Press Release

France Joins Global Missing Children’s Network

France is welcomed as the 31st country to join the Global Missing Children's Network

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children welcomes France’s Droit D’Enfance as the newest member of the Global Missing Children’s Network (GMCN). Since 1998, the GMCN has grown to span 31 countries across 4 continents, uniting the global community to find missing children. ICMEC provides members with the tools, training, and technology needed to aid in their response to missing children.

“We have to confront the reality that any child can go missing at any time. And that we all have a unique role to play in finding that child. We are thrilled to welcome France to the Global Missing Children’s Network, signaling the expanding commitment of the global community to prevent and respond to children who are missing. We look forward to working together to strengthen their response to missing children.” shares Caroline Humer, ICMEC’s Vice President of Programs. 

GMCN members have access to the world’s largest missing child alerting system, The GMCNgine™. Launched in 2019, The GMCNgine™ is an international portal which brings together facial recognition powered by Amazon Web Services with machine learning to enhance the investigation of missing children and automate the distribution of geo-targeted missing child posters. In 2020, the GMCNgine has assisted in the recovery of more than 1,000 children! ICMEC aids network members in implementing a missing child framework tailored to their country including legislative provisions, policies, rapid emergency child alerts, and more.

In January 2021, ICMEC will host its 12th annual Global Missing Children’s Network conference, virtually convening network members to discuss the latest challenges in child protection including the impact of COVID-19 on the issue of missing children.

ICMEC is headquartered in the United States with regional representation in Brazil and Singapore. Working in more than 120 countries, ICMEC identifies gaps in the international community’s ability to protect its children and bring together the people, resources, and tools needed to fill those gaps. For more than two decades, ICMEC has led the way in offering support to governments, law enforcement, prosecutors, industries, civil society, and others around the world — because we believe safeguarding children is a responsibility every one of us shares. 

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