Featured Content April 30, 2019 – The PROTECT Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush on April 30, 2003
"No child should ever have to experience the terror of abduction, or worse... This law marks important progress in the protection of America's children."
"PROTECT" is a backronym which stands for "Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to end the Exploitation of Children Today." This act marked important progress in the protection of America's children, and gave law enforcement authorities valuable new tools to prevent, deter, investigate, prosecute and punish violent crimes committed against children as well as strengthening programs, and addressing deficiencies in Federal sentencing policies and practices.
The PROTECT Act codified the previously established National AMBER (America's Missing:Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert Coordinator's role in the Department of Justice, and tasked the Coordinator with facilitating the development of the AMBER network, providing regional coordination and establishing guidance on criteria for issuing an AMBER Alert. Most state guidelines adhere closely to the U.S. Department of Justice's recommended guidelines.
Sources: White House Archives and, AMBER Alert Timeline (Dept. of Justice)
AMBER Alert Statistics
- As of April 2019, 957 children rescued specifically because of AMBER Alert
- As of March 2019, there are 83 AMBER Plans throughout the United States
- As of April 2018, 56 children have been rescued because of Wireless Emergency Alerts
(Source: U.S. Department of Justice)
- Protect Safe Childhood - A nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice
- National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction - A Report to Congress- April 2016 (Department of Justice)
- Child Welfare Information Gateway - The Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. (Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Servies)
- Visit the Dept. of Justice’s AMBER Alert website for a wealth of information including, “AMBER Alert Factsheets," “Guidelines for Issuing AMBER Alerts," and their “Toolkit for Raising Awareness."