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Special Feature: Missing Kids - AMBER Alert Information

Created in 1996, America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.

The Department of Justice's AMBER Alert Web site provides information about and resources for the AMBER Alert Program, including a directory of State contacts, information on how to view active AMBER Alerts, and access to statistics concerning AMBER Alerts and program results.

Publications

AMBER Alert Report: Analysis of AMBER Alert Cases
Office of Justice Programs, Annual Report

AMBER Alert: Best Practices
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2012

The AMBER Plan
Federal Communications Commission, May 2011

Guide for Implementing or Enhancing an Endangered Missing Advisory
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, March 2011

AMBER Alerts for Abducted Children Now Available on Facebook (from OJJDP News @ A Glance, January/February 2011)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, November 2010

AMBER Alert Trainings Continue To Address Cross-Border Abductions (from OJJDP News @ A Glance, July/August 2010)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, July 2010

AMBER Alert Program Helps Recover Nearly 500 Children (from OJJDP News @ A Glance, January/February 2010)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, February 2010

AMBER Alert Frequently Asked Questions
Spanish Version - Preguntas Frecuentes Sobre Alertas AMBER
U.S. Department of Justice, January 2010

AMBER Alert Timeline
U.S. Department of Justice, January 2010

AMBER Alert Secondary Distributors
Office of Justice Programs, January 2010

AMBER Alert Reaches Indian Country
Office of Justice Programs, 2009

Bringing Abducted Children Home
Spanish version - Dedicada a regresar a casa los ninos secuestrados
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, July 2006

Best Practices Guide for Public Information Officers
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, July 2006

AMBER Alert National Strategy
Office of Justice Programs, 2006

Best Practices Guide for Broadcasters and Other Media Outlets
Spanish version - Guia de las mejores practicas para radiodifusores y otros medios de comunicacion
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, April 2005

Effective Use of NCIC (National Crime Information Center)
Spanish version - Uso eficaz del NCIC Centro Nacional de Informacion Criminal
Office of Justice Programs, April 2005

U.S. Department of Justice Recommended AMBER Alert Criteria
Spanish version - Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos Criterios recomendados para la Alerta AMBER
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, April 2005

Final Report: AMBER, Emergency, and Travel Time Messaging Guidance for Transportation Agencies
U.S. Department of Transportation, May 2004

The AMBER Advocate Newsletter

The AMBER Advocate, Fall 2013
U.S. Department of Justice, September 2013

The AMBER Advocate, Summer 2013
U.S. Department of Justice, 2013

The AMBER Advocate, Spring 2013
U.S. Department of Justice, 2013

The AMBER Advocate, Fall/Winter 2012
U.S. Department of Justice, 2012

The AMBER Advocate, Spring/Summer 2012
U.S. Department of Justice, 2012

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 5, Issue 3
U.S. Department of Justice, December 2011

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 5, Issue 2
U.S. Department of Justice, September 2011

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 5, Issue 1
U.S. Department of Justice, March 2011

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 4, Issue 3
U.S. Department of Justice, December 2010

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 4. Issue 2
U.S. Department of Justice, August 2010

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 4, Issue 1 
U.S. Department of Justice, April 2010

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 3, Issue 4 
U.S. Department of Justice, January 2010

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 3, Issue 3
U.S. Department of Justice, October 2009

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 3, Issue 2
U.S. Department of Justice, June 2009

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 3, Issue 1
U.S. Department of Justice, April 2009

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 2, Issue 3
U.S. Department of Justice, October 2008

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 1, Issue 4
U.S. Department of Justice, November 2007

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 1, Issue 3
U.S. Department of Justice, September 2007

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 1, Issue 2
U.S. Department of Justice, May 2007

The AMBER Advocate, Volume 1, Issue 1
U.S. Department of Justice, December 2006

Related Resources

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
The NCMEC mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them. The NCMEC site contains information about the AMBER Alert Program.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP supports states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The OJJDP Web site provides links to programs, publications, and press releases related to missing children and also includes information about the National Missing Children's Day poster contest.

Links from the NCJRS Web site to non-Federal sites do not constitute an endorsement by NCJRS or its sponsors. NCJRS is not responsible for the content or privacy policy of any off-site pages that are referenced, nor does NCJRS guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or correct sequencing of information. NCJRS is also not responsible for the use of, or results obtained from the use of, the information. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from non-Federal sites.