Human Trafficking Advisory Council, Human Trafficking Advisory Council
Ernie Allen is a global expert on the digital economy; the Dark Web, and child protection including the issues of child abduction, sexual exploitation, sexual violence, human trafficking and modern slavery. He frequently speaks to global audiences on these issues and serves as a consultant and advisor to governments, law enforcement, technology companies, nonprofit organizations and others. In 2014 he was appointed by then-Prime Minister David Cameron to serve as Chairman of the United Kingdom’s global initiative to combat online child abuse and exploitation. He continues to chair an expanded WePROTECT Global Alliance which today includes 98 countries, 51 technology companies, 52 NGO’s, UNICEF, Interpol and others. He helped organize the Vatican’s 2017 World Congress: Child Dignity in the Digital World where Pope Francis spoke about the growing victimization of children online. And he continues to head the Vatican’s Child Dignity initiative today. In 2018 Mr. Allen worked with the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior to create a new global interfaith effort. And he co-chaired a Steering Committee for the Interfaith Alliance Forum hosted by the UAE in Abu Dhabi that brought together faith leaders from around the world who collaborated to create an interfaith campaign to protect children. Previously he was Founding Chairman of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and served as President and CEO for close to 30 years. He created America’s national 24-hour missing children’s hotline; the national CyberTipline for reporting suspected child sexual exploitation, and brought forensic resources and training to law enforcement. During his tenure over 180,000 missing children were recovered, the recovery rate increased from 63% to 97%, and thousands of victims of child sexual exploitation were rescued. Under his leadership the organization grew to $50 million in revenues with 350 employees, was rated A+ by the prestigious American Institute of Philanthropy (one of only ten national charities), and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth Magazine. To extend the effort globally he founded the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and served simultaneously as President and CEO for 16 years. He built a global missing children’s network with 23 nations and worked with parliaments in 100 countries to enact new laws on child pornography. He led efforts to implement new global policies on virtual currencies and the anonymous “Dark Web”, created new technologies to address child victimization, and helped reduce a $30 billion commercial child pornography industry to virtually zero. Allen is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. He has served as adjunct or visiting faculty for numerous universities and the Mayo Clinic. His work is widely recognized and he was called “one of America’s foremost social entrepreneurs” by President George W. Bush, named “Executive of the Year” by Non-Profit Times, and named one of the “Most Influential People in Security” by Security Magazine.