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    Families of the Missing Need Ur Help Now: Support HR 3695!

    Websleuths Members & Guests, Please Help! Less Than 1 Minute Of Your Time Can Make All The Difference for the Missing and their Families!

    H.R. 3695, also known as The Help Find The Missing Act (Billy's Law)
    is now before the US House of Representatives. It will help close the gaps in the uniform reporting of missing persons, no matter who they are, in order to expedite investigations and identifications if passed. Click here to view this very important bill.

    Having received Tricia's approval, I'm asking that you submit your name, email and mailing address right now, while the bill is before the house, by clicking here. When you do, a letter will be sent to your Federal Congressman asking that he/she support the bill. You don't even have to sign up for an account to just enter these 4 things. 5,000 people are needed so please copy/paste content about this bill into an email to everyone you know.

    H.R. 3695 is endorsed by: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Doe Missing Persons Network, Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, Inc., National Center for Forensic Science, Forensic Science Technology Center, National Order of Police, National Associations of Police Organizations (NAPO) click here to see their letter, Peace4TheMissing, Please Help Find The Missing Group, Project EDAN, Connecticut Department of Public Safety, Fraternal Order of Police, National Associations of Police Organizations (NAPO), Connecticut Department of Public Safety, Center for Hope, CUECENTER, LostNMissing Inc., Sponsored by Representatives Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Ted Poe (R-TX) and Cosponsored by Walt Minnick (ID-I), Ed Whitfield (R-KY)

    An Overview of H.R. 3695 The Help Find The Missing Act (Billy's Law)
    Every year tens of thousands of Americans go missing, never to be seen by their loved ones again. Additionally, there are also an estimated 40,000 sets of unidentified human remains that are being held or disposed of across the country. Sadly, because of gaps in the nation's missing persons systems, missing persons and unidentified remains are rarely matched. The Help Find the Missing Act (Billy's Law) is an effort to fix these gaps. 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.

    This legislation is named after Billy Smolinski of Waterbury, Connecticut who went missing on August 24, 2004 at the age of 31. Billy's family knows all-too-well the systemic challenges in trying to find the missing. They 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 don't 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.

    Billy’s Law builds upon recent efforts to address these issues by:
    • 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.
    Below is part of an email that I received from a wonderful woman and now, a good friend...Jan, Billy's mother. She's refering to the number of people who've completed their information.
    "...notice there are more new endorsements. There are MORE! YIPEEEE!"

    She sent the email when only 64 had entered their information and there it remains at last check. Her excitement is beautiful...it is excitment that maybe these
    improvements will help families in the future; families that share something in common...a loss no one should ever have to know.

    But we need many more (a minimum of 5000) so please help make the difference by telling your congressman that you want them to support this bill and copy/paste the content about this bill into an email and sent to everyone you know.

    Thank you.

    If you have any difficulty in getting redirected to any of the below by clicking on the underlined (and hyperlinked) text above, you can copy/paste the following into your browser address bar...
    View H.R. 3695 The Help Find the Missing Act (Billy's Law) at http://tinyurl.com/BillHR3695
    Enter your information to support the bill at http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/support_for_hr_3695_the_help_find_the_missing_act_ billys_lawView
    View the National Association of Police Organization's (NAPO) Endorsement Letter at http://tinyurl.com/NAPO-HR3695


    Last edited by Tricia; 11-08-2009 at 04:24 AM.
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    Bumping up so that we can get this bill passed!!! Please help make the difference!
    Want to Make a Difference? Here's Your Chance! Click HERE to Support Help Find the Missing Act - Billy's Law



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    Let's not let this fail! We help solve these - Let's Help the families

    Families of the Missing Need Ur Help Now: Support HR 3695!
    Websleuths Members & Guests, Please Help! Less Than 1 Minute Of Your Time Can Make All The Difference for the Missing and their Families!

    Jan Smolinski's Facebook Post because she's so saddened by people not taking action: Janice Smolinski WHAT I HAVE A HARD TIME DEALING WITH IS WHEN PEOPLE WANT SOMETHING FOR THEIR PLEASURE THEY WILL GO TO ANY EXTREME TO GET IT BUT WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY COMES TO HELP OTHERS OR SAVE A LIFE AND IT DOESN'T EFFECT THEM IT IS IGNORED BY MOST, SAD HOWEVER REALITY.

    Then listen to this. And listen to the words. Do we care? Please take the less than a minute
    YouTube- Music For The Missing Children 007

    Please take time for this and sign the bill http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/support_for_hr_3695_the_help_find_the_missing_act_ billys_law

    H.R. 3695, also known as the Help Find The Missing Act (Billy's Law)
    is now before the US House of Representatives. It'll help close gaps in the uniform reporting of missing persons, no matter who they are, in order to expedite investigations and identifications if passed. Click here to view this very important bill.

    Having received Tricia's approval, I'm asking that you submit your name, email and mailing address right now, while the bill is before the house, by clicking here. When you do, a letter will be sent to your US Congressman asking them to support the bill. People have received emails and return phone calls from their reps.

    H.R. 3695 is endorsed by: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Doe Missing Persons Network, Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, Inc., National Center for Forensic Science, Forensic Science Technology Center, National Order of Police, National Associations of Police Organizations (NAPO) click here to see their letter, Peace4TheMissing, Please Help Find The Missing Group, Project EDAN, Connecticut Department of Public Safety, Fraternal Order of Police, National Associations of Police Organizations (NAPO), Connecticut Department of Public Safety, Center for Hope, CUECENTER, LostNMissing Inc., Sponsored by Representatives Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Ted Poe (R-TX) and Cosponsored by Walt Minnick (ID-I), Ed Whitfield (R-KY)

    An Overview of H.R. 3695 the Help Find The Missing Act (Billy's Law)
    Every year tens of thousands of Americans go missing, never to be seen by their loved ones again. Additionally, there are also an estimated 40,000 sets of unidentified human remains that are being held or disposed of across the country. Sadly, because of gaps in the nation's missing persons systems, missing persons and unidentified remains are rarely matched. The Help Find the Missing Act (Billy's Law) is an effort to fix these gaps. 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.

    This legislation is named after Billy Smolinski of Waterbury, Connecticut who went missing on August 24, 2004 at the age of 31. Billy's family knows all-too-well the systemic challenges in trying to find the missing. They 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 don't 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.

    Billy’s Law builds upon recent efforts to address these issues by:
    • 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.

    Below is part of an email that I received from a wonderful woman and now, a good friend...Jan, Billy's mother. She's refering to the number of people who've completed their information.
    "...notice there are more new endorsements. There are MORE! YIPEEEE!"

    She sent the email when only 64 had entered their information and there it remains at last check. Her excitement is beautiful...it is excitment that maybe these improvements will help families in the future; families that share something in common...a loss no one should ever have to know.

    But we need many more (a minimum of 5000) so please help make the difference by telling your congressman that you want them to support this bill and copy/paste the content about this bill into an email and sent to everyone you know.

    Thank you.

    If you have any difficulty in getting redirected to any of the below by clicking on the underlined (and hyperlinked) text above, you can copy/paste the following into your browser address bar...
    View H.R. 3695 The Help Find the Missing Act (Billy's Law) at http://tinyurl.com/BillHR3695
    Enter your information to support the bill at http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/support_for_hr_3695_the_help_find_the_missing_act_ billys_law View the National Association of Police Organization's (NAPO) Endorsement Letter at http://tinyurl.com/NAPO-HR3695

    Last edited by KateB; 04-04-2015 at 04:54 AM. Reason: repair url tag.
    Want to Make a Difference? Here's Your Chance! Click HERE to Support Help Find the Missing Act - Billy's Law



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    Watch Kesse's & Smolinski's testify in DC 2morrow
    The Smolinski's and Kesse's will be testifying in DC tomorrow. Their testimony will be in support of improving systems for locating the missing and more specifically to ask the subcommittee that's currently reviewing HR3695, The Help Find the Missing Act (Billy's Law) to recommend it pass into legislation.

    The session is slated to begin at 10:15AM. You can tune into the session by going to this link http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/calendar.html and clicking on the "Watch Video Broadcast" bug!

    A large push has been in play to get the subcommittee members who sit on this group to attend - they are not required even though you'd hope they'd make it a priority...

    Please contact your federal congressman and ask that they co-sponsor this bill if improving systems for locating the missing and unidentified is important to you. If you do not have the name of your federal congressman, I can let you know who it is. I also have an excel spreadsheet with the names of all congressman and their direct phone numbers. BTW, there are 425+ US Federal congressman - we've managed to get close to 15 to commit to co-sponsoring. If the bill doesn't pass, it is not for lack of trying - it is for lack of momentum and public outreach assistance to say 'We have had it and we want human beings to take priority'. The process for getting a bill through legislation is long - someone asked if there's a deadline. There isn't...but shouldn't there be! Make the deadline today and get on the phone to your congressman. They are here to be our voice or so we're told.
    Michelle
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    Time change late tonight

    Tomorrow's (Thurs, 1/21) testimony will now begin at 11AM EST vs 10:15. Here's the link again in case you'd like to tune in to watch the Smolinski's and Kesse's testify!

    http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/calendar.html
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    6 years since Billy went missing. Wishing for answers so his family can have him home, give him a proper burial and have justice served.

    Please keep them in your prayers.

    Watch news coverage of the vigil that was held to honor him as the family approaches this 6 year mark.
    http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/l..._Hartford.html

    http://www.courant.com/videobeta/786...Smolinski-8-22

    And please take a minute to help get Help Find the Missing (Billy's Law) passed through the senate -- click my sig link below.
    Want to Make a Difference? Here's Your Chance! Click HERE to Support Help Find the Missing Act - Billy's Law





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