TELEFONO AZZURRO REFLECTS UPON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MISSING CHILDREN

On Tuesday, May 25, on the occasion of the International Day of Missing Children, Telefono Azzurro and the Special Commissioner of the Government for Missing Persons will organize a meeting on the theme of missing children in Italy, Europe and the world.

Institutions, companies and civil society will come together to reflect on the phenomenon of the disappearance of children, a discussion made even more urgent by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will be an opportunity to address, with national and international experts, some important issues such as the Italian alert system, the search for missing children and new technologies, the role of civil society and the importance of transnational cooperation in the protection of missing children and adolescents, in particular unaccompanied foreign minors.

The event will be divided into two sessions, the first one will take place in the morning in italian from 10:00 to 13:30 pm. This will be followed by the afternoon session, from 15:00 to 17:30, in English. The meeting will be held in presence, at Palazzo Valentini in Rome, under the respect of the rules and measures of containment dictated by the pandemic.

Follow the event live on the website of Telefono Azzurro.

 

EVENT PROGRAM

Institutional greetings: 10:00 – 10:30 am

Ernesto Caffo, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, President of Telefono Azzurro
Silvana Riccio, Extraordinary Commissioner of the Government for Missing Persons
Sergio Mattarella, President of the Republic
Roberto Fico, President of the Chamber of Deputies
Luciana Lamorgese, Minister of the Interior
Marta Cartabia, Minister of Justice
Elena Bonetti, Minister for Equal Opportunities and the Family
Luigi di Maio, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Franco Gabrielli, Delegated Authority for the Security of the Republic
Licia Ronzulli, Senator, President of the Bicameral Commission on Childhood and Adolescence
Matteo Piantedosi, Prefect of Rome
Giuseppe Procaccini, Prefect, honorary member of Telefono Azzurro, former Director of the Center for American Studies in Rome
Teresa Maria Zotta, Deputy Mayor of the Metropolitan City of Rome

Session I: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Topics: The Italian system for searching for missing children, in particular the alert system; data concerning the European number for missing children; the role of companies and new technologies in the search for missing children; the role of civil society and ofmedia 2.

Moderator: Marco Piccaluga, Journalist

Speakers:

Lamberto Giannini, Chief of Police – Director General of Public Security
Michele di Bari, Head of Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration
Ilaria Antonini, Head of Department for Family Policies
Francesco Messina, Central Director of Anti-crime of the State Police
Teo Luzi, General Commander of the Carabinieri Corps
Giuseppe Zafarana, Commander General of the Guardia di Finanza
Monsignor Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
Laura Lega, Head of Fire Department
Fabrizio Curcio, Head of the Civil Protection Department
Alessandro Pansa, President TI Sparkle
Irene Valotti, Blue Telephone
Angelo Mazzetti, Head of Institutional Relations of Facebook Italy
Giovanni Fabi, Director of Corporate Protection Ferrovie dello Stato Group
Annalisa Spiezie, Deputy Director News Mediaset
Tonia Cartolano, Sky TG24
Lucia Duraccio, Journalist TG1
Giacomo Massai, Country Manager of Euronet Italy
A.S. Roma, Video Testimony (Missing Children Social Campaign)
Session II – 15:00-17:30 hours

Topics: The disappearance of children and adolescents as a global phenomenon, with particular focus on unaccompanied foreign minors; the importance of transnational collaboration and the role of international networks; the single European number for missing children

Moderators: Iris Abraham, Communications & Fundamental Rights Adviser to Commission Vice President Dubravka Šuica & Aagje Ieven, Secretary General of Missing Children Europe 3

Introduction:

Silvana Riccio, Government Extraordinary Commissioner for Missing Persons
Ernesto Caffo, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, President of Telefono Azzurro

Interventions:

Vittorio Rizzi, Deputy Chief of the State Police – Central Director of Criminal Police
Siobhán Mullally, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings, particularly women and children
Antonio Lopez Isturiz White MEP, Vice-Chair of the Intergroup on Children’s Rights, EPP Secretary General
Franz B. Humer, President International Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Maud de Boer Buquicchio, President of Missing Children Europe and former UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children
Rev. Christopher Mahar, Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development
Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and Chancellor of Boston University
Caroline Humer, Vice President International Center for Missing & Exploited Children
John E. Bischoff III, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Elvira Tassone, Police Commissioner of the Central Directorate of Anti-Crime
Costas Yannopoulos, President of The Smile of the Child
Sofia Mahjoub, Policy Coordinator, Child Focus Belgium
Lucia Tejero, Head of Service 116000, ANAR Foundation

Conclusions: 17:30

Ernesto Caffo, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, President of Telefono Azzurro
Silvana Riccio, Extraordinary Commissioner of the Government for Missing Persons


Date

May 25 2021

Time

All of the day

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