Sunday, January 23, 2011
Please Voice Your Support of NamUs.gov and Billy's Law for The Families of the Missing
The following was written by Billy's Mother, Jan Smolinski ... http://peace4missing.ning.com/profiles/blogs/your-voice-counts-for-missing/edit
If anyone has watched the journey our family has taken to try and find a real person, disappeared, ignored by the authorities as a walk away, hurtful remarks made, evidence lost, entries wrong and incomplete, six years later and still the enormous up hill push just to bring my son home.
Please Help Find Our Missing Loved Ones
We are just a small example of the thousands of families who have to face the reality of a similar nightmare/silent crisis that faces our nation today.
Education is the key~~there is a centralized database that will help connect the dots possibly make matches or bring a loved one home called NamUs.
Imagine a person you love so dearly, a child perhaps (no matter the age they are always your child) go missing with very little attention ~ to then finally receive HOPE ... who would not stand up and say WAIT this is what we have been waiting for! ?? Perhaps a solution?
In our state of Connecticut, like most states, Billy has been missing for six years, but yet the state police ~ public safety ~ have not and will not put Billy as a missing person on their database because they say he is not their case. We questioned and were told Billy's case belongs in the lead agency database, ok, but the computers don't connect, so it will not work.
Our country is in desperate need of a new system, the disjointed, confusing process and tools currently available prior to the creation of NamUs were not working! And unfortunately, until more agencies are required to utilize NamUs (part of what Billy's Law would initiate) this broken, ineffective method will continue.
Now for the first time ever a centralized database is available and incentives are needed to help train law enforcement and medical examiners/coroners how to enter the information and take DNA samples, put into the proper databases, results that are much needed, a resolution for the family of a missing loved one may be possible, it is proven to have worked already.
A missing person DOES NOT have to be deceased for this to work.
Check your local or state clearinghouses, look at the disaster of information entered ... see for yourself the tangled web of missing pieces, entries here there and everywhere and dead ends ... it doesn't make sense.
You decide ... is this the kind of system you'd want to put the majority of your hopes for finding your missing loved one into??
If you say I don't have to worry about this it won't happen to my family, think again ~ NO ONE IS EXEMPT!!
It is time to wake up!
It is time to get the ball rolling and support the best database to date.
If law enforcement is here to serve and protect then lets educate them how to help serve and protect. It is not their fault if they are not trained, incentives are needed to help in the process.
It is 2010, this is why we in this country need S3019 ~ Help Find the Missing Act ~ Billy's Law.
Billy's Law (The Help Find the Missing Act) is a proposed bill that was created in order to strengthen and increase utilization of our National Missing Persons Database (NamUs.Gov)
More info can be found on PEACE4 THE MISSING
Voice Platform and Support Network for Families of Missing and Victims of Crime
Peace4 Page on Facebook ... http://www.facebook.com/pages/Peace4-the-Missing/114101641947