Help Find the Missing Act
Have you heard about H.R. 3695, the "Help Find the Missing Act (Billy's Law)," introduced by Representatives Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Ted Poe(R-TX)? An amazing woman, mother, advocate for missing and unsolved murders, Janice Smolinski is the creator of this ground breaking legislation. Her son Billy has been missing since 2004.
Your help is important in the passage of this law. Please consider passing it around in your communities, at your place of worship, on grocery bulletin boards, doctors office, at your place of work, commuter train stations, blogs, facebook, websites and where you think someone will read and take action by signing the petition and creating a national movement for change.
Presently, there are many missing that may be left unattended in a morgue, unidentified. Fact is, 200 unidentified bodies are in Florida, right now from the 60's and 70's.
In Los Angeles, there are 4815 unclaimed. We want to help families to have the resources so that we can lessen the burden on the system as well as bringing loved ones home for a proper burial.
H.R. 3695 is a bill in which we are striving towards federal legislation, not state-to-state.
Please review the below and help by supporting H.R. 3695
Authorizing, and therefore helping to ensure funding for, the National Missing Persons and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), which was created in July 2007 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide a missing persons/unidentified database that the public could access and contribute;
Connecting NamUs with the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in order to create more comprehensive missing persons and unidentified remains databases and streamlining the reporting process for local law enforcement;
Creating an incentive grants program to help states, local law enforcement and medical examiners/coroners report missing persons and unidentified remains to NCIC, NamUs, and the National DNA Index System (NDIS);
Calling on the DOJ to issue guidelines and best practices on handling missing persons and unidentified remains cases in order to empower law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners to help find the missing.
Current Cosponsors: Walt Minnick (ID-I), Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
We are appreciative of the endorsement for H.R. 3695 from the National Associations of Police Organizations. (NAPO). Please click here to read their endorsement letter.