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ICMEC Celebrates the Future of Child Protection at their Fifth Annual Gala

ICMEC Celebrates the Future of Child Protection at their Fifth Annual Gala

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 2: ICMEC Board attends ICMEC Gala for Child Protection at Gotham Hall on May 2, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/PMC) *** Local Caption *** ICMEC Board

The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children’s Gala inspired partners and funders who share the collective purpose of eradicating child sexual abuse/exploitation and finding missing children. Peter Alexander, co-host of NBC’s Weekend TODAY, energized a crowd of 300+, who learned more about the technology enabled solutions leading to the most significant outcomes in child protection – to make sure no child stands alone.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 2: Raina Seitel, Connie Kristine and Jacqui Stafford attend ICMEC Gala for Child Protection at Gotham Hall on May 2, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Raina Seitel;Connie Kristine;Jacqui Stafford

Hill Harper, Actor and Activist starring in the #1 hit television drama The Good Doctor on ABC, presented the Global Impact for Child Protection Award to Amazon Web Services. Bringing the Amazon Rekognition API to the International Centre’s GMCNgineTM, a platform tirelessly searching the clear and dark web for missing child case matches, has revolutionized the way we search for missing children around the world. Harper spoke about the importance of granting each child the same search effort no matter the resources of each country. “This tool makes us stronger and more capable to do what we need to do – find missing children,” said Harper.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 2: Daniel Dammann, Beth Kroman, Tami Longaberger and Kurt Scherer attend ICMEC Gala for Child Protection at Gotham Hall on May 2, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Daniel Dammann;Beth Kroman;Tami Longaberger;Kurt Scherer

Jason Bier, President of the Federation for Internet Alerts (FIA) accepted the Humanitarian Award for their contribution to the GMCNgine as well. FIA’s partnership allows the International Centre to bring internet alerting systems to 29 countries, creating the largest emergency alert system in the world.

 

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 2: Nate Shapiro, Lisa Shapiro, Zoe Shapiro and Paul Shapiro attend ICMEC Gala for Child Protection at Gotham Hall on May 2, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Nate Shapiro;Lisa Shapiro;Zoe Shapiro;Paul Shapiro
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 2: Alicia Kozakiewicz attends ICMEC Gala for Child Protection at Gotham Hall on May 2, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Alicia Kozakiewicz

Olympic Swimmer and Survivor, Margaret Hoelzer presented the final award to the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. They selected the International Centre and Child Helpline International as grantee partners to develop and implement a model response system to help victims of online child sexual abuse and exploitation in five targeted countries. Margaret recalled that rescue is just the beginning of a long road to recovery. “This award is meaningful to me because my family and I were enveloped in care when we went to the police,” said Hoelzer. “Every child should have access to this kind of care.”

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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 2: Paola Taglietti and Marco Taglietti attend ICMEC Gala for Child Protection at Gotham Hall on May 2, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Paola Taglietti;Marco Taglietti
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 2: Kim Galeota, Jay Galeota and Sally Paull attend ICMEC Gala for Child Protection at Gotham Hall on May 2, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Kim Galeota;Jay Galeota;Sally Paull

Perhaps the most impressive force leading the International Centre into the future is the new CEO, Paul Shapiro. He has dedicated his career to organizational transformation in the “for profit” sector and more than 15 years to building and improving non-profit organizations. Mr. Shapiro joins the International Centre to unite the world in the shared commitment to eradicate this epidemic facing our children. Dr. Franz Humer, Chairman of the Board, welcomed Shapiro and all of the guests noting, “Paul’s leadership and partnerships with giants in their respective fields is a critical endorsement of ICMEC’s ability to shape how the world views child safety and to deliver responsible, sophisticated solutions.”  Mr. Shapiro commented on the partners as the real hero’s when it comes to child protection around the globe, “If you want to go fast, you go alone but if you want to go far, you go together. The first 20 years have been successful because of our extraordinary partners and the next 20 will be no different.”

 

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