Thursday, May 28, 2015

Humphrey Fellow Molitas at International Center for Missing & Exploited Children (Wash DC)

Philippines
Fulbright Humphrey Fellow 2014-2015

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

University of Minnesota



“The International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) works to make the world safer for children by eradicating child abduction, sexual abuse, and exploitation through advocacy, training, and collaboration.”

This is the mission statement of the ICMEC where I currently undertake my professional affiliation.  The ICMEC was officially launched in 1999. It empowers and equips global partners - in government, academia, law enforcement, private industry and the NGO community - to make the world a safer place for children.

ICMEC's work brings promise to children and families around the world by:
·       Establishing global resources to find missing children and prevent child sexual exploitation;
·       Promoting the creation of operational centers worldwide based on a public-private partnership model;
·       Building an international network to disseminate images of and information about missing and exploited children;
·       Providing training to law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, legal professionals, nongovernmental organizations, and government officials;
·       Advocating and proposing changes in laws, treaties, and systems to protect children worldwide;
·       Leading a global financial coalition to eradicate commercial child pornography from the Internet; and
·       Conducting international expert conferences to build awareness, and to encourage and increase cooperation and collaboration between and among countries.

While with the ICMEC, I am working with the Director of Law Enforcement Training and Technology on a 3-days onsite training design. This training will cover topics on the global perspective on computer facilitated crimes against children, online investigations and social networking sites and understanding the offender. We are reviewing the design to ensure that ICMEC will provide the most beneficial information and tools for members of Philippine National Police.

The last training conducted by the ICMEC in my country was in 2009, this year it will be on September.

I am very excited of this effort! Why? The ICMEC supports my personal advocacy of protecting children and the beneficiary of the training is the organization where I belong in the Philippines, the Philippine National Police.



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