That training and education be provided for the world’s judiciary, ensuring that judges everywhere apply and enforce the laws regarding the violation of the basic human rights of children and the sexual exploitation of children seriously and uniformly, and further that such training emphasize that those who victimize children must be held fully accountable under the law.

 

(20) That citizens in every country be made more alert and aware regarding the abuse and sexual exploitation of children, and that they be urged to report such abuse or exploitation to appropriate authorities if they see it, know about it, or suspect it.


Two U.S. Based Childrens Organizations Join Global Effort To Eliminate Online Child Sexual Exploitation | ICMEC | Jun 24, 2011 

TWO U.S. BASED CHILDREN’S ORGANIZATIONS JOIN GLOBAL EFFORT TO ELIMINATE ONLINE CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children Expand Efforts by International Law Enforcement to Curb Problem

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—June 24, 2011.  In most households spending time on the Internet is a regular daily activity.  While the Internet enables immediate access to virtually unlimited resources for school, work and entertainment, it also poses a potential danger for children.  To help combat this growing problem, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and it sister organization, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) have joined law enforcement agencies from around the world to become private sector partners of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) to fight online child sexual abuse.

As a partner of VGT, NCMEC will provide operational support to law enforcement in each VGT country including making CyberTipline referrals available to VGT countries and will assist with victim identification in the U.S.  NCMEC will also continue to play a critical role in the U.S. by assisting VGT law enforcement agencies to identify child victims depicted in sexually abusive images.

“Online child sexual exploitation transcends national borders and requires a coordinated global response, “said Ernie Allen, President of NCMEC.  “That is why we are proud to become a partner of the VGT alliance, and commit our energy and support to these global law enforcement leaders.”

The VGT has three primary objectives:

  • To make the Internet a safer place;
  • To identify, locate and help children at risk;
  • To prosecute perpetrators of child sexual exploitation crimes.

 

Chair of the VGT, Neil Gaughan, said “The VGT recognizes that the fight against online child sexual exploitation can not be undertaken by law enforcement alone.”

The Virtual Global Taskforce was created in 2003 as a response to lessons learned from global investigations into online child sexual abuse.  The VGT provides an important network for the international law enforcement community.  Other members of the VGT include the Australian Federal Police, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the UK; the Italian Postal and Communication Police Service; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; the US Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; INTERPOL; the Ministry of Interior for the United Arab Emirates, the New Zealand Police and Europol.

The VGT also provides information and support to adults and children on how to stay safe online which can be found at www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Since it was established by Congress in 1984, the organization has operated the toll-free 24-hour national missing children’s hotline which has handled more than 3,372,730 calls.  It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 163,330 children.  The organization’s CyberTipline has handled more than 1,116,860 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 50,852,620 pornography images and videos.  The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  To learn more about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its web site at www.missingkids.com.

About the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children 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. It is the sister organization of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children located in the United States.



George Bickerstaff on Business and Philanthropy | ICMEC | May 30, 2011

George Bickerstaff, a member of ICMEC’s Board of Directors, was interviewed by ABC News about business and philanthropy, as well as ICMEC’s work with Microsoft and The Global Leaders.

Bickerstaff Interview



Long Endurance Runner Hopes to Raise USD 50,000 To Fight Child Pornography During 7 Day Foot Race Across Taiwan | ICMEC | Mar 22, 2011

LONE ENDURANCE RUNNER HOPES TO RAISE USD50,000 TO FIGHT CHILD PORNOGRAPHY DURING 7 DAY FOOT RACE ACROSS TAIWAN

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children Board Member Mike DeNoma Plans to Run 400km from Kaohsiung to Taipei as a Part of China’s Silk Road Run

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—March 22, 2011. To fight the global problem of online child pornography one man is running the entire length of the Taiwan Island in an effort to raise money for the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC). Mike DeNoma is a member of the board of directors of ICMEC and is an experienced long-distance and endurance runner. However this will be the longest run he has attempted.

He began his foot race on March 22, 2011 from Kaohslung, China a city located on the southwestern coast of Taiwan. He won’t stop until seven days later on March 28 when he reaches Taipei, the capital city of the Republic of China and the largest metropolitan area in Taiwan located at the northern tip of the island.

DeNoma, a 54-year old father of six is calling his race Protect the Children 400km Ultra-Marathon as a part the famed Silk Road Run which renowned ultra endurance runner Kevin Lin will also be participating in. As a part of the foot race DeNoma will have to endure miles of rocky riverbeds and desert. Each day he will also battle to stay hydrated and care for blistered feet.

This is just one of the events which DeNoma has participated in to raise money and awareness for ICMEC. In 2006 he participated in the Marathon des Sables, an endurance race across the Sahara Desert and he rode in the Furnace 508, a bicycle race across Death Valley, the hottest place in the world.

Anyone wanting to support DeNoma in his Protect the Children 400km Ultra-Marathon in China can make a donation or visit his blog entries for the next seven days by visiting www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/mikedenoma.

About the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children 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. It is the sister organization of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children located in the United States.