National Center and International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children Announce Expansion to New York City

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Tuesday, 20 May 2003

Manhattan Affiliate Office Opens Its Doors With Support of New Advisory Board

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's (NCMEC) and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), the leading resource centers for child protection in the US and abroad, announced today the opening of a Manhattan Affiliate Office to provide a local resource for children and families in the New York City area and further build support for the organizations. The affiliate office, located on 395 Hudson Street, is supported by an Advisory Board whose members represent local community and business leaders across a wide range of industry sectors.

The Manhattan Affiliate Office was established to raise awareness of NCMEC and ICMEC's many programs and services to tri-state area parents, children and caregivers related to child abductions, molestation and sexual exploitation. Additionally, the new affiliate will look to build financial support for programs and services provided by both organizations and to ultimately implement local programs and services to benefit the tri-state community.

"NCMEC is a strong, viable national organization and ICMEC is expanding our programs and services to a global audience, but our foremost commitment is to build a far greater grassroots presence in local communities across America. Our first priority in making that happen is the City of New York. We are confident that we can touch the lives of many more children and families, and that our success will stem from the direct support of the people and organizations that represent this city," stated Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC.

"Expanding into New York City, recognized internationally as a business and cultural epicenter, was the ideal next step for our organization to build the support structure needed to extend our training, education and prevention services," commented NCMEC's Chairman Robbie Callaway, senior vice president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

"The plight of missing and exploited children goes beyond national borders. Our international neighbors are profoundly affected by the same challenges that we face here at home. The Manhattan Affiliate Office will lead the charge in building both national and international support from community leaders and businesses represented here in New York City," stated The Honorable Arnold I. Burns, chair of ICMEC's board of directors and a managing director of Natexis Bleichroeder, Inc

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

NCMEC, a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCMEC was established in 1984 as a public-private partnership to help find missing children and combat child sexual exploitation. NCMEC's CyberTipline has handled more than 120,000 leads of child sexual exploitation and has assisted local law-enforcement agencies on more than 89,000 missing child cases, helping to reunite more than 73,000 children with their families. Today, the organization reports a 94 percent recovery rate. For more information about NCMEC, call 1-800-THE-LOST

About the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

ICMEC is a private, non-governmental organization, and is headquartered in Alexandria, VA at NCMEC. ICMEC works in partnership with law enforcement and public and private sector leaders worldwide to find missing children and protect every child from victimization. For more information on ICMEC, please visit www.icmec.org.

For more information, or to contact National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, see their website at: www.missingkids.org

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