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The AMBER Advocate, Volume 3, Issue 3, October 2009

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October 2009
12 pages
This issue of the Amber Advocate, which reports on matters pertinent to the AMBER Alert's efforts to quickly respond to suspected child abductions, provides a preview of the 2009 National AMBER Alert Symposium (October 27-29) and reports on the implementation of the AMBER Alert internationally and in various areas of the United States.
The 2009 National AMBER Alert symposium begins October 27 in Tampa, FL, where it will offer the latest tools, technology, and strategies for helping to recover abducted children. Training sessions have been developed for partners working with Indian Tribes, border States, and international border issues. Presentations will address AMBER Alert coordinators, broadcasters and media members, coordinators of child abduction response teams and senior law enforcement officers, family victims of abductions, transportation officials, and State missing children clearinghouse directors. In addition to the symposium preview, this issue describes the efforts of United States and Mexican law enforcement officials to cooperate in increasing the effectiveness of the AMBER Alert in stopping cross-border child abductions. Another article describes how AMBER Alert plans in three States were activated to save a toddler abducted in Yreka, CA, on March 2, 2009. This article is followed by one that describes the efforts of Baja California Attorney General Rommel Moreno Manjarrez to establish the first AMBER Alert program in Mexico on May 13, 2009. Other articles address how to keep broadcasters involved during AMBER Alerts, the use of bloodhounds in searches for abducted children in New Mexico, efforts to develop child-abduction plans in European countries, and efforts among Indian tribes along the U.S.-Mexican border to use the AMBER Alert in cross-border parental child abductions. A concluding article outlines tips for making AMBER Alert plans more effective.

Date Published: October 1, 2009