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CESAGRAM KICK-OFF MEETING
CESAGRAM PRESS RELEASE
2 February 2023
CESAGRAM

Towards a Comprehensive European Strategy Against tech-facilitated Grooming And Missing

CESAGRAM is a two-year, EU funded ISF project, aiming to enhance the understanding of the grooming process, how it is facilitated by technology and how it can lead to missing children. The aim is to ensure that grooming linked to children going missing is prevented to the possible extent as well as that victims of grooming are identified and receive appropriate support before, during and after their disappearance.

The kick-off meeting of the CESAGRAM project took place in Brussels during 30-31 of January 2023, at the European Federation for missing and sexually exploited children offices. The project coordinator hosted the two-day event in its premises giving the opportunity to consortium members to meet, interact and present their organizations. The agenda also included project work packages, future steps for project’s implementation, brainstorming sessions and proposed strategies as well as time plans.

The project consortium consists of eleven partners established across the European Union and the UK namely : European Federation For Missing And Sexually Exploited Children Aisbl (MCE) which is the project’s coordinator, the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA), CESIE (CESIE), Bruno Kessler Institute (FBK), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), The Smile of the Child (TSOTC), Ministry Of Justice Transparency And Human Rights (GMJ), Centre For Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), Marie Collins Foundation (MCF), Missing Persons Family Support Centre (MPFSC) and Hellenic Police (HP).

Having set a strong consortium with relevant expertise the CESAGRAM project is promising to deliver impactful results, great work and leave behind tools to prevent and support online child grooming and missing.

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