The Smile of the
invite you to
an event that it is hosting to commemorate the
International Day for
The event will take place on Tuesday May 25, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the
Exhibition Hall of the Metro Station “Constitution Square” (Εκθεσιακή
The event’s purpose is not only to celebrate the children that have been found
safely but to also remember the missing children and give them and their
families the message that we have not forgotten them and that together we will
help them find their way home.
This year the May
event will combine the European and international activities of our two partners,
Children Europe (MCE) (www.missingchildren.eu)
and the Global Missing Children’s Network (www.missingkids.com).
MCE has 23 members in 16 EU countries that along with the 8 international
partners from the Global Missing Children’s Network (GMCN) will hold activities,
raise awareness and join together to pass the message that “together we can help
them find their way home”. The GMCN is part of the International Centre for
Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) which is based in Washington D.C. The
Smile of the Child is on the Board of Directors of both MCE and ICMEC and runs
the Greek Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, providing assistance and
support to children, their families and law enforcement in cases of missing
This year the focus
of the international campaign for May 25th will be parental
abductions which are alarmingly increasing. As the borders around us fall and
the planet becomes a global village, children are abducted and increasingly
taken across national borders. The result increases the trauma for all
involved- the child who is not only denied the comfort and support of his/her
family, friends, school and environment but also faces a language and culture
shock; but also the left behind parent, family, friends and law enforcement.
Day celebrates the children that have found their way home, commemorates the
children that have fallen victims of crime and provides hope to the families of
children that are still missing.
Members of the Global
Missing Children’s Network are:
Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Irelands, Italy, Mexico, the
Netherlands, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and
the United States.
Many of the MCE
members are also member of GMCN and like The Smile of the Child will combine the
two organisations’ activities. MCE member states include: Austria, Belgium,
Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy,
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
During the day’s
the television spot
created by the Australian Federal Police will be broadcast. As well, the public
will have the opportunity to write messages and release virtual balloons from
the site created especially for this day:
Data on missing children in Greece collected by both The Smile of the Child and
the Greek National Police will be released that day. During the event there
will also be a presentation on AMBER Alert Hellas and the new ECAAS (European
Child Alert Automated System) to the participating agencies and bodies.
Following the event, balloons with the faces of missing children from around the
world will be released in Constitution Square. The same balloons will be
released in the other participating countries.
commemorate the event in Europe, Sir Francis Jacobs, President of MCE and Ms.
Margarida Barosso, will open the Brussels Stock Exchange and hold a press
conference. As well, a field of solar dancing forget-me-nots will be exhibited
at the European Commission Berlayont building. Commissioner Reding and other
European parliamentarians will be wearing the “forget-me-not” flower in support
of the event.
event will also be used to kick-off
a 3 day meeting between Greek and French law enforcement, prosecutors, judges,
NGO’s and other stakeholders in order
information, knowledge and best practices on combating trafficking in human
beings, especially children. Equally significant, the Conference will provide
the opportunity to build a relationship of trust between the various agencies
and professions and strengthen the network that exists in combating human
Please come join us
on Tuesday May 25, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Exhibition Hall of the Metro
Station “Constitution Square”.
We hope that
presence we can spread a
missing children and their families in Greece and around the world. Together we
will find them.
information please visit our site at
Help us bring our
Maggie Lazaridis B.A. LL.B.
of the Board of Directors Greek Centre for Missing