International Missing Children's Day

International Missing Children's Day is an international day celebrated on May 25th, the same day as the United States' National Missing Children's Day designated by Ronald Reagan in 1983.

International Missing Children's Day
DateMay 25th
Next time25 May 2023 (2023-05-25)


Launched in 1998 as a joint venture of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) and the US's National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Global Missing Children's Network (GMCN) is a network of countries that connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and images of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations.[1][2][3] The Network has 29 member countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.[3]

Every year on May 25, GMCN members pay respects to International Missing Children's Day, honoring missing and abducted children while celebrating those who have been recovered.[4] Following the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City, May 25 was established as Missing Children's Day in the US by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.[5][6]

In 2001, the tribute spread worldwide.[7][8] ICMEC coordinates the Help Bring Them Home Campaign in 29 countries, in conjunction with International Missing Children's Day, to spotlight the issue of child abduction around the world, and to suggest to parents some steps they can take to protect their children.[9][10][11][12][13]

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  1. ^ "Global Missing Children's Network". NCMEC. Archived from the original on 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  2. ^ EC-Council (2009). Computer Forensics: Investigating Network Intrusions and Cyber Crime. Cengage Learning. pp. 11–26, 11–31 to 11–33. ISBN 978-1435483521.
  3. ^ a b "Global Missing Children's Network".
  4. ^ Gareth O'Connor (May 25, 2014). "International Missing Childrens Day". Today FM.
  5. ^ "May 25 – International Missing Children's Day" Archived 2020-10-20 at the Wayback Machine, Help Bring Them Home
  6. ^ "National Missing Children's Day", Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  7. ^ "International Missing Childrens Day May 25, 2014", An Garda Síochána, May 25, 2014
  8. ^ "Missing Children's Day passes unnoticed". The News International, Pakistan. May 26, 2010. Archived from the original on December 9, 2014.
  9. ^ "Missing Persons: International Missing Children's Day: May 25". Australian Federal Police. Archived from the original on 2014-12-06.
  10. ^ Jack Quann (May 25, 2014). "Today marks International Missing Children's Day; It is estimated 8 million children are reported missing each year". newstalk.
  11. ^ "In 2012, 311 children went missing in Greece". GR Reporter. May 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "Missing Children Day May 25, 2011", Youtube (video), DontYouForgetAboutMe
  13. ^ " Countries around the world honor International Missing Children's Day on May 25" Archived 2014-12-14 at the Wayback Machine, ICMEC

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