In this article States disagree greatly on Amber Alert criteria there are available funds for States to implement or upgrade their AMBER Alert system via The PROTECT Act signed into law in April 2003. The State of Utah is single out as one of the States that displays the history of all the alerts they have activated.
The law set aside $20 million to help establish and shore up state highway alert systems, a token sum that the states — many of which already had programs in place — have been slow to go after. About $4 million remains unclaimed, and 10 states haven’t applied for any of that money.
So why would a State need public donations to support the system? Why not use the unclaimed funds?
Davis group donates to Amber Alert fund
Utah’s Amber Alert program has gotten a $5,300 boost in funding from a booster group for the Davis Chamber of Commerce.
The Davis Chamber of Commerce Women in Business raised and donated $5,320 to help fund training materials for law enforcement agencies on the Amber Alert, which is issued whenever a child is believed to have been abducted. The Utah Attorney General’s Office admits that its budget for the Amber Alert program is nearly empty. The training is often funded through donations from businesses and individuals.
The Utah Legislature recently passed a law allowing donors to the Utah Amber Alert fund to get a tax write-off.
There is currently an active AMBER Alert for three abducted children.
Xiomara Hernandez-Torres, 3, Pablo Hernandez, 4, and Alicia Hernandez, 6
They were taken by Israel Hernandez who is a non custodial parent. He did not return the children after a visitation. The children are believed to be in danger of physical abuse.