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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: April 25, 2016 02:41 PM
From: Representative Karen Boback
To: All House members
Subject: National Missing Children's Day - May 25, 2016

In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution that will recognize May 25, 2016, as “National Missing Children’s Day.”

As you may know, between 1979 and 1981, several high profile missing children cases and 29 murders of children and young adults in Atlanta, Georgia caught America’s attention about the lack of coordinated efforts between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to search for missing children. This resulted in Congress enacting the Missing Children’s Act which allows information on missing children to be put into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, or NCIC.

In 1984 the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was created to support law enforcement, families, and professionals who assist them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. According to NCMEC, there are approximately 800,000 children reported missing. More than 200,000 of these children are victims of abductions by family members, 58,000 children are abducted by nonfamily members, and an estimated 115 children are victims of “stereotypical” kidnappings – the kidnapper was not an acquaintance or someone the child knew. To date, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement in recovering 193,705 missing children since it was founded.

My resolution will not only continue to recognize May 25 as “National Children’s Day.” It will also remind and encourage local governments, communities and law enforcement throughout this Commonwealth to take time out of our day to talk with our children about child abduction and sexual exploitation and how to respond and seek help.

Please join me in sponsoring this resolution to bring awareness to the importance of our missing children across the Commonwealth. I look forward to your support on this very important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HR898