Ernie Allen

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Ernie Allen
Ernie Allen.jpg
Ernie Allen in 2012
Born 1946
Nationality USA
Known for

Ernie Allen (born 1946) is an attorney who served as the President & CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for 23 years until June 2012, and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) until 2014.[1]

Allen is also a former Director of Public Health & Safety for the City of Louisville, Kentucky.


Allen with the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

He is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he became a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. [1] Allen received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville in 1972 and passed the Kentucky bar exam that same year.[2]

From 1973 to 1983 he was the director of the Louisville Crime Commission and from 1983 to 1985 he was director of safety for Louisville. From 1985 to 1989 he was the chief administrative officer for Jefferson County, Kentucky.[3]

Allen served as President & CEO of both NCMEC and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) for 15 years. Allen retired from NCMEC in 2012, and in 2014 announced his retirement from ICMEC as well.[4][5][6][7]

Allen is a member of the Advisory Board for WeProtect which is a global non-profit cooperation with the goal to protect children online and stop the crime of online child sexual abuse and exploitation.


To parents, "our basic message is get that [personal computer] out of the bedroom and put it in a public place and set some limits and know what your kids are doing." [8]


  1. ^ "News Release". 
  2. ^ Who's Who in America 2008 ed., Vol. 1, p. 67
  3. ^ Who's Who Vol. 1, p. 67
  4. ^ "Leading Child Protection Advocate Ernie Allen Announces Retirement". ICMEC. April 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Long Time CEO Retiring from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children". NCMEC. June 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ernie Allen Biographical Information" (PDF). Copa Commission. 
  7. ^ Eve Branson (2013). Mum's the Word: the High-Flying Adventures of Eve Branson. pp. 44, 207–08. ISBN 1477245812. 
  8. ^ "Predators build trust with children online". The Washingtion Times. 

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