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Justice Resource Update Vol. 1 Issue 2 2007

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August 2007
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This Justice Resource Update is the second issue of this online newsletter from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and offers information for the criminal justice community.
The lead article recounts the 11 awards presented to law enforcement officers, missing children’s advocates, and citizens for their efforts to recover missing children. The awards ceremony was part of the May 18, 2007, annual National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony organized and hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice. Among this year’s award recipients were the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which received the Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award for its work in identifying and arresting a respiratory therapist who had molested children at the San Diego Children’s Hospital. Sergeant Mark Simpson (retired) of the Arlington, Texas Police Department was presented with the AMBER Alert Law Enforcement Award for his investigative work in the abduction and murder case of Amber Hagerman and for helping to develop the Nation’s first AMBER Alert program. Also honored was Clay Moore, a 13-year-old boy from Florida who was abducted at gunpoint but managed to escape and give authorities the information they needed to find and arrest the suspect. The newsletter also describes the new legal database--VictimLaw.Info--developed by the National Center for Victims of Crime in cooperation with the Office for Victims of Crime. The database houses over 15,000 victims’ rights statutes as well as tribal laws, constitutional amendments, court rules, and administrative code provisions. Training opportunities for victim service providers are described as is the Web Forum for victims of crime, an online national network of people who face similar challenges and experiences. Featured resources are also described and include the Think Before You Post ad campaign, the Take 25 effort to encourage parents to discuss child safety, and a directory that features the Federal agencies that work with missing children cases.

Date Published: August 1, 2007