The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative and FirstPic, Inc., together with Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC), under the direction of the Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, are committed to the continued development and promulgation of the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative to establish and expand child recovery practices, capacity and resources.
Project History and Accomplishments
In 2007 the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), under the direction of Assistant Attorney General Regina B. Schofield, announced the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative to establish and expand child recovery practices, capacity and resources.
The primary mission of the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative was to design, develop and implement AMBER Alert Plans in Indian Country. Selected Tribal communities served as demonstration projects to other Native American communities.
Since 2007, 50 AMBER Alert plans have been developed in tribal communities and over 1,200 tribal officials and community members have attended training or participated in technical assistance programs. There have been 4 successful recoveries attributed to AMBER Alerts involving tribal communities and 12 tribal communities have developed Child Abduction Response Team (CART) Programs.
Tribal instructors, an Indian Country Intelligence Network, trackers for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, bloodhound donations to the tribes, Cold Case review, and over 200 infrastructure assessments in Indian Country are the results of the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative.
In 2010 the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) added a new initiative to bring the ICAC Program to Indian Country. The purpose of the ICAC in Indian Country is to assess the extent to which tribal youth are victims of, or at risk for, technology-facilitated sexual exploitation and assist the existing ICAC Task Forces and state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to effectively respond to the technology-facilitated exploitation of children in tribal communities.