Our Mission

Every child deserves a safe childhood.

We envision a world where children can grow up safe from exploitation, sexual abuse, or risk of going missing.

Over the last two decades, ICMEC has worked in more than 120 countries, empowering the global community with the tools, training and technology to create a safer world of children.

Our Work

We power the global search for children who are missing.

We work to protect children around the world from going missing by providing resources for governments, law enforcement, NGOs, and families on prevention as well as the appropriate actions to take in the event a child does go missing.

Learn more about our work in support of missing children here.

We disrupt the economics and mechanics of child sexual exploitation.

We partner with leading technology companies and the financial industry to identify and develop new global solutions that protect children from abduction, sexual abuse, and exploitation.

We advocate for changes in laws, treaties, and systems to protect children worldwide. Through The Koons Family Institute on International Law & Policy, we conduct and commission original research into the status of child protection laws around the world. By creating replicable legal tools, promoting best practices, building international coalitions, and collaborating with partners in the field to identify and measure threats to children, we bring about change in the way children are protected around the world.

We train partners on the front lines to prevent and respond to cases of missing children, child sexual abuse, and exploitation.

We provide tools, training, and technology to governments, law enforcement, policymakers, industry, civil society, educators, healthcare professionals, and others across the globe with one goal in mind: to make the world a safer place for all children.

Click to learn more about our training programs with law enforcement, educators and healthcare workers.

We collaborate with key stakeholders.

Strong partnerships play a vital role in protecting our children, particularly as the crisis of child victimization is exacerbated by the Internet. We collaborate globally with civil society, governments, and private industry, encouraging partnerships and coordination.

 


 

Our Regional Offices

Our regional representatives allow us to make our mission truly global. Offices in Brazil and Singapore work to serve Latin American & the Caribbean (ICMEC LAC) and Asia-Pacific (ICMEC APAC) regions, allowing us to respond to local and regional needs, develop customized programs, and raise awareness of our mission areas.

 


 

Our History

In 1996, Belgium was shaken by tragedy. A man named Marc Dutroux, an unemployed electrician and father of three, had over the course of many years committed a series of kidnappings, rapes, and killings of a still-unknown number of teenage girls. Belgian Prime Minster Dehaene turned to the U.S. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for help. NCMEC’s President replied, “You do not need an American solution to this problem — you need a Belgian solution.”

With the volume of requests for assistance from abroad exceeding NCMEC’s capacity to respond, the Board of Directors authorized the creation of a new organization that would devote itself to doing globally what NCMEC was committed to doing in the United States.

A year later, members of the Board of Directors for the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) held their first meeting in 1998, and ICMEC was launched in April 1999. With each new partnership, each new initiative, we take another step toward our goal of making the world safer for children.

 

 

Give now and help us build a safer world for children.

Thank you for helping us continue to make sure those on the frontlines of child protection have the skills and resources they need to help keep children safe.