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OJJDP Observes AMBER Alert Awareness Day

JUVJUST - AMBER Alert statistics as of January 2, 2023

Join OJJDP in Observing AMBER Alert Awareness Day.

January 13 is AMBER Alert Awareness Day. The AMBER Alert early warning system notifies the public when a child has been abducted. It was named in remembrance of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas, on January 13, 1996. 

OJJDP has partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for over 30 years to help recover missing children and prevent child victimization. In fiscal year (FY) 2022, OJJDP awarded more than $38.7 million to NCMEC and $4.4 million to the National AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program. OJJDP also supports AMBER Alert programs in Tribal communities through its AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative.

Watch our updated video, "Keeping Hope Alive: The AMBER Alert Program," for the history of the AMBER Alert system. 


Date Published: January 13, 2023