Our Founder

Lady MeyerLady Meyer
Catherine Meyer is a leading child advocate, a mother of two sons and the wife of the former British Ambassador to the United States, Sir Christopher Meyer.

Catherine decided several years ago to raise the profile of child abduction as an issue that requires urgent international attention. In April 1999, she co-founded the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) and a year later, she set up her own organisation, PACT, which works in close association with ICMEC. She has appeared many times on British, American and French television and has been invited to give evidence before the US Senate and House of Representatives, and the Belgian Senate. In 1999, she received the Adam Walsh Rainbow Award for her outstanding contribution to children's causes.



Order a copy of Lady Meyer’s book, They Are My Children Too

Read Lady Meyer’s Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (PDF, Acrobat Reader required)




Our Patrons

Cherie BoothUK Patron, Cherie Blair, QC
Cherie Blair, QC is a leading barrister, a mother of four children and the wife of the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

After studying law at the London School of Economics, Cherie Booth finished at the top of her class in her Bar examinations and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1995. She specializes in human rights and European Community law at Matrix Chambers, Grays Inn, London. She lectures widely on human rights and advises on the application of the Human Rights Act. Cherie first met Catherine Meyer in February 1998 during a visit to the United States when her husband was the Prime Minister. She has been PACT's Patron since its inception.

Laura BushUS Patron, Laura Bush
Laura Bush, a mother of twin daughters and the wife of the 53rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, spent several years teaching in public schools in Texas. After receiving a master's degree in library science, she worked as a librarian in Austin. Laura Bush is dedicated to advancing education in America and she actively supports the President's work to ensure that no child is left behind in school or in life. She created a national initiative, 'Ready to Read, Ready to Learn', to inform parents and policy makers about early childhood education and the importance of reading aloud to and with children from their earliest days. She became PACT's Patron in 2000.

Our Honorary Chairs

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State
The Honorable Dr. Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State
Sir David Veness, UN Undersecretary General for Safety and Security
Michael York, OBE, British Film and Theatre Actor

Our US and UK Trustees

Ernest Allen, President and CEO, ICMEC icmec.org
Mark Bergman, Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Whaton & Garrison Law Firm
Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE, Best selling author
Anne Bujon de l’Estang, Wife of the former French Ambassador to the United States
Professor Glenn Gebhard, Producer/director of documentaries and narrative films
Sir Christopher Meyer, Former Ambassador to the United States
Carmel M. Mulvany, UN Works Programme Project Manager
Adrian Oldfield, Senior Manager IT, Ernst & Young LLP
Julia Reed, Freelance journalist
Mark Tuohey, Partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP
David Warner, Solicitor

Our First Celebrity Supporters

Michael and CatherineMichael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who attended our inaugural ball in October 2000.

Directors & Associates

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