Marc Klaas is a wonderful friend of Websleuths.com Marc came to me to ask for our help.
We need to make changes in this country to help protect our children even more. And our kids couldn't have a better advocate than Marc Klaas.
The Amber Alert is in danger of being pulled in some areas due to funding issues. We need to address human trafficking in our own country and we need a constitutional amendment that addresses victims rights. Please read Marc personal message and then please help if you can. It only takes a few mouse clicks. It costs you nothing but a moment of your time.
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The Citizen’s Briefing Book (http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/home) encourages people to, “Share your ideas on any issue facing the new administration, then rate or comment on other ideas. The best rated ideas will rise to the top -- and be gathered into a Citizen's Briefing Book to be delivered to President Obama after he is sworn in.”
So that our voice can be heard starting on day one, I would encourage you to log on, create an account if they don’t already have one and vote for my ideas. They include:
•A plan to save the Amber Alert by issuing special interest Amber Alert license plates
•A Victims’ Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution
•Re-direct funding for human trafficking victims to citizen (teen-age) victims who currently do not qualify for assistance because they are not immigrants.
A more detailed synopsis including category, issue, the time posted and text follows.
Save the Amber Alert
I am concerned that certain Amber Alert programs are in jeopardy of being eliminated. For example, there are indications that the cost of running Florida’s Amber Alert are so onerous that the FDLE will cut the Amber Alert along with a host of other public safety programs to save money.
Obviously, this is a reflection of both America’s tanking economy, the cash strapped position that the States find themselves in as well as realigned priorities. Therefore, I suggest the creation of a special interest license plate for the Amber Alert. The vast majority of states already produce special issue license plates that cover: cause-related issues, conservation, military, various organizations and educational institutions. A portion of the fees collected from the purchase of special interest license plates supports the cause the plate was designed to highlight.
There are many reasons why enough citizens, including me, would purchase Amber Alert special interest license plates:
•To make the program self sustainable;
•To allow for the improvement of the current Amber Alert Program;
•To and re-direct funds that currently fund Amber Alert Programs toward other critical public safety programs;
•Finally, to remind America that the Amber Alert is a vital, important and successful program that saves children’s lives.
Marc Klaas (PollyDad)
Victims’ Rights Amendment
Not my idea, but very worthy of consideration. Four amendments to the U.S. Constitution specifically address defendants’ rights, yet crime victims are never mentioned.
We need a constitutional amendment that gives victims the same dignity, respect, and rights afforded the other players in the criminal justice system. A constitutional amendment for victims’ rights includes three basic rights:
•The right to be informed;
•The right to be present;
•The right to be heard throughout the criminal justice process.
We should never lightly amend the United States Constitution. However, victims of crime will never be fairly treated by a system that does not afford them equal fundamental rights, and that can only be achieved through constitutional amendment. For instance, did you know that in 2007, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced approximately 23 million crimes, according to findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey:
•17.5 million (76%) property crimes
•5.2 million (23%) violent crimes
•194,100 (1%) personal thefts
Marc Klaas (PollyDad)
Citizen Sex Trafficking: Somebody’s Daughter
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) has been a U.S. legislative priority since 2000.
•It is based upon the presumption that large numbers of individuals are trafficked into the USA annually as labor and sex slaves.
•However, since 2000 estimates have been reduced from 50,000 to 14,500–17,500 individuals being trafficked into the USA every year.
•$528 million has been spent internationally to achieve the primary goals of protecting victims, prosecuting traffickers and preventing future incidents of human trafficking.
•By the end of 2007 only 1,362 victims of human trafficking had been certified, qualifying them to receive services and benefits.
•By the end of FY 2006, 123 human trafficking cases had been filed against 360 defendants, and 238 convictions had been achieved.
•That is a pitiful return on investment.
•The TVPA defines human sex trafficking as occurring when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.
•According to the National Runaway Switchboard between 1.6 and 2.8 million children run away annually in the United States and half of all runaways are girls.
•The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12-14; and that for boys, the entry age is slightly younger at ages 11-13.
•The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that there are as many as 300,000 child prostitutes in the United States right now.
•These children do not qualify for TVPA services because the certification is linked to immigrant status.
•Our trafficking priorities are wrong. We need to take care of our own citizens.
Marc Klaas (PollyDad)