Missing Children makes its voice heard in Brussels!
We were in the European Parliament to support the memorandum "Missing Children: European institutions can make a difference".
This project, initiated by our parent association Missing Children Europe, aimed to draw European authorities’ attention to a whole series of issues related to the phenomenon of missing minors and to show politicians how they can change the situation.
The discussions focused in particular on:
- assistance to 116 000 hotlines in Europe
- prevention of runaways and research into their causes and consequences
- the promotion of mediation in international parental abduction cases and support for child victims
- the treatment of missing children during migration and procedures for the reunification of migrant families
Although Switzerland is not part of the European Union, it was extremely important for us to support this initiative on a continental scale, as disappearances of minors are a phenomenon that knows no borders.
It is also necessary to be aware that helping missing children and their families is an ongoing struggle, and that this requires support and development.