Launched in 1998, the Global Missing Children’s Network (GMCN) is a collaborative venture bringing together 31 member countries on 5 continents to help recover missing and abducted children.
The GMCN brings together like-minded professionals working in the field of child protection and offers them access to a network of specialists and international experts with a goal of uniting the global community to find missing children.
The GMCN has one goal: to unite and mobilize the global community to find missing children.
How does the GMCN accomplish this goal?
- GMCN members coordinate and build awareness among local, regional and global communities on the issue of missing children. Issue-specific information is made available to the public at large through the GMCN website.
- GMCN members actively collaborate and share experiences, best practices, tools, research and trends related to missing children and child abduction. The GMCN offers members access to other professionals working in the field and international experts working on the issues. GMCN members assist each other with developing, improving, implementing, and adapting best practices, such as Rapid Emergency Child Alert Systems.
- Once a year, members have the opportunity to meet in person at the Annual GMCN Conference to discuss ways to strengthen the response to missing and abducted children. For the last six years, the Annual GMCN Conference has been made possible through funding from the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
- GMCN members have access to a free, multi-lingual platform The GMCNgineTM** in which they can upload information about and photographs of missing and abducted children. Access to the platform provides members with the artificial intelligence to generate leads for the whereabouts of missing and abducted children. Additionally, the members can rapidly geo-target distribution of missing children posters.
- GMCN members, and others, join with us to commemorate 25 May –International Missing Children’s Day each year, to remember children who have gone missing and those who have been found.
What countries are represented in the GMCN?
Albania, Argentina*, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada*, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy*, Jamaica*, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan (Province of China), the United Kingdom*, and the United States.
Those countries marked with a * are home to two GMCN representatives.
** The GMCNgine uses facial recognition for images of children to help in the recovery and identification of missing children and does not include analysis of images related to adults suspected of criminal activity. The platform is not used within the public domain.