We work to make the world safer for children by eradicating child abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation.

We advocate, train and collaborate to protect the world’s children.

For more than 15 years, ICMEC has been a leader in identifying gaps in the global community’s ability to protect children, and expertly assembling the people, resources and tools needed to fill those gaps.

Our Philosophy

One child victimized is one too many. We believe every child has a right to live without fear of abduction and free from sexual abuse and exploitation. All children deserve the chance to have safe childhoods where they are able to grow into healthy and successful adults.

Protecting our children requires a global effort. No country is immune from child abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation.

  • Every day, all around the world, children go missing. For example, more than 460,000 children in the United States are reported missing each year; 100,000 children are reported missing each year in Germany; an estimated 96,000 children go missing every year in India; and in Turkey, police search for 4,000 missing children each month.
  • 1 in 7 girls, and 1 in 25 boys, will be sexually abused in some way by age 18.

Leading Research

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. We create replicable legal tools, best practices and international coalitions to bring about change in the way children are protected around the world.

  • Currently in its 9th edition, our groundbreaking report Child Sexual Abuse Material: Model Legislation & Global Review covers 196 countries, as well as cutting-edge topics such as implementation, data retention, and online grooming.
  • Current research shows that 150 countries have enacted some part of our proposed legislation since the report was first published in 2006.
  • The Koons Family Institute hosted 21 research interns in 2018. Since the beginning of the internship program in 2009, we have hosted a total of 243 research interns, who collectively have contributed more than 55,000 volunteer research hours.

Tools and Training

We deploy instructors and technology tools to law enforcement to combat online sexual abuse and exploitation and more effectively investigate cases involving missing children.

  • To date, ICMEC has trained more than 13,000 law enforcement officers from 121 countries.

We work with industry partners and law enforcement to reduce the number of images viewed by law enforcement officers during investigations into child pornography and help speed the identification of child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.

ICMEC’s Global Training Academy also focuses on giving educators and medical professionals tools needed to combat child sexual abuse and identify exploitation.

“I will never forget the first time I learned that a child had been saved as a result of Microsoft’s work with ICMEC. There was a real person — an innocent child who was no longer subject to horrific abuse. Nothing could be more rewarding and valuable than that.”Tim Cranton, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

Fostering Global Collaboration

We work with governments, law enforcement, private industry, academia, the NGO community, and others to offer practical measures that protect children. Our work spans countries and professions, borders and expertise.

Regional Presence

Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, we have regional representation in Brazil and Singapore, allowing us to bring together an extensive network of public and private sector partners to respond to global issues with tailored, local solutions.

  • ICMEC has helped create 4 national or regional missing and exploited children’s centers around the world.

Read more about ICMEC’s programs in the 2016 Annual Report.