News Release For Immediate Release
October 01, 2002
Everett, Washington – Michael Gibson, President of OPERATION LOOKOUT: National Center for Missing Youth, is among the invited guests of the White House to attend The International Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children. The meetings are scheduled to commence on October 2, 2002 at the International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
In light of both the widely reported escalation of missing children in our nation, and the timeliness of the Administration’s invitation to discuss this national plight with leadership representing missing children organizations, Mr. Gibson says, “Every 40 seconds a child is reported missing and, each year, over one million children are kidnapped. These statistics simply must diminish considerably. Children should never become a statistic of violence. And NOW is certainly not the time for this issue to fall behind the headlines. Consequently, I am honored to be a part of these significant meetings in Washington to coalesce with the Administration and other missing children’s organizations in order to find an immediate solution to this plague on our society. The AMBER ALERT is part of the solution, but the public at large needs to become outraged that our children are simply being stolen from their beds, from our community playgrounds, from our malls. Enough is enough! Public support and awareness is essential if we are going to win this war against those who hurt our nation’s innocent children.”
Mr. Gibson also serves as vice-president of the board of AMECO, the Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations, which, like OPERATION LOOKOUT, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, national organization. AMECO’s mission is to serve as a membership organization for non-profit missing and exploited children’s organizations and to support the endeavors of the membership on behalf of missing and exploited children, their families, and the community-at-large.
OPERATION LOOKOUT: National Center for Missing Youth, whose International Spokesperson is actress Dyan Cannon, will soon celebrate their twentieth anniversary of helping families search for their children. During those 20 years of service, the agency has never charged a fee to a family to search for their missing child under the age of eighteen. Operation Lookout has an overall case resolve rate of eighty-two percent.