International Missing Children’s Day | May25

On May 25th, we mark International Missing Children’s Day, a significant observance that reminds us of the critical mission to locate and reunite missing children worldwide.

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What is International Missing Children’s Day?

International Missing Children’s Day, observed globally on May 25th each year, is dedicated to drawing attention to the thousands of children who go missing around the world annually. The day aims to highlight the efforts made to find and reunite these children with their families, promote measures to protect children from abduction and exploitation and honor those who have been recovered. It serves as a unified effort to raise awareness, share knowledge, and advocate for the safety and well-being of all children.

The observance of International Missing Children’s Day began in 1983, marking the anniversary of the disappearance of six-year-old Etan Patz, who went missing on his way to school in New York City in 1979. This day was initially recognized in the United States and has since gained international acknowledgment. It symbolizes the global commitment to addressing the issue of missing children and serves as a reminder that the search continues for countless missing children worldwide.

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Below, you’ll discover a variety of resources designed to support your participation in International Missing Children’s Day 2024.

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In Europe, 250,000 children are reported missing annually – that’s equivalent to one child disappearing every two minutes

Learn more about The Smile of the Child ➡️

Learn more about Journalists for Human Rights North Macedonia ➡️

Learn more about ASTRA Serbia ➡️

Learn more about Centar za nestalu i zlostavljanu decu ➡️


Learn more about Missing Children Europe ➡️


Learn more about what our partners in Asia are doing for International Missing Children's Day

Learn more about Centre for Women and Children Studies (CWCS) ➡️

Learn more about ECPAT Indonesia ➡️

Learn more about The HUG Project ➡️

Learn more about Space 2 Grow ➡️

Learn more about Urban Light ➡️

Latin America and The Caribbean

Aprender más acerca Aulas en Paz ➡️

Aprender más acerca Fundación Renacer  ➡️

Aprender más acerca Educo ➡️

Aprender más acerca Procuraduría General de la Nación – Guatemala  ➡️

Aprender más acerca Fiscalía General de Chile ➡️

Aprender más acerca Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar ➡️

Aprender más acerca Ministerio Público de Honduras ➡️


Learn more about Missing Child Tanzania ➡️

Learn more about Centre Marocain de Recherches Polytechniques et d’Innovation- CMRPI ➡️

Learn more about Missing Children South Africa ➡️

Learn more about The Anti-Human Trafficking & Child Protection Unit (AHTCPU) – Kenya ➡️

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