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October 4, 2019

Senator Warner Demands Implementation Timeline for Ashanti Alert

by silveralertbill

Senator Mark Warner has been a tireless champion of missing persons and a strong advocate for implementation of the Ashanti Alert Act of 2018.

In March, Warner wrote to Attorney General William Barr, seeking an update on implementation of Ashanti Alert within the U.S. Department of Justice.

In early April, Warner urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund the Ashanti Alert program in order to speed its creation and implementation.

In late April, Warner met with the family of Ashanti Billie in Norfolk and urged the Trump administration to take expedited action on the implementation of Ashanti Alert.

In July, Senator Warner met with Deputy Attorney General Katherine Sullivan to discuss steps to implement the Ashanti Alert program within the U.S. Department of Justice. But following the meeting, further implementation was delayed, prompting Warner to increase his criticism of the Justice Department.

“The delayed implementation of this critical public safety program is costing lives,” wrote Warner in his letter. “In our meeting, Ms. Sullivan had shared with me a number of concrete steps she would be taking to speed up implementation, and relayed she understood the importance of getting this alert system up and running in each state. However, in the two months since that meeting, there has been little progress on any of the items we spoke about. As well, the department has subsequently failed to provide my office with any tangible updates or information in follow up emails.”

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