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AMBER Alerts Now Available on Facebook

January 12, 2011

Assistant Attorney General Laurie RobinsonAt a news conference today, Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, joined representatives of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Facebook as they announced a partnership to enable 140 million Facebook users across the country to receive AMBER Alerts via their accounts.

The AMBER Alert program works to mobilize communities to search for and rescue abducted children. In serious child abduction cases, law enforcement issues bulletins that are distributed by media, the trucking industry, the wireless industry, and Internet service providers to a targeted audience. The AMBER Alert program has been credited with recovering 525 children.

Robinson remarked, "These efforts demonstrate the high priority this Administration places on child protection. While we can't fulfill every parent's dream and completely insulate children, we can promote programs and partnerships that protect children and help bring them home."


The press conference will be streamed live and archived at www.livestream.com/facebookdclive.

For more information about the AMBER Alert program, visit www.amberalert.gov.


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