What SureID is doing to help prevent child abductions
According to a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, approximately 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States.
Ernie Allen, the former president of NCMEC has made it his life’s mission to combat child abductions. By being a board member at SureID, Allen has helped us build identity assurance technologies that could save children’s lives.
“There are still thousands of children who do not make it home each year and more who fall victim to sexual exploitation,” Allen said to the Washington Post. “Every child deserves a safe childhood. A lot more needs to be done.”
How NCMEC got started
More than 20 years ago, Allen encountered horrifying stories of child abductions daily as a public service worker in Kentucky. After hearing far too many stories about child sexual exploitation, abductions, and murders, he spoke with the Federal Justice Department and urged them to create a national strategy against missing children.
The department heard his plea, but it didn’t gain traction until Allen met John and Reve Walsh in 1981. The Walshes became leading advocates against child abductions after their son, Adam was abducted and murdered. After their meeting, Allen and the Walshes founded the NCMEC.
From the beginning, NCMEC made great strides in protecting children.
“In 1984, police could enter information about stolen cars, stolen guns and even stolen horses into the FBI’s national crime computer, but not stolen children,” Allen said. “That is not the case today [because of NCMEC]. More missing children come home safely today, and more is being done today to protect children than any time in the nation’s history.”
After building the NCMEC for more than 20 years, Allen came to SureID to help produce technologies that prevent children from going missing in the first place.
SureID’s technologies help protect children
Allen and the rest of the SureID team have developed fingerprinting services for individuals and identity verification tools that ensure that any coaches, teachers, or volunteers who are certified through our systems have clean background checks and are safe for your children to be around.
“… Technology play(s) a key role in revolutionizing the way America searches for missing children,” Allen said. “The partnership that we have built with the technology industry has enabled [organizations such as] NCMEC to obtain and use cutting-edge technology to address problems as well as anticipate problems before they emerge.”