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23 June 2014

INTERPOL officer recognized for efforts to protect children’s rights with international award

LYON, France – Robert Shilling, Coordinator of Operations with INTERPOL’s Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation unit, has been presented with the prestigious International Jurists Award at a ceremony in London.

The award, made by the International Council of Jurists in recognition of Mr Shilling’s work and ongoing commitment to children’s rights, was presented by Peter Tomka, President of the International Court of Justice.

Before joining INTERPOL as the head of its Crimes Against Children team in 2013, Shilling led the Seattle Police Department’s sexual assault and child abuse unit for 20 years, where he set up a community notification system to alert residents when a convicted sex offender moved into their neighbourhood and was a strong advocate for victims of abuse, especially children. During that time, he was also a member of the INTERPOL Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children.

“I am honoured to accept this award on behalf of victims everywhere who may believe their voice has not been heard: I assure you, it has,” said Mr Shilling.

“This award is also a testament to INTERPOL's Crimes Against Children team, who all work extraordinarily hard to identify and rescue victims around the world from abuse,” he added.

The award ceremony was held during the International Conference of Jurists and Writers, which is attended by Chief Justices, Ministers, judges, diplomats and government officials from around the world.

“Robert Shilling’s dedicated service and devotion to protecting the world’s children from harm is extremely deserving of this great honour,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“On behalf of all 190 INTERPOL member countries and staff at the General Secretariat, I extend our sincere congratulations to Mr Shilling on this well-earned award,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

Previous recipients of the International Jurists Award include Justice Rosalyn Higgins, former President of the International Court of Justice; the Rt. Hon. Lord Phillips, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales; Mr Dominic Grieve, MP, Attorney General for England and Wales; and Justice Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada.