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Recovery of Missing Children Highlighted

A resolution (H. Res. 605) highlighting efforts to speed the recovery of abducted children was approved, by voice vote, by the House on October 24.

Sponsored by Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM), the nonbinding resolution expresses support for nationwide use of an approach known as the Amber Plan, in honor of Amber Hagerman, who was abducted and killed at age nine in Texas. The resolution states that the lives of at least nine children have been saved with the plan already.

Rep. Wilson said, “When a child is reported abducted, law enforcement notifies local television and radio stations. Both TV and radio announcements are broadcast, describing the child and other details; the public is given a phone number to call if they see the child.” She added that the resolution “calls upon communities across the U.S. to implement their own Amber alert programs.”

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