Senator Mark Warner Seeks Update from Trump Administration on Ashanti Alert
Senator Mark Warner has written to Attorney General William Barr, seeking an update about how the U.S. Department of Justice is establishing the Ashanti Alert system.
“It has now been more than two months since the Ashanti Alert Act was signed into law, and I continue to consult with stakeholders who are eager to make progress in implementing this new network so we can start saving lives,” said Sen. Warner. “I remain strongly committed to the Ashanti Alert Act and plan to actively monitor its implementation to ensure that the Department, law enforcement agencies, and relevant entities and stakeholders can work together to make the Ashanti Alert network as helpful and effective as possible.”
In December, Congress passed legislation sponsored by Senator Warner, the Ashanti Alert Act of 2018. The new law requires the Department of Justice to establish a national communications network, named the Ashanti Alert, to assist regional and local search efforts for certain missing adults. Under the new law, the Attorney General must designate a national coordinator to work with states to establish Ashanti Alert systems and to develop voluntary guidelines that states (as well as territories) should use in creating their networks.