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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Urges Wisconsin Families to Remember National Missing Children's Day


May 25 is recognized as National Missing Children's Day.


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is urging Wisconsin families to remember this Friday as National Missing Children's Day. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th National Missing Children's Day in 1983.


Today, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will hold its annual National Missing Children's Day ceremony at the Great Hall in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, we'll remember the more than 950 children missing from our state.


“As a parent, I have deep sympathy for the families of those with children and loved ones who are missing. As a law enforcement official, I salute the many investigators who work relentlessly to bring our missing children home, and I pledge that we at the Department of Justice stand ready to answer the call to assist whenever it may come,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.


The Department of Justice operates the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults, the state's AMBER Alert Program and its annual poster contest for 5th graders. Since 2003, when it was established, Wisconsin's AMBER Alert program has been activated more than 20 times.


Last fall, the Department of Justice unveiled its Crime Alert Network. With the new network, local law enforcement officers across Wisconsin may issue alerts -- at no cost to them -- by fax, e-mail or text message to subscribers. Anyone may subscribe and receive alerts, designed to help locate missing people, track down suspects or stolen property, and prevent crime. And, our Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a national leader in identifying offenders using the Internet or other online technology to sexually exploit children.