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The Miami Herald recently ran the  story Fort Lauderdale nonprofit for missing children nets $5M.  One of the comments on the article asks why  “A Child Is Missing” hasn’t released financial information pointing out that they are a 501 (c) 3 charity. In actuallity, the organization has yet to receive the funds but is one step closer. Should you visit their revamped website, you may too wonder why there are no links to any financial statements.

According to their site, A Child Is Missing (ACIM) is a national non-profit 501(c)3 that helps law enforcement throughout the United States locate missing children, the elderly (Alzheimer’s/dementia), the disabled, and college students missing on campus through a high-speed telephone alert system. They are described as a non-profit but when you click on the link, it redirects you to the Association of Missing & Exploited Childrens Organizations AMECO where you will find this note at the bottom of the page.

NOTE: This project is supported by Grant No. 2008-MC-CX-K014 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The bill, the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center Act (H.R. 1933) requires the Attorney General to make a grant to the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center. The bill specifies the following uses of funds:

  • To operate and expand the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center to provide services to federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies to promote the quick recovery of a missing child in response to a request from such agencies for assistance by utilizing rapid alert telephone calls, text messaging, and satellite mapping technology;
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  • To maintain and expand technologies and techniques to ensure the highest level of performance of such services;
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  • To establish and maintain regional centers to provide both centralized and on-site training and to distribute information to federal, State, and local law enforcement agency officials about how to best utilize the services provided by the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center;
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  • To share appropriate information with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the AMBER Alert Coordinator, the Silver Alert Coordinator, and appropriate federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; and
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  • To assist the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the AMBER Alert Coordinator, the Silver Alert Coordinator, and appropriate Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies with education programs.
    The bill authorizes $5 million for each fiscal year from Fiscal Year 2010 through Fiscal Year 2015.
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    Should police be required to collect DNA evidence for people who are missing as well as from unidentified bodies and put them in a national database for possible matches? They already encourage parents to keep DNA from their children as a preventive measure should they go missing.

    Several states would like to establish:

    • criteria for police to determine whether an adult is a ‘‘high risk missing person”
    • require police to provide family with contact information for missing-persons organizations
    • collect DNA evidence for anyone missing more than 30 days

    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County coroner’s office has identified a teen’s body found strangled May 20, 1974, who has simply been known as “Boy X” for the past 35 years.

    Crime lab officials say “Boy X” is James Dean Johnson, who ran away from the care of Hamilton County Children’s Services the same year his body was found.

    Missing persons connecting the dots

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    John Walsh admits he hates the term but the family of Jennifer Kesse is still seeking it. According to the website dedicated to finding her, Jennifer will be featured on CNN Headline News – Unsolved Crimes segment – Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, 5 PM EST and 6PM EST on both days.
    Nearly 3-year search for Jennifer Kesse continues

    “Closure. To be able to have closure, to be able to grieve, to be able to heal you need to grieve. That is where we are — in that limbo of not being able to grieve, and not being able to heal and not being able to move forward because we are caught in this limbo quicksand of where is Jenn and what happened to her. And she deserves and needs to be brought home,” says Joyce Kesse.

     

    For Jennifer Kesse’s family, news in Caylee Anthony case renews their hope for closure

    Advocacy is a therapeutic reaction. Similar to John Walsh, who became a tenacious criminal hunter as the face of America’s Most Wanted,Drew Kesse has wrapped himself in helping others.

    His fingerprints are on Senate Bill 502, the ” Jennifer Kesse and Tiffany Sessions Missing Persons Act,” which expands the Amber Alert system to send out notifications within two hours of any missing person under age 26. The bill was passed earlier this year with the help of Hilary Sessions, whose daughter, Tiffany, went missing on Feb. 9, 1989, in Gainesville, and has yet to be found.

    There’s a new cause now. Kesse is lobbying legislators for a bill that would require DNA testing for unidentified human remains in Florida. Right now, that’s an option but not a requirement. Making it mandatory should help many families looking for answers, because DNA testing can identify human remains about 30 percent of the time.

    Update 01-21-09   Potential Break in Case of Florida Woman Missing 3 Years Comes From Convicted Killer

    David Russ, who confessed to a 2007 murder, claims to have information about the disappearance of 24-year-old Jennifer Kesse and had his lawyer contact her father, MyFOXOrlando.com reported.

    Russ is in the Seminole County Jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to killing Madeline Leinen. He asked to meet with Kesse’s father, Drew Kesse.

    Madeline Leinen

    SANFORD – At a court hearing today, confessed murderer David Byron Russ, who slipped into the home of a Longwood-area woman, hog-tied then stabbed and strangled her to death, asked the victim’s family to forgive him.

    “I just pray that they can find forgiveness for their own benefit — not for mine,” Russ said.

    Russ, 46, is facing a possible death sentence. But his case is unusual. He’s banned his lawyer from putting on any evidence that might spare him.

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    Isn’t it amazing how some of the same members of the U.S. House and Senate couldn’t appropriate funds ($4 million) for the National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) but can vote with lighting speed to give hundereds of billions of dollars to financial institutions and potentialy the Big 3 automakers?

    The U.S. Department of Justice supports the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (NCMEC) providing over 35 million dollars per year in funding, yet the federal Government cannot help the NCMA with 4 million?

    Related Post: Funding for the National Center for Missing Adults

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    There are now 12 states that have implemented Silver Alert systems, which in most cases piggyback the current AMBER Alert system. While legislators applaud their own actions, authorities continue to debate the consequences of activating too many AMBER Alerts.

    Highway Silver Alerts May Make Amber Alerts Less Effective

    Florida Highway Patrol sergeant Kim Miller says FHP has issued as many as three of the alerts in one day. Miller says the department never expected to see such a high volume of them.

    The program went into effect October 16th. It’s modeled after the Amber Alert but is meant to find people 60 years or older who suffer from such illnesses as Alzheimer’s or dementia. A half-a-million people statewide are affected with diseases such as those. Eighteen-hundred disappeared at some point last year.

    Since October 16th there have been 20 Silver Alerts issued, compared to 11 Amber Alerts for all of 2008. If Silver Alerts continue at this pace, Florida is on track to see roughly 150 by next October.

    Active Florida AMBER Alerts

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    Courtesy of ProjectJason.org

    New Jersey signs law requiring use of Health Science Center DNA Lab services

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    A new law in the State of New Jersey aims to identify missing persons through a partnership between New Jersey law enforcement agencies and the UNT Center for Human Identification here on the UNTHSC campus. Patricia’s Law, which passed in January, requires New Jersey law enforcement agencies to submit reference DNA samples from family members of people missing more than 30 days to the UNT Center for Human Identification’s DNA lab for analysis and uploading into CODIS. Patricia’s Law is the first of its kind in the country to offer a comprehensive plan for collecting DNA evidence.


    The law was signed by New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine at a press conference on Wednesday.  Also in attendance were several New Jersey lawmakers, law enforcement representatives and the family of Patricia Viola
    , for whom the law is named.


    Viola was a 42-year-old New Jersey wife and mother who disappeared Feb. 13, 2001. She left her home between 1 and 2:30 pm without identification, keys, credit cards, or her medication. No one knows what happened to her, and she has not yet been found.
    Patricia’s Law was born from model legislation
    designed in 2005 at the first National Strategy Meeting on Identifying the Missing, which brought together federal, state and local law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners, victim’s advocates, forensic scientists, key policymakers, and families who have lived through this tragic experience.


    ProjectJason.org, a not-for-profit missing persons organization, then called for volunteers in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to retain a sponsor to support the model missing persons’ legislation at the state level. Patricia’s husband, Jim, took on New Jersey, and State Sen. Loretta Weinberg immediately embraced the new proposed legislation, making New Jersey the first state to obtain sponsorship. 

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    Some viewers of the BBC were recently offended by this mention of missing Madeleine McCann.

    ‘Long-established’

    In the sketch, two men in a pub – played by John Bird and John Fortune – discuss some of the tactics Prime Minister Gordon Brown might use to secure his re-election.

    One of the characters said: “I don’t trust Gordon Brown… I wouldn’t be surprised if the night before the election he went on television and said ‘look what I found’ and held up little Maddie McCann.”

    Ofcom said it considered Bremner, Bird and Fortune to be a long-established satirical series that often engaged with controversial subjects.

    “The idea that politicians might be insensitive enough to attempt to exploit the tragedy surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann to their advantage was consistent with the general purpose of the sketch,” Ofcom said in its report.

    “Whilst perhaps painful for some viewers to have been reminded of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, we concluded the suggestion that politicians might consider cynically using such an event to their advantage justified the inclusion of such a reference in this satirical sketch.”

    Is it possible some politicians pass legislation they don’t fund and maybe are insensitive or opportunists?

    John Walsh: Call On Congress To Fund The Adam Walsh Act

    Or perhaps they rally behind bills such as these only to allow them to languish in commitee once the photo ops are passed.

    At first glance you may be offended by the satirical reference to a missing child. That is until you probably give it more thought. Have you ever watched the season opening promo for “Two and a half men” billed as CBS’ #1 comedy? Granted it doesn’t mention a specific missing child.

    In fairness, CBS Television Network has aired public service announcements (”PSAs”) covering a variety of topics under the banner CBS Cares.

    In the U.S. politicians and others still quote statistics several years old promoting the fear of a missing child though the majority of them are runaways, temporarily missing or a victim of a family dispute.

    “…A child goes missing every 40 seconds in the U.S, over 2,100 per day

    In excess of 800,000 children are reported missing each year

    Another 500,000 go missing without ever being reported…” Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

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    In Florida, where there are over 176 missing children listed at the NCMEC and 424 missing children in the “care” of The Florida Department of Children and Families, apparently the topic of missing persons is funny. So this cartoon had to make you chuckle, or maybe not.

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