Mark Lunsford , whose daughter Jessica was murdered by alleged killer John Couey, made the following comment last night on Nancy Grace’s show.
“…But, better yet, why do us families have to put these organizations like Team Trenton or Jesse`s foundation or Klaas Kids to do all this work? Why isn`t the government doing more? I mean, you know, this is getting really out of hand…”
What more can the government do? The “Mandate and Mission” of the NCMEC could lead you believe the mechanics are in place to assist these organizations. They receive $35 million in funding from the Department of Justice, shouldn’t they be the de-facto organization for these cases?
Some of the NCMEC “Mandate and Mission”:
- Serves as a clearinghouse of information about missing and exploited children
- Provides technical assistance to individuals and law-enforcement agencies in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of cases involving missing and exploited children
- Distributes photographs and descriptions of missing children worldwide
- Networks with nonprofit service providers and state clearinghouses about missing-persons cases
- Provides information about effective state legislation to help ensure the protection of children
Congress could approve pending legislation such as the re-authorization of Kristen’s Law H.R. 2103 to release funding for the National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA). The NCMEC could provide publicly what specific organizations it supports and the extent of that support.
Congress could also provided promised funding for the “Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act”.