Amber Alert Plays a Role in Rescue of Missing California Teen


The Amber Alert system played a role in the rescue of California teenager abducted by a family friend, and the Christian Science Monitor says the broadened use of the children-at-risk messages in social media and on mobile devices has increased its effectiveness. The Amber Alert program was set up in 1996 following the abduction and murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman in Arlington, Texas. It has helped rescue 600 children, according to its administrators.

The program is described by the nonprofit National Center for Missing & Exploited Children as “a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.” The program, which is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, is now active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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