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DOJ Employee Honored Nationally FOR WORK WITH MISSING CHILDREN AND ADULTS

 

Susan A. WhiteHorse to be Named 2007 Missing Child State Clearinghouse Coordinator of the Year by U.S. DOJ.

 

MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Susan A. WhiteHorse of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has been named winner of the 2007 Missing Child State Clearinghouse Coordinator of the year award, selected by the United States Department of Justice (US - DOJ).

 

WhiteHorse coordinates the DOJ Missing Child and Adult State Clearinghouse and administers the state Amber Alert Program. The Clearinghouse serves as a resource for both law enforcement and families in investigating cases involving missing and exploited children and adults. It also works in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and forms part of a nationwide network that works to reunite missing and abducted children with their families. The Amber Alert Program is a collaborative partnership between law enforcement agencies and broadcasters to alert the general public when a child is abducted.

 

WhiteHorse will receive this distinguished award in recognition of her work managing the Clearinghouse. Among her many accomplishments, WhiteHorse has developed unique programs for missing and exploited children in Native American tribal communities and played a significant role in establishing a Child Abduction Response Team.

 

"I am delighted and very proud that the vitally important work Susan WhiteHorse is doing in Wisconsin is being recognized at the national level," Van Hollen said. "Susan's dedication to missing and exploited children is an inspiration to all of us working in law enforcement to bring missing children home and make Wisconsin a safer place for our citizens."

 

Last year DOJ-Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), which oversees the Clearinghouse, took on 120 missing child cases, and an 20 additional missing adult cases, for a total of 140. The National Crime Information Center reports there are currently over 100,000 missing persons nationwide, including 1,264 Wisconsin cases. Wisconsin has 1,003 reported cases of missing children.

 

On Thursday, May 10, 2007, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., in the State Capitol Rotunda in Madison, Van Hollen will present the keynote address and be joined by Wisconsin law enforcement officers working on behalf of missing children and adults at a special commemoration: Wisconsin's Missing Children & Adults Ceremony.

 

WhiteHorse has served with DOJ - DCI for approximately 30 years. When DCI was given responsibility for the Wisconsin Clearinghouse in 1999, WhiteHorse was assigned as the Clearinghouse Manager, an assignment that she has held since then.

 

WhiteHorse will join coordinators from across the country at a National Missing Children's Day Ceremony in Washington on May 18, 2007, where the award will be formally acknowledged.

 

MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Susan A. WhiteHorse of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has been named winner of the 2007 Missing Child State Clearinghouse Coordinator of the year award, selected by the United States Department of Justice (US - DOJ).

 

WhiteHorse coordinates the DOJ Missing Child and Adult State Clearinghouse and administers the state Amber Alert Program. The Clearinghouse serves as a resource for both law enforcement and families in investigating cases involving missing and exploited children and adults. It also works in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and forms part of a nationwide network that works to reunite missing and abducted children with their families. The Amber Alert Program is a collaborative partnership between law enforcement agencies and broadcasters to alert the general public when a child is abducted.

 

WhiteHorse will receive this distinguished award in recognition of her work managing the Clearinghouse. Among her many accomplishments, WhiteHorse has developed unique programs for missing and exploited children in Native American tribal communities and played a significant role in establishing a Child Abduction Response Team.

 

"I am delighted and very proud that the vitally important work Susan WhiteHorse is doing in Wisconsin is being recognized at the national level," Van Hollen said. "Susan's dedication to missing and exploited children is an inspiration to all of us working in law enforcement to bring missing children home and make Wisconsin a safer place for our citizens."

 

Last year DOJ-Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), which oversees the Clearinghouse, took on 120 missing child cases, and an 20 additional missing adult cases, for a total of 140. The National Crime Information Center reports there are currently over 100,000 missing persons nationwide, including 1,264 Wisconsin cases. Wisconsin has 1,003 reported cases of missing children.

 

On Thursday, May 10, 2007, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., in the State Capitol Rotunda in Madison, Van Hollen will present the keynote address and be joined by Wisconsin law enforcement officers working on behalf of missing children and adults at a special commemoration: Wisconsin's Missing Children & Adults Ceremony.

 

WhiteHorse has served with DOJ - DCI for approximately 30 years. When DCI was given responsibility for the Wisconsin Clearinghouse in 1999, WhiteHorse was assigned as the Clearinghouse Manager, an assignment that she has held since then.

 

WhiteHorse will join coordinators from across the country at a National Missing Children's Day Ceremony in Washington on May 18, 2007, where the award will be formally acknowledged.