Missing Children Europe is the European federation for missing and sexually exploited children, representing 32 organisations from 27 European countries. We provide the link between research, policies, and organisations on the ground to protect children from any kind of violence, abuse or neglect that is caused by or results from them going missing.


Center for Security Studies

The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) is a think tank on homeland security policies and an established research center since 2005 (L. 3387/2005) under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection, aiming to support security policy implementations in Greece, at a strategic level. The activities KEMEA is involved in, include a) The certification of practitioners in private security professions at the national level, b) Research and Development in the context of National and European projects in close cooperation with LEAs, and c) Training of practitioners in new systems and technologies. KEMEA also provides advisory and consulting services to the Ministry of Citizen Protection, as well as other Public and Private authorities, on safety and security issues.


European Centre of Studies and Initiatives

CESIE is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation based in Palermo (Italy) and established in 2001. CESIE is committed to promote the cultural, social, educational and economic development at local, national, European and international levels. The Rights and Justice Unit of CESIE specifically works in promoting equality, diversity and non-discrimination by raising awareness on gender equality from an intersectional and non binary approach in relation to empowerment and rights awareness. They also work on the prevention of all types of violence, including gender-based violence, child abuse and online/offline violence, polarization and radicalization, and put a special focus on supporting victims and survivors.



FBK is an Italian Research Institute focusing on high quality research with market and societal impact. Being the result of a history that is more than half a century old, through 2 scientific hubs, 7 research centers, 410 researchers, 2 specialized libraries, 7 laboratories, FBK aims to results of excellence in science and technology with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches and an applicative dimension. FBK achieves all this thanks to a constant attention to collaborations and exchange activities with research organizations, both institutional and corporate, national and international, which extend the institute’s innovation capability, involving the community and the local economy in the circulation of knowledge and technologies. FBK participates to CESAGRAM with its Digital Society Centre involving the Motivational Digital Systems Research and Intelligent Interaction and Interfaces Units, all committed in the leadership and execution of the activities foreseen in WP3 aimed to design and deploy an online gamified educational platform for vulnerable children and to support innovative training programs.


KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN / University of Leuven (Centre for IT & IP Law)

The Centre for IT & IP Law is a research center at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), with currently a staff of over 80 researchers specialized in legal and ethical aspects of IT innovation and intellectual property. Researchers working at the Centre for IT and IP Law focus on the fundamental re-thinking of the current legal framework, necessitated by the rapid evolution of technology in various fields, such as government, media, health care, informatics, digital economy, banking, transport, culture, etc. Their research is characterized by an intra- and extra-juridical interdisciplinary approach, constantly aspiring cross-fertilization between legal, technical, economic, ethical and socio-cultural perspectives. The Centre for IT & IP Law has a solid track record as a law and ethics partner of large international and interdisciplinary research projects. It is internationally renowned for its expertise in the areas of Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous systems, Data Protection & Privacy, eHealth & Pharma, Ethics & Law, Intellectual Property, Media & Telecommunications, (Cyber)security and Cybercrime.


TO HAMOGELO TOU PAIDIOU / The Smile of the Child

“The Smile of the Child” is the largest internationally recognized non-profit, non-governmental Organization in Greece in the critical field of child protection, support of children and families with children in need, as well as free public health service for children, both in prevention and treatment. Over 27 years of activities, TSoC has made the difference for more than 1.800.000 children and their families in Greece. TSoC currently operates with approximately 3.000 active volunteers on a daily basis and 488 specialized personnel. The experience of the Organization is first and foremost on the front line, and its actions for the protection and assistance of children victims/potential victims of abuse, neglect, trafficking and any other type of risk, include, among others, the direct social intervention through the Helplines, the provision of a safe living environment and psychological, medical and material support, trainings of professionals, interventions in schools for students, teachers and parents/guardians, raising public awareness through information campaigns



The Ministry of Justice, was initially established as the State Justice Secretariat in April 1833.
It is entrusted with the management of judicial function, which is one of the three State functions. The Minister of Justice, supervises the administration of justice, namely organisational issues of the courts and infrastructure as well as economic and administrative support and guarantees the personal and operational independence of judges in accordance with the Constitutional requirements.

At the same time, the Ministry is charged with the development of legislative initiative in basic justice sectors, in which is included the harmonization of internal law with the rules of international law. Additionally, this initiative includes development of institutional actions that widens and strengthens individual rights and freedoms and empowers the function of the democratic institutions in general.



The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), founded in 2000, is the only research centre in Northern Greece and one of the largest in the country; more than 1200 people work at CERTH, with the majority being scientists. Climate change, sustainable energy, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, Internet of Things, holistic approaches to healthcare and nutrition, autonomous vehicles, smart cities of the future and circular economy, are the primal fields around which CERTH’s five institutes are organised. CERTH’s Information Technologies Institute (ITI) is one of the leading Institutions of Greece in the fields of Informatics, Telematics and Telecommunications and was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organisation under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Research and Technology of Greece (GSRT), with its head office located in Thessaloniki, Greece.


CERTH-ITI participates in CESAGRAM via the Multimodal Data Fusion and Analytics Group (M4D) of the Multimedia Knowledge and Social Media Analytics Lab (MKLab), which has significant experience and scientific expertise in Web & Social Media Μonitoring and Mining, Image & Video Analysis, Computer Vision, Interactive Multimedia Search and Retrieval, Artificial Intelligence (including Machine Learning and Deep Learning), Multimodal Data Fusion and Analytics, Semantic Technologies and Integration of heterogeneous resources, Knowledge Representation, Reasoning, and Management, Visual analytics, Big Data Analytics, as well as Crisis and Security Management.



The Marie Collins Foundation (MCF), founded in 2011, is a charity based in the UK that is leading the way both nationally and internationally when it comes to responding when a child is sexually abused online. We are dedicated to supporting victims of technology assisted child sexual abuse and exploitation on their recovery journey to go on to live safe and fulfilling lives. We provide a voice for the victim and survivor community and support professionals who work with young people through training, mentoring, and promoting the sharing of best practice. We advocate for victims and survivors by lobbying and sharing our expertise with government and policy makers to improve safeguarding responses for victims and their families. Our work is based on sound evidence of need, thus we both commission and participate in academic research. We have a dedicated team of experienced professionals and an extensive network of trusted partners and affiliates around the world who share, and are committed to achieving our vision that any child harmed by technology-assisted child sexual abuse will be supported throughout their recovery journey. 



Missing Persons Families Support Centre (MPFSC) – is a non governmental organisation, established in 2000 in Vilnius, Lithuania. MPFSC was established by two women, whose children went missing, up to this date their mission to support parents in this difficult time is alive in a mission of organization. MPFSC works with providing comprehensive support for missing children and their relatives, administrate 24/7 hotline 116000 for missing children in Lithuania. MPFSC is also working with various issues connected with missing of children and adults like human trafficking, gender – based violence. Gender equality and inclusion are main values that are mainstreamed in all activities of the organization. MPFSC is a member of National coalition against human trafficking and provide comprefensive support for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and other crimes. MPFSC work with prevention of missing children, implement educational programs on gender equality, gender – based violence, including sexual violence and sexual exploitation for youth. In 2021 MPFSC received National Equality Award for prevention of teen dating violence among youth MPFSC together with Police department in Lithuania and Facebook established Amber Alert Facebook in Lithuania. MPFSC is a member of Missing Children Europe, Amber Alert Europe, International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), Renate Network against human trafficking, Men engage Europe.



The Hellenic Police assumed its present structure in 1984 when the Gendarmerie (Chorofylaki) and the Urban Police Forces (Astynomia Poleon) were merged (Law 1481/1-10-1984, Government Gazette 152 A). Hellenic Police (Elliniki Astynomia) is a Law Enforcement Agency according to the Law nr. 2800/2000 and its mission is to: – ensure peace and order as well as citizens` unhindered social development, a mission that includes general policing duties and traffic safety and – prevent and interdict crime as well as to protect the State and the democratic form of government within the framework of constitutional order, a mission that also includes the implementation of public and state security policy.
Hellenic Police is comprised of both central and regional Services. Hellenic Police`s headquarters is the supreme authority over these Services. Its efforts center on the fulfillment of the Force`s mission, within the framework of the Ministry of Interior`s policy. For this reason it schedules, directs, oversees and monitors the activities of its Services, and it ensures the necessary conditions for the exercise of its authority.

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