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In July of 2006, after President Bush signed the “Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Protection Act of 2006″, House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R- Wis.), the sponsor of H.R. 4472, released the following statement:

”This legislation makes one thing clear to sex offenders across this country — you better register, and you better keep your information current, or you are going to jail. More than 100,000 sex offenders currently fail to register and are ‘missing,’ with locations unknown to the public and law enforcement. The children of America will be safer today because of this legislation championed by John Walsh and so many other victims that have responded to tragedy with determination, focus, and inspiration.

“Today, President Bush Signed The Adam Walsh Child Protection And Safety Act Of 2006. This law marks an important step forward in our Nation’s efforts to protect those who cannot protect themselves. It will strengthen Federal laws to protect our children from sexual and other violent crimes, prevent child pornography, and make the Internet safer for our sons and daughters.

President Bush Believes Our Society Has A Duty To Protect Children From Exploitation And Danger. By enacting this law, we are sending a clear message across the country that those who prey on our children will be caught, prosecuted, and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

The case of missing Nevaeh Buchanan has many questioning her mother’s possible relationships with known convicted sex offenders. In Oklahoma a person charged with raping a five-year-old, as reported by the McAlester News-Capital, has many concerned not only with the mother’s judgement but the judicial system as well.

Last week, “O’Reilly Factor’s” Bill O’Reilly called for the resignation of District 18 Judge Thomas Bartheld for his handling of the David Harold E. Earls rape case.

As was first reported on May 17 by the McAlester News-Capital, Earls, 64, of Wister, pleaded no contest May 13 to charges of first degree rape and forcible sodomy of a 5-year-old girl. He was sentenced by Bartheld to a year in prison, with another 19 years suspended, following a plea bargain negotiated between Earls’ attorney, Tim Mills, and local prosecutors.

The story which aired on The O’Reilly factor, “Factor Investigation Segment” Geraldo Rivera unsuccessfully attempted to confront a judge and district attorney in Oklahoma who sentenced the child rapist to just one year in jail.

In his report Geraldo described McAlester as somewhat of an idyllic place to live but ironically failed to mention it is also home to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. In fact it is the chief incarceration facility for the state of Oklahoma. The prison houses maximum-security inmates and is the site of Oklahoma’s death row and execution chamber.


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First National Retreat for Families of Missing Persons
To Help Families Cope With Unique Loss

“Keys to Healing” Retreat June 12-14 sponsored by nonprofit Project Jason to teach families methods for dealing with trauma, “living in the not knowing.”

Omaha, Nebraska – (May 2009) – Project Jason, a nonprofit that assists families of missing persons, announced the first national retreat ever to focus specifically on the wellbeing of family members who are searching for their lost loved ones. “Keys to Healing: Mind, Body, and Spirit” will take place June 12-14 at the Swanson Center at Camp Carol Joy Holling near Omaha in Ashland, Nebraska.

“There are resources that teach families of the missing the mechanics of what to do when someone disappears,” said Kelly Jolkowski, president and founder of Project Jason. “Until now, there were no opportunities for family members of both missing children and adults to focus on the emotional and physical trauma that understandably accompanies such an ordeal. We want the families who attend Keys to Healing to walk away with better coping skills, self-understanding and renewed hope.”

The retreat is open to family members of missing persons whose cases are listed with law enforcement agencies in North America. Sessions will be conducted by professional instructors, including a licensed counselor, personal trainer, dietician, missing person advocate, massage therapist, and a minister of faith. Attendees will learn how long term trauma affects the body, how to address that trauma, and how to recognize and handle emotions such as guilt, fear and anger that come into play. There will also be a session designed to answer the question of “How do I go on?”

Featured speakers:

Duane T. Bowers, LPC, is the nation’s foremost traumatic loss therapist and educator. Among his many services to families dealing with grief is providing support to families of abducted, missing, exploited and murdered children through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and to families of missing persons of any age through Project Jason’s Healing Harbor. Bowers is the author of “Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief” and “A Child is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children.”

Richard J. Hauser, S.J., is a professor of theology at Creighton University, a nationally-renowned speaker, and author of numerous books, including “In His Spirit: A Guide to Today’s Spirituality” and “Finding God in Troubled Times,” in which Hauser offers meaningful answers to all those who have found their faith challenged by difficult experiences.

For more information about “Keys to Healing: Mind, Body, and Spirit”
Project Jason Retreat 2009, go to http://www.projectjason.org/retreat.html

**Media attendance at the retreat, and interviews with Project Jason representatives and families, are accommodated upon request.

About Project Jason

Project Jason, founded in 2003, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting the families of missing persons, and creating and increasing public awareness of missing people through a variety of outreach and educational activities. Project Jason brings hope and assistance to families of the missing by providing resources and support. The organization is based in Omaha, Nebraska.

For more information about Project Jason’s objectives, activities and services, go to http://www.projectjason.org

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What Parents Can Do to Keep Children Safe

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Every year in America an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, more than 2,000 children each day. Of that number, 200,000 are abducted by family members, and 58,000 are abducted by non-family members. The primary motive for non-family abductions is sexual. Each year 115 children are the victims of the most serious abductions, taken by non-family members and either murdered, held for ransom, or taken with the intent to keep.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) wants to remind the public that National Missing Children’s Day is May 25, which coincides with the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend this year. The organization wants parents to know there are things they can do to keep their children safe and it urges parents to take 25 minutes and review the attached safety tips which are a part of NCMEC’s Take 25 national child safety campaign.

“We know teaching children about safety works,” said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC. “It is important that parents take the time to talk to their children about safety.”

An analysis of attempted abduction cases by NCMEC found that in 88% of the cases, the child escaped would-be abductors through their own actions, by yelling, kicking, pulling away, running away or attracting attention.

May 25th is the anniversary of the day in 1979 when 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York street corner on his way to school and has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day since 1983 when it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan. Etan’s story captivated the nation. His photo, taken by his father, a professional photographer was circulated nationwide and appeared in media across the country and around the world. The powerful image of Etan has come to symbolize the anguish and trauma of thousands of searching families. The search for Etan continues. He is still missing.

This year the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children celebrates its 25th anniversary. It is the leading nonprofit organization dealing with the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. NCMEC has played a role in the recovery of more than 138,500 children. Today more children come home safely than ever before. In 2008, NCMEC helped recover more children than any other year in the organization’s 25-year history, raising the recovery rate from 62% in 1990 to 97% today. And more of those who prey upon children are being identified and prosecuted. Yet too many children are still missing and too many children are still the victims of sexual exploitation. There is much more that needs to be done.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since it was established by Congress in 1984, the organization has operated the toll-free 24-hour national missing children’s hotline which has handled more than 2,377,000 calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 138,500 children. The organization’s CyberTipline has handled more than 690,700 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 22,983,300 child pornography images and videos. The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

To learn more about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its web site at http://www.missingkids.com.

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Why are people compelled to name anything that helps find something as similar to an AMBER Alert. This isn’t what an AMBER Alert does nor is it designed to be used in anything but an abducted, not missing, child case. If you are discussing automated phone calls the analogy would be better if they described it as a reverse 911 system.

BALTIMORE A new service that uses technology to track down lost pets is able to issue the animal equivalent of an Amber Alert…

…The online service places automated phone calls to your neighbors with a description of your pet and your contact information. Packages range from $125 for 500 calls to $445 for 5,000 calls, according to the site.

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What would you do if your child was allowed to leave school with a neighbor without your permission?

TEXAS CITY — A 6-year-old elementary school student was missing for more than five hours Monday after he was sent home with a neighbor instead of a legal guardian when classes were dismissed early.

The boy was found safe, but his mother is demanding answers.

After a power outage at Simms Elementary School, school officials sent students home early. Parents were supposed to be called to make arrangements for their children to be picked up.

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The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has a section on their website offering a few rules for parents and kids. If you need a quick refresher on issues to discuss, this may be a great place to start.

Know the Rules…Series

Know the Rules
Describes four basic safety messages for teens

Know the Rules…Abduction and Kidnapping
Safety tips and guidelines for parents and guardians to help prevent abduction

Know the Rules…Amusement or Theme Parks
Steps for parents and children to take when in an amusement or theme park

Know the Rules…Displacement in Natural Disasters
Tips designed to help child victims of natural disasters acclimate to a new environment and caregivers provide the best assistance possible

Know the Rules…Door-to-Door Solicitation
Child-safety guidelines for children participating in door-to-door solicitation

Know the Rules…Flying Unaccompanied
Rules to help make the flying experience for your child safer

Know the Rules…For Children Who Are Home Alone
Important points parents should consider prior to allowing their child to be unsupervised after school

Know the Rules…General Tips Parents and Guardians
General tips for parents and guardians

Know the Rules…Going To/From School More Safely
Tips to help parents prepare their children for a safer journey to and from school

Know the Rules…Halloween Safety Tips
Safety tips for a more fun and safe Halloween

Know the Rules…Holiday Safety Tips
Safety tips for the holidays and when shopping

Know the Rules…Summer Safety Tips for Children
Safety tips for a more fun and safe summer

Know the Rules…Summer Safety Tips for Parents/Guardians
Safety tips for parents and guardians to consider to help make their children’s summers more fun and safe.

Know the Rules…Traveling Outside Of/To the United States

Preparation and safety tips designed to help make traveling outside of and to the United States safer

Know the Rules…Traveling Unaccompanied Bus/Train
Rules to help make travel by bus or train safer for your child

Know the Rules…Youth Sports
Guidelines for parents whose children participate in sports activities

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 It is the start of another school year, do you know where your children are?

A Tulsa family is reunited but demanding answers about why a 4-year-old girl went missing.  It turns out the little girl got on the wrong bus.  This happened at Mark Twain Elementary this afternoon, in West Tulsa.  The little girl is safe, but now her mother is wondering how it happened.   Fox23

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL — A Nassau County father is upset that his five-year-old daughter was dropped off at home instead of taken to the after school program while her parents were at work. He says she spent two hours alone on the front porch.

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