Press Release

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children Lauds The Smile of the Child

ATHENS, GREECE – The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, (ICMEC), a non-profit organization working to empower and equip global partners to protect children from abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation, concluded its Board meeting in Athens with a special acknowledgment of the work being done by its partner organization in Greece, The Smile of the Child. ICMEC’s Chairman, Dr. Franz Humer noted that:

“The unprecedented refugee crisis at Europe’s southern borders and the ongoing economic crisis in Greece itself has had a devastating impact on the well-being of the children involved. The Smile of the Child is working to ensure the continuance of its nationwide services to families and children in need in Greece as well as the protection of refugee and migrant children, unaccompanied minors and trafficked children through its services in health, direct intervention and welfare. ICMEC is proud of its friendship and partnership with The Smile of the Child and lauds its extraordinary work during challenging times.”



The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-governmental, non-profit organization working to make the world a safer place for all children by eradicating child abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation. Since its inception in 1998, ICMEC has: trained over 7,500 law enforcement officers from 122 countries; worked with governments in more than 100 countries to refine or implement laws against child pornography; increased global participation in International Missing Children's Day, which has been commemorated in more than 20 countries across 6 continents since 2001; and created a 24-member Global Missing Children's Network. ICMEC is headquartered in the United States, with regional representation in Brazil and Singapore. For more information go to