ALEXANDRIA, VA – The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) today announced it has received a $90,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety and Security Institute which is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Inc.
The grant will enable ICMEC to conduct training and provide technical assistance to first-responders and other law enforcement in Central America. The training will include investigative techniques for missing children and abduction cases and information on how to create and implement an AMBER Alert program among other things. Central America is an important region due to the high migration to the U.S. as well as the rise of human trafficking from South America through Central America to the U.S. Training will be provided to law enforcement at no cost.
The grant will also be used by ICMEC to host a major international conference in England in 2013 to address the global problem of missing children. The conference will coincide with the annual meeting of ICMEC’s Global Missing Children’s Network which was created in 1998 to share best practices, information and strategies on missing children on a global basis. Membership in the network includes 22 countries including Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Child abduction is a global problem. At least 8 million children go missing each year yet most countries lack systems to assist and many do not even count those who go missing. An estimated 800,000 children were reported missing in the United States; 230,000 children were reported missing in the United Kingdom from 2009 to 2010; 100,000 in Germany; 50,000 in Canada; 45,000 in Mexico; 40,000 in Brazil; 39,000 in France; and 20,000 in Spain.
“Through ICMEC’s Global Missing Children’s Network we are building a global response to missing and abducted child cases which was expanded in 2012 to include Belarus, Poland and Russia,” said Ernie Allen, President and CEO of ICMEC. “We are deeply grateful to Motorola for its partnership and support which will enable us to further expand the network, bring new training and technical assistance to more law enforcement in 2013 and move us closer to a truly global approach to the problem of child abduction.”
The Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety Grants aim to support safety education and training programs for first responders, their families and the general public in the United States and Canada.
“Motorola Solutions is dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter,” said Matt Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “Motorola Solutions Foundation aligns itself with this mission by supporting programs like the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children that train people how to respond to public safety issues. We are proud to see these valuable programs make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work around the world.”
Through the Public Safety and Security Institute, the Motorola Solutions Foundation serves as an investor, convener and supporter of issues that affect the public safety of communities worldwide, providing leadership in the sector to drive innovation and grow and engage the network of those interested in these issues.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation provides grants around the world with an emphasis on programming in communities where Motorola Solutions has a significant presence. For 84 years, Motorola has worked side-by-side with law enforcement to develop the solutions that support its mission. Since 2007, the foundation has provided over $25M in grants to public safety organizations in the U.S and Canada.