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Speech by Ernie Allen President & CEO National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

by bwardell on May 24, 2010

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For the

2010 National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC

May 25, 2010

Attorney General Holder, Assistant Attorney General Robinson, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Since last year’s Missing Children’s Day, there have been more tragedies, the names of more children etched into our hearts and minds: children like 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan of Michigan; 7-year-old Somer Thompson of Florida; 12-year-old Kayleah Wilson of Colorado; 14-year-old Amber Dubois and 17-year-old Chelsea King of California; and many others. These children and so many others remind us how much we have left to do.

But on this National Missing Children’s Day 2010, there is cause for hope as well. Jaycee Dugard was recovered after 18 years. And more missing children come home safely today than at any time in American history. More offenders who prey upon children are being brought to justice. And based on the FBI’s NCIC data, it is also clear that the number of reported missing children is actually declining.

NO… Monday MADDness today, it’s Monday GLADness for tomorrow is May 25th

Please listen to our show we recorded 2 years ago, and spend 25 minutes with us as we talk with Nancy A. McBride, National Safety Director for NCMEC about their new program called Take 25. It was created to heighten awareness about children’s safety issues. With a focus on prevention, the campaign encourages parents, guardians, and other trusted-adult role models to spend time talking to kids and teaching them ways to be safer.

May 25th Is National Missing Children’s Day, Can You Spare 25?

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Bill Wardell

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