WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science which has funding responsibility for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), cheered the announcement today that Facebook, Inc. will partner with NCMEC to send AMBER Alert notifications to Facebook users in designated search areas. Fattah is a long-time proponent of the AMBER Alert program and has helped secure millions in grant funding for the development of state programs that support AMBER Alert communications:
"I commend Facebook for taking this bold and important step to expand the reach of the critically important AMBER Alerts. While thousands of young people go missing each day, we know that quick response and an informed community can greatly increase the chances that a child is found and safely returned home. The ability for Facebook users to swiftly and efficiently receive AMBER Alert notifications on their news feed could be invaluable to future search efforts.
"As a long-time advocate for NCMEC, I remain encouraged by the success of the AMBER Alert program—728 children have been recovered as a result—and applaud the continued development of the AMBER network. I am proud to see private companies, like Facebook, continue to use their technological platforms in partnership with the public sector to do good and advance our nation's public safety efforts."
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah