Alumni Spotlight Ernie Allen, 72L
Children's Champion – Ernie Allen
After leaving his post last year as the founding chairman, president and CEO of the National Center for
Missing & Exploited Children, Ernie Allen, 68A,
72L, did not fade away into a quiet retirement. He
continues to serve as president and CEO of a sister
organization that he co-founded, the International
Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC).
The ICMEC works to combat child abduction,
sexual abuse and exploitation on an international
scale. "Today, more missing children come home
safely and more offenders who prey upon children
are brought to justice than ever before," said Allen.
"However, children are abducted at alarming rates
internationally." At least eight million children will
disappear this year. In honor of his work, Allen
recently received the prestigious "Voice for Women
Award" at the Sandra Day O'Connor Awards. He is
the frst male to receive the award, joining the ranks
of Madeleine Albright, Marian Wright Edelman,
Billie Jean King, Sally Ride and others.