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Posts from the ‘Silver Alert Legislation’ Category

4
Oct

Senator Warner Demands Implementation Timeline for Ashanti Alert

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.”

6
Aug

Senator Mark Warner Meets with Justice Department on Ashanti Alert

After repeated efforts to prompt action, Senator Mark Warner met with Principal Deputy Attorney General Katherine Sullivan on July 29 to discuss implementation of the Ashanti Alert Act of 2018.

Following the meeting, Senator Warner followed up with a letter to memorialize the meeting.

“As I stated during our conversation, I remain strongly committed to monitoring its implementation and ensuring that the network can start saving lives soon. It was heartening to hear that as designated national coordinator, you are committed to swiftly implementing this potentially lifesaving system by working in collaboration with states to ensure that Ashanti Alert systems are established across the country with proper network guidelines,” wrote Sen. Warner.

Warner also contrasted the slow federal response with success in implementing a state-level system to find missing adults. “Last year, Virginia successfully established its own Ashanti Alert system in only three months. Since then, the Commonwealth has sent out a number of alerts, some of which have helped find missing or endangered adults alive in under 24 hours. As we discussed, I believe that the officials in Virginia could provide valuable guidance to you and other states, so I urge you to seek out their guidance regarding this matter,” wrote Sen. Warner.

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.

26
Jul

American Silver Alert Coalition Profiled

The American Silver Alert Coalition was the subject of a recent profile by Considerable.com regarding the growth of Silver Alerts in the United States.

The requirements for a Silver Alert vary from state to state. Wyeth Ruthven, executive director at the American Silver Alert Coalition, told Considerable, “The key differential is the qualifying criteria for an endangered senior or adult. Some states require prior medical documentation of a mental or developmental impairment. Others apply to anyone over the age of 65. Still others apply to any adult of any age.”

Read more at Considerable.com.