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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:10 PM
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Schumer Announces Support For "Billy's Law" AKA also known as Help Find the Missing Act
This is a cause that is very dear to me. I volunteer with groups that try to match the missing with unidentified victims. I can attest that local law agencies are seriously hampered in their investigations, due to lack of funds.

Please contact your representatives, and voice your support for this bill's passage.

"WASHINGTON, DC ( release ) Monday, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced his support for legislation called "Billy's Law," also known as Help Find the Missing Act, to close loopholes in our national missing persons systems. Schumer has sponsored this legislation in the past, and his co-sponsorship this Congress comes in the wake of the recent death of George Delaney, a Rochester Institute of Technology student. When George Delany went missing on March 12th, RIT faculty and students joined with law enforcement and the community to search for him.

This week they wrote to Senator Schumer in support of Billys Law, after experiencing firsthand the gaps in our national missing person response system. Schumer states that the enactment of Billys Law will provide law enforcement officials with the tools and resources it needs to better conduct the search for missing adults.


Billys Law is named after Billy Smolinski of Waterbury, Connecticut who went missing on August 24, 2004 at the age of 31. Billys family quickly learned that while federal law mandates law enforcement report missing children, there are no such requirements for adults or unidentified bodies. Compounding this problem is the fact that local law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, and coroners, often dont have the resources or training to voluntarily report these cases. Finally, even when missing adults and remains are reported, the wide-range of unconnected federal, state, local, and non-profit databases to help match the missing with unidentified bodies, makes finding a match an often insurmountable challenge.

Senator Schumer has supported this legislation in the last Congress. Additionally, the bill has been endorsed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Fraternal Order of Police, National Association of Police Organizations, Connecticut Department of Public Safety, National Forensic Science Technology Center, National Center for Forensic Science, Doe Missing Persons Network, Center for Hope, Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, Inc., LostNMissing Inc., Project EDAN, CUE Center for the Missing Persons, Surviving Parents Coalition, and the National Association of Medical Examiners..."


If interested, you can read more about Billy Smolinski's case here:
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