On the occasion of the International Children’s Day Missing on Monday 25 May, Telefono Azzurro offers a moment of reflection in live streaming on ANSA and Avvenire in which the Prefect will participate Silvana Riccio – Extraordinary Commissioner of the Government for missing persons, Prefect Michele Di Bari – Head of the Department of Civil Liberties and Immigration of the Ministry of Interior, Hon. Caterina Chinnici – MEP and Co-President of the Intergroup of the European Parliament for the rights of the child, Monsignor Sànchez Sorondo – Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Maud de Boer Buquicchio -President of Missing Children Europe, Maria Francesca Pricoco – President of the Juvenile Court of Catania and President of AIMMF, Marina Contino – First Director of the Central Anticrimination Service of the State Police, Maria Josè Falcicchia – International State Police Cooperation Service, Federica Sciarelli – RAI journalist and presenter of Who has seen it.
In 2019, 8,331 reports of the disappearance of minors in Italy, including 5,376 foreigners and 2,955 Italians. A dramatic phenomenon, also found by Telefono Azzurro which, during the past year, has seen a doubling of the number of cases handled compared to 2018. In 2019, 2,676 unaccompanied foreign minors arrived in Italy and who leave the reception centers without leaving track.
Telefono Azzurro has been on the front line for over ten years to support the reporting and finding system of missing children with the European Single Number 11.60.00 managed in Italy by Telefono Azzurro on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior, active 24 hours a day. Number 11.60.00 recorded an increase in cases compared to 2018 in 2019, the age group most at risk is those between 11 and 18 years, while, from 2009 to 2019, the reports concerned male adolescents to a greater extent 15 and 18 years old.
“Children and adolescents who disappear are found in many cases in a territory other than that in which they disappeared – says the Professor Ernesto Caffo, President of Telefono Azzurro -. Often they are victims of trafficking or exploitation and therefore solid international cooperation is needed, which favors collaboration, including on the aspect of preventing disappearance, between the institutions and the world of non-profit “.