Since 2009, our regional office in Singapore has been working throughout the Asia-Pacific region to build cooperation and collaboration among organizations and individuals concerned with combating child abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation.
What does ICMEC Singapore do?
- We have built a voluntary Asia-Pacific Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography (APAC-FCACP) to fight online child sexual exploitation, modeled after the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography in the United States. We have done this by bringing together representatives from the financial and technology industries along with members of the law enforcement community.
- We have developed country-specific APAC-FCACP efforts in a number of countries, drawing on research done by Allen & Overy.
- We support the development and strengthening of laws, treaties and systems to protect children in the region. In doing so we champion ICMEC’s Child Pornography Model Legislation and the Child Protection Model Law.
- We build collaborative relationships with academic and research institutions in the region. This work furthers research work done with the support of The Koons Family Institute on International Law & Policy.
- We work to expand the Global Missing Children’s Network, supporting research into missing children legislation in APAC countries.
- We support training and capacity building for law enforcement agencies.
- Later this year, we will host the 7th Annual Global Missing Children’s Network Conference.
- In 2010, we hosted the region’s first expert working group on child protection, with representatives from 11 Asian countries, drawn from the ranks of government ministries, NGOs, and academic institutions. They gathered to discuss a draft of a model law focusing on the protection of children.