National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

2013 Hope Awards gala

By Rob Russell, Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is a long-time supporter of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the nation’s most prominent nonprofit dedicated to finding missing children, reducing child sexual exploitation, and preventing child victimization. We provide in-kind donations of services, including our CLEAR online public record platform, which NCMEC uses to locate abductors and other people who might have information about the whereabouts of missing and exploited children. Several members of the Thomson Reuters Legal Government and Global Account Management teams were in attendance at NCMEC’s annual Hope Awards banquet, which recognizes individuals and organizations who make significant contributions to protecting our children. 

Always an emotional and inspiring event, this year’s Hope Awards were made all the more so by this week’s news of the rescue of three young women from more than a decade in captivity in Cleveland. NCMEC’s staff works tirelessly as an advocate for missing and exploited children and their families, and they too rarely have opportunities to celebrate successes like this week’s. 

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Spotlight on National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 2011 Hero Award Winner – Corporate Category

The 2012 Everyday Hero Award program will launch soon so check out the winners from last year and maybe you can be a winner too!

Background of Hero Award Program:

Three customers from the Thomson Reuters Fraud Prevention & Investigations business were selected as winners of the first-ever Hero Award in 2011 for their submissions of compelling success stories brought about through the use of one of Thomson Reuters public records search products: CLEAR, Westlaw PeopleMap or Batch Services.  The Hero Award recognizes how these products promote societal good and the rule of law.

Submissions were sought in three areas:  Government and Law Enforcement, Law Firm, and Corporate.  The prizes were given in the form of a $10,000 charitable donation on behalf of each winner to an approved Hero Award-sponsored charity.

The winner in the Corporate category of the 2011 Hero Award was the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for its use of CLEAR to help locate a missing child in New Orleans, eight years after she first disappeared from her home in Las Vegas.  The charitable donation was made to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Winning Story of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:

8 year investigation closed after missing child was located using CLEAR.

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Hero Award Donations Presented

The Risk, Fraud and Investigations (RFI) business of Thomson Reuters recently presented three $10,000 donations to charities on behalf of customers whose compelling success stories using RFI public records search products made them the recipients of the first-ever Hero Award. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Veterans Village of San Diego were the charities chosen by the winning customers.

Here are photos from the award presentation events:

To the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (on behalf of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the Vermont Department of Corrections):

From left to right: Shelly Bouchard, federal client manager, Public Records; Ernie Allen, president and CEO, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; Steve Rubley, vice president and general manager, Risk, Fraud & Investigations; and Heather McDade, senior director, Field Management. 

To the Veterans Village of San Diego (on behalf of global law firm DLA Piper):

From left to right: Mary Sullivan, branch account manager; Dean Powell, director, Branch Account Management; Phil Landis, President and CEO, Veterans Village of San Diego; and Adam Garson, associate, DLA Piper.

This post originally ran on Legal Current Blog