Senator Mark Warner Urges Full Funding and Implementation of Ashanti Alert
Two United States Senators, Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) have urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund a new federal office to find missing adults.
In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senators Warner and Blumenthal write “it is imperative that the Ashanti Alert Act receives sufficient funding in order to advance its goals of transforming the lives and safety of Americans. Fully funding this program ensures that the Department of Justice, law enforcement agencies, and relevant entities and stakeholders have the necessary resources to make the Ashanti Alert network as helpful and effective as possible.”
The Ashanti Alert Act 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.
President Donald Trump signed the Ashanti Alert Act into law in December 2018. But to date, the U.S. Department of Justice has not made an effort to implement the law. In March, Senator Warner wrote to Attorney General William Barr seeking an update on the implementation of Ashanti Alert at the U.S. Department of Justice.