The alleged abduction of Madeleine McCann is garnering worldwide attention. Earlier this year the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) held a conference in France. The keynote speaker was Ernie Allen, the President and CEO of both organizations. The goal was to brief queens and first ladies from eight nations on the issue of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children.
“In a civilized society, if our children are not safe, then nothing else matters,” stated Allen. “These are among the most powerful, influential and respected women in the world. I am confident that their message today will mobilize many nations to take swift action to eradicate these insidious acts against children.”
What has been accomplished since the conference hasn’t been the topic of much discussion in the U.S. press. Whether it was in Europe I don’t know the answer. If the attention given to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann doesn’t bring the issue to the forefront, it is doubtful any additional conferences will.
CEO OF LEADING CHILDRENS ORGANIZATION BRIEFS QUEENS AND FIRST LADIES IN PARIS ON MISSING AND SEXUALLY EXPLOITED CHILDREN
Madame Chirac Makes Historic Appeal to End Global Child Exploitation
Alexandria, VA and Paris, France – January 17, 2007 –Ernie Allen, the President and CEO of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), based in Alexandria, Virginia, today briefed queens and first ladies from eight nations on the issue of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children. The meeting was hosted by First Lady of the Republic of France, Bernadette Chirac, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, and was attended by Laura Bush, the First Lady of the United States; Queen Silvia of Sweden; Queen Paola of Belgium; Lyudmila Putin, the First Lady of Russia; Suzanne Mubarak, the First Lady of Egypt; Jolanta Kwasniewska, the former First Lady of Poland; Margarida Sousa Uva Barroso, the wife of the President of the European Commission and former First Lady of Portugal; and Valentina Matvienko, the former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and current Governor of St. Petersburg. Allen’s briefing took place during a meeting of the organization’s Honorary Board of Directors.
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