SAFEASSURED COMMEMORATES NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN'S
Sponsors the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's
Annual Hope Awards
MOSINEE, WI - May 25, 2004 - In light of May 25th, which honors
National Missing Children's Day, Wausau Financial Systems applauds the
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in their
ongoing efforts to find missing children and prevent child sexual exploitation.
May 25th was first proclaimed National Missing Children's Day by President
Ronald Reagan and honored by every administration since.
In strong support of NCMEC and child safety, SafeAssured by Wausau
Financial Systems announces its sponsorship of the National Center for
Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the 2004 Hope Awards and
NCMEC, co-founded by John and Revé Walsh, provides services nationwide
for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted and sexually
exploited children. NCMEC also assists law enforcement in the prosecution
of the criminals who perpetrate these terrible crimes.
"In honor of National Missing Children's Day, Wausau Financial Systems
reminds families of the importance of having up-to-date photos of their
children," comments Bob Weirauch, Chairman and CEO with Wausau Financial
Systems, parent company of SafeAssured. "Our vision is that every
child in America has a SafeAssured Child ID, and no parent ever has to
The SafeAssured Child ID solution is designed as electronic input for
possible deployment into local and state AMBER Alert programs. This approach
to child identification provides families with the power to deliver media
and law enforcement immediate identifying data that is ready to broadcast.
In addition to a digital photo and personal profile, SafeAssured's captured
elements include: digital fingerprints, voice sample, and streaming video
showing movement and gait. The child's information is stored on a Mini-CD
ROM that is secured with a locked electronic code to safeguard privacy.
"All those who fight for the cause of missing and exploited children
are truly fortunate to have the tremendous support of many individuals
and corporations from around the world," said Ernie Allen, President
and CEO of NCMEC and the International Centre. "Our Hope Awards recognize
the exceptional initiatives undertaken by compassionate people and corporations
that make preventing child victimization a top priority."
The support the Hope Awards have received from individuals and private
corporations highlights the resounding commitment from businesses to combat
global child victimization.
"NCMEC urges parents or guardians to maintain easily accessible
good-quality photographs of their children. SafeAssured by Wausau Financial
Systems helps them accomplish this," added Allen.
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in cooperation
with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention. Serving as the national clearinghouse for information and
a resource center for child protection, NCMEC has worked with law enforcement
on 98,000 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of 83,000 children.
NCMEC's CyberTipline has handled more than 240,000 leads of child sexual
exploitation. For more information, please visit www.missingkids.com or
About the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children is the leading
global service agency working to protect the world's children from exploitation
and abduction. For more information about ICMEC, call 703-837-3900, or
About Wausau Financial Systems
Wausau Financial Systems (WFS) is a leading resource of information processing
solutions worldwide. Its products encompass image-based financial transaction
processing solutions, document management solutions, and identification
security solutions. For more information, visit www.wausaufs.com.
Schranz - Marketing Analyst
SafeAssured by Wausau Financial Systems