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Friday, July 30 2021 - 02:14
The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children Opens National Office in Sydney, Australia
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 30, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) announced 
this week the opening of a national office in Sydney, Australia. Headquartered 
in Alexandria, Virginia, with regional offices in Singapore and Brazil and 
operations across six continents, ICMEC is devoted to fighting child sexual 
exploitation and abuse and recovering missing children worldwide.

ICMEC builds on a strong record of programs in Australia, where the 
organization works with law enforcement, regulators, financial institutions, 
NGOs, and digital technology providers to raise critical awareness and 
collective response to the scourge of online child sexual exploitation.

ICMEC CEO Bob Cunningham said this is an important step in defending children. 
"With an office in Sydney, ICMEC will be positioned to develop practical, local 
solutions to strengthen national strategies to prevent, investigate, and 
prosecute sexual offenses against children in Australia and across the region."

In 2020, the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation's (ACCCE) Child 
Protection Triage Unit received more than 21,000 reports of online child sexual 
exploitation. In the past year alone, the ACCCE has intercepted and examined 
more than 250,000 child abuse material files. The Australian Federal Police 
charged a total of 191 people with 1847 alleged child abuse-related offences in 

ICMEC's Regional Representative and Managing Director of Australia Operations, 
Bindu Sharma, noted, "Our experience globally has shown that close 
collaboration and collective action can make real progress in defending 
children. We have spent many years building partnerships across sectors and now 
is the time to affirm these partnerships and step up the fight in Australia."

The Executive Chairman of ICMEC Australia will be Australian technology 
entrepreneur and investor Paul McCarney. "Paul's knowledge of technology and 
Australian regulation will be invaluable as we develop solutions to keep 
children safe from predators online and beyond," said Ms. Sharma.

About the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) is a 
non-governmental organization working to make the world a safer place for 
children by defending against child sexual exploitation, abuse, and the risk of 
going missing. Headquartered in the United States, ICMEC works with partners 
around the world to develop research, technologies, and educational resources 
to aid in the search and recovery of children who are missing, fight child 
sexual exploitation, and empower caring professionals, institutions, and 
communities to safeguard children from all forms of sexual abuse.

For more information, contact:
Jeff Swingle
ICMEC Senior Vice President of Strategic Advancement

SOURCE: Public Interest