In this final issue of 2022, The AMBER Advocate provides seven articles that were prepared under the Cooperative Agreement number 2020-MC-FX-K003 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.
This issue features the article, Driven to Succeed, about an Arizona Child Abduction Response Team (CART) that exemplifies the types of personnel, training, and support that produce effective CARTs. The Front Lines article spotlights the use of social media, describing how a runaway teen case turned into a human trafficking case that required an AMBER Alert after one of the missing girls posted a distress call on Snapchat. The issue features Denise O’Leary, who for 24 years served as the Emergency Alert Coordinator (EAC) for the Houston nonprofit Texas Center for the Missing (TCM), which functions as the Region 9 AMBER Alert coordination point for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Another article discusses California’s consideration of a Feather Alert for cases involving missing Indigenous people, as well as international updates on missing persons efforts. The Briefs section provides updates on AMBER Alert cases and other endangered missing persons work underway across the U.S., and the Training Spotlight highlights the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) and AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program (AATTAAP) work in Oregon.