AMBER Advocate — 2024 Issue 1

In this issue:

The first issue of 2024 looks at the top technological tools our experts believe should be on your radar. We also introduce you to Dr. Noelle Hunter, whose daughter, Muna, was abducted by her father to West Africa—a move that launched Dr. Hunter into international parental child abduction (IPCA) advocacy work (that was instrumental in Muna's safe recovery). We share the story of a toddler’s abduction in Mexico that unfolded during a conference on missing children—with U.S. government and AMBER Alert Training & Technical Assistance leaders present to experience the rescue of “Baby Angela” in real-time. The issue concludes with U.S., Indian Country, and International news briefs on other important AMBER Alert-related news.

As 2024 unfolds, consider our technology experts' top 5 “game-changing” innovations for law enforcement—from real-time license-plate readers to artificial intelligence. We also cover tech advancements in Indian Country and at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and highlight the latest trends in forensic genetic genealogy, policing dangerous apps, and more.

Mexican authorities had baby Angela in their caring hands 30 hours after the first Alerta Amber was activated.

After her parents were murdered, a missing infant is found safe thanks to Mexico’s media, the public, and AMBER Alert Coordinators—who acted while a conference on protecting children was in play with U.S. DOJ and AATTAP leaders in Monterrey.

After years of advocacy—and fighting to get her daughter home safely from Mali, West Africa—Dr. Noelle Hunter is turning to research to further highlight the harrowing issue of international parental child abduction.

Oneida Nation Police Lieutenant Justine Wheelock with a Technology Toolkit in Oneida, Wisconsin

Dozens of AATTAP/AIIC Technology Toolkits are now in the hands of Minnesota and Wisconsin Tribes.

Photo depicting how to spot fake missing child posters from NCMEC

Short news posts about AMBER Alert & child protection issues—from the United States.

Photo showing man reunited with mother after 42 years

Short news posts about about AMBER Alert & child protection issues—from around the world.

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