Urge the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and President Obama to pass the Kristen's Act Reauthorization Act of 2011 (H.R. 112).
What is Kristen's Act?
Kristen's Act is a piece of legislation, that establishes a national clearinghouse and resources to assist with missing adults. The law is named after Kristen Modafferi, an 18 year old from Charlotte, North Caroline, who vanished in June 1997. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children could not help her family search for Kristen because she was 18, and thus considered an adult.
Kristen has never been found, however, her family and of other families in similar situations campaigned to create a National Center for missing adults.
Kristen's Act was was passed unanimously and was signed into law by then President Clinton in October of 2000.Today, under the auspices of NMCO and the U.S. Department of Justice, NCMA continues to serve as the national clearinghouse for missing adults in the United States.
Now Kristen's Act is in need of reauthorization.
What is the Kristen's Act Reauthorization ?
Since Kristen's Act was first passed, it has helped countless families find the family members and the answers that they were looking for.
The Kristen's Act Reauthorization Alert Act of 2011, (H.R.112) sponsored by U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX 25) is a bill would encourage, enhance, and integrate Silver Alert plans throughout the United States, to authorize grants for the assistance of organizations to find missing adults, and for other purposes.
Kristen's Act was passed in conjunction with the reauthorization of The Silver Act, a bill that sets up a communication system to help locate missing senior citizens. The bill also passed in the House in September 2008, but was not voted on in the Senate before the end of the 110th Congress. The same thing happened during the 111th session of congress and was passed by the House, but was not voted on in the Senate before the end of the 111th Congress.
The reauthorization of Kristen's Act will allow the Attorney General to make grants to public agencies, or nonprofit private organizations, to maintain a national resource center and information clearing house for missing and unidentified adults. It will also provide training to law enforcement agencies, state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations.
A reauthorization would inject the agency with $4 million a year for a decade.
Every year thousands of adults become missing due to advanced age, diminished mental capacity, or foul play. Often there is no information regarding the whereabouts of these adults and many of them are never reunited with their families.
Missing adults are at great risk of both physical harm and sexual exploitation. In most cases, families and local law enforcement officials have neither the resources nor the expertise to undertake appropriate search efforts for a missing adult.
The search for a missing adult requires cooperation and coordination among Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and assistance from distant communities where the adult may be located.
Federal assistance is urgently needed to help with coordination among such agencies.
What will the Kristen's Act Reauthorization Act of 2011 do?
The Kristen's Act Reauthorization and National Silver Alert Act will;
-National Silver Alert Act of 2011 - Directs the Attorney General to: (1) establish a national Silver Alert communications network within the Department of Justice (DOJ) to assist regional and local search efforts for missing seniors; (2) assign a DOJ officer to serve as the Silver Alert Coordinator to coordinate the network with states; and (3) award grants to states for support of Silver Alert plans and the network. Defines "missing senior" as any individual who is reported as missing to or by a law enforcement agency and who meets state requirements for designation as a missing senior.
-Directs the Coordinator to: (1) establish minimum standards for the issuance and dissemination of alerts issued through the network; and (2) make available to states, local governments, law enforcement agencies, and other concerned entities network training and information.
-Kristen's Act Reauthorization of 2011 - Directs the Attorney General to make competitive grants to public agencies and/or nonprofit private organizations to: (1) maintain a national resource center and database for tracking missing adults; and (2) provide assistance and to law enforcement agencies, families, and victim advocates in locating and recovering missing adults.
What can you do to help pass the Kristen's Act Reauthorization and National Silver Alert Act?
Please write to and/or call your U.S. Representatives and Senators and President Obama tell them to pass the Kristen's Act Reauthorization Act of 2011 (H.R. 112) Also ask your U.S. Representatives and Senators to co-sponsor the Kristen's Act Reauthorization Act of 2011 (H.R. 112).
Also please sign the online petition below.