AMBER Alert International – Fall 2018

The Bahamas launches child abduction alert system The Bahamas started a pilot child abduction alert program in July 2018, similar to the U.S. AMBER Alert. The country is calling the notifications “Marco’s Alert,” after 11-year-old Marco Archer who disappeared and was later found dead in 2011. The public has to opt-in to receive the alert […]

AMBER Alert International – Summer 2018

Peru announces AMBER Alert system Peru has launched an AMBER Alert system to help find missing and abducted children immediately after police are notified of their disappearance. Under the previous law, police had to wait 24 hours before they began looking for a missing child. Peru Minister Board President César Villanueva said he will also […]

The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

Since 2007, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) has served as an international point-of-contact, providing technical assistant to countries for the development of Rapid Emergency Child Alert Systems. Since 2016, ICMEC has partnered with Facebook to assist in spreading AMBER Alerts on its social media platform. As of May 2018, the following […]

AMBER Alert International – Spring 2018

AMBER Alert Europe Starts Task Force to Save More Missing Children AMBER Alert Europe launched a task force on January 29, 2018, with a mission for saving missing children. The task force includes experts from the Czech Republic, Malta, Poland and the Netherlands. The task force provides a way to share information and best practices, […]

AMBER Alert International – Fall 2017

LITHUANIA HOSTS AMBER ALERT TRAINING FOR TEN EUROPEAN NATIONS Forty police officers as well as politicians from ten European countries met for an AMBER Alert training on October 24, 2017. Charlie Hedges, AMBER Alert Europe’s Police Network Coordinator, shared best practices on handling missing children cases at the meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania. “A quick risk […]

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AMBER Alert International – Spring 2017

CANADIAN SOCIAL WORKER SEEKS “ALEX ALERT” FOR MISSING AT-RISK CHILDREN A British Columbia social worker is hoping Canada will create a new alert for missing at-risk children that do not fit the criteria for an AMBER Alert. Patricia McDonald says an “Alex Alert” is needed to prevent what happened to Alexandra Radita 4 years ago. […]

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Representatives from the U.S., Canada and Mexico are working to make sure the AMBER Alert systems in their countries and bordering areas work seamlessly when cross-border child abduction cases occur. The 2017 AMBER Alert Symposium included a panel discussion about what is being done to return abducted children who are taken across a national border. […]

Parliament Chambers

AMBER Alert International – Winter 2017

European Countries Pledge to Do More to Help Missing Children Nine European countries have signed an agreement to work closely together to help find missing children taken across national borders. The joint declaration was signed in November 2016 by Ministers of Interior Affairs from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and […]

Janet Turnbull in Mexico

Faces of the AMBER Alert Network: Mexico

Janet Turnbull Janet Turnbull is doing her best to make sure borders never get in the way of finding an abducted child. Since 2013 she has been working in Mexico City, Mexico, as a legal advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training (OPDAT). Her focus is […]