Petition Tag - hr 423

1. Support the National Center for Missing Adults (HR 423)

Kristen’s Law was Introduced by Representative Sue Myrick (R-NC) and signed by President Clinton in November 2000 establishing the first national clearinghouse for missing persons over the age of eighteen who have been determined by law enforcement to be at risk due to age, mental or physical disability (such as Alzheimer's disease), suspicious circumstances or when foul play is suspected.

Kristen’s Law was to appropriate $1 million per year to the National Center for Missing Adults to continue to provide national assistance to families of missing adults, law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and coroners. However, during the Bush Administration NCMA has experienced a significant reduction in federal funding from a $1 million per year appropriation to only $146,000 for year 2006.

It has been stated that the President’s non-domestic spending has affected thousands of nonprofits and crime related law enforcement programs throughout the country.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the assistance of NCMA was requested by the United States Attorney General's Office and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, United States Department of Justice. NCMA was asked to immediately provide assistance to individuals who were desperately searching for loved ones missing or displaced. NCMA responded and received 13,502 reports. In the months following NCMA resolved 99.8% of all reports received.

Providing this critical assistance cost NCMA depleted the agency's own reserve of non-governmental funds.

Who does this affect? The families of missing adults who suffer the trauma of ambiguous loss. For over 14 years, NCMA has been providing vital support services to families of the missing and the law enforcement community.

Kristen’s Law Reauthorization. H.R. 423, was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security in February 2007. It continues to sit idle! With only weeks left to pass this important piece of legislation the 110th Congress must take action and ensure NCMA’s services are available to missing adults, their families and law enforcement agencies nationwide.