National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Dedicates The Charles B. Wang International Children's Building.
Issue: Sept 8, 1999
Computer Associates' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charles B. Wang
Dedicates New State-of-the-Art World Headquarters
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) dedicated its new headquarters building at 699 Prince Street in Alexandria, Va. The new headquarters project was made possible by a donation of more than $5 million in funding and technology from Mr. Charles B. Wang, chairman and chief executive officer of Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA).
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"As we gather to dedicate the Center's new home, we honor Mr. Wang and CA for their continuing commitment to the critical work that will be done within the building that now bears his name," said Ernie Allen, president of NCMEC. "Thanks to his generosity, the Center has the state-of-the-art headquarters and technology that make us the 'one-stop' facility for law enforcement officials, educators, legislators, child-advocates, health care providers, media, families and community-members who are committed to conquering the issue of missing and exploited children all over the world. Our ability to carry out this critical work has been tremendously enhanced by the generosity of Mr. Wang and Computer Associates."
Dignitaries attending the event included Ret. U.S. Army General Colin Powell, FBI Director Louis Freeh, Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson, Congressman Jim Moran, and John Walsh, missing children's advocate and host of TV's Americas Most Wanted.
The issue of missing children was thrust into the national spotlight in the early 1980s when John and Reve Walsh, parents of abduction and murder victim Adam Walsh, traveled to Washington, D.C., to ask for assistance from their U.S. Senator, Paula Hawkins. When they arrived, they made their way from the airport to Capitol Hill, passing building after building dedicated to every cause imaginable. Reve asked their cab driver, "Can you take us to the Children's Building?" hoping that somewhere in the nation's capital there would be an organization that might help her and other families of missing children. But, there was no such address. Today, thanks to Mr. Wang, there is.
The Charles B. Wang International Children's Building is now the permanent home of NCMEC, and the world headquarters of the newly formed International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children. Working in tandem, these two private, nonprofit organizations work with law enforcement and child-advocacy agencies to create a unified, coordinated response to cases of missing and exploited children. The 76-year-old building, located in historic Old Town, Alexandria, Va., becomes the nerve center of the effort to find missing children and protect children everywhere.
To date, NCMEC has worked 66,350 cases, helped recover 47,284 children, and raised its recovery rate from 60 percent in the 1980s to 93 percent today. NCMEC's increased success is a direct result of additional human resources; technological advancements; training workshops; program development, research and evaluation; and aggressive private, public and community partnerships. Although NCMEC's efforts and successes have grown over the past decade, its physical space has remained stagnant prohibiting its potential to meet growing demands. With the new building, NCMEC will spend less on space and more on protecting children. In addition, it will increase national and international efforts in the areas of prevention, education, case management and analysis.
"The work being done by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a testimony to the tremendous role technology can play in the recovery of missing and exploited children around the world," said Wang. "It is my hope that their efforts will serve as a model to the rest of the world, showing how technology can and should be used to address our most pressing social issues."
As a proud supporter and long-time partner of the Center, Wang and his company provide critical backing to NCMEC's global efforts to champion the fight against child abduction and exploitation. CA, founded by Wang in 1976, donated its enterprise management solution, Unicenter TNG, to manage the Center's servers, desktop systems, and mission-critical applications. With this new contribution from Mr. Wang, NCMEC will have the necessary space to house increased resources, both technological and human, to carry out its mission.
CA, the world leader in mission-critical business software, also donated technology and services to take NCMEC's Web presence into the 21st century. Ingres II database, Jasmine II intelligent infrastructure software, Unicenter TNG enterprise management solution, and CA's advanced hosting services, provide NCMEC's online, multilingual database of images and information about missing children worldwide. Special age-progression technology allows for identification from photographs, even years after a child's disappearance. NCMEC's Web site, http://www.missingkids.com, receives more than 2 million hits per day.
The Charles B. Wang International Children's Building also was made possible by Daniel M. Snyder, chairman and chief executive officer of Snyder Communications, Inc., and principal owner of the Washington Redskins; and Roger T. Staubach, commercial real estate consultant and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback. Snyder is an NCMEC board member and a lead donor who contributed $400,000 as seed money in 1998 to make the initiative possible. Mr. Snyder also has agreed to serve as chairman of NCMEC's Capital Campaign. The Staubach Company served as the building consultant, finding this property and advising the NCMEC throughout the process.
Photos and video of the celebration can be viewed at http://www.missingkids.com beginning Sept. 9.
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NCMEC was created in 1984 as a public-private partnership and serves as the national clearinghouse for information on missing children and the prevention of child victimization. NCMEC works in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) of the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice. NCMEC's state-of-the-art Web site at http://www.missingkids.com brings images and information about missing children, as well as a wealth of child protection information, to a global audience.
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