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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Friday, April 1, 2011
  • Contact: Office of Justice Programs
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Weekly News Brief

New Tool Helps Law Enforcement Find Missing Children and Adults— The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Guide for Implementing or Enhancing an Endangered Missing Advisory (EMA) will help law enforcement agencies notify the public of missing persons cases not meeting strict criteria for an AMBER Alert. The guide will be distributed to AMBER Alert coordinators and law enforcement partners. Both the AMBER Alert and the EMA programs include an agreement between local law enforcement and broadcasters to issue an urgent missing persons bulletin. An AMBER Alert can be issued when a case meets specific criteria, such as confirmation by law enforcement that a child younger than 17 has been abducted and is at risk for serious injury or death. The guide is available at: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/232001.pdf. The criteria for issuing an AMBER Alert are located at: http://www.amberalert.gov/faqs.htm.

BJS Report Finds Workplace Homicide Decreases — Workplace homicides decreased by 51 percent from a high of 1,068 homicides in 1993 to 521 homicides in 2009, according to Workplace Violence, 1993-2009. Other findings in this Bureau of Justice Statistics report include: more than 572,000 nonfatal violent crimes—rape, robbery, or assault—occurred against persons age 16 or older while at work or on duty. The report also noted that law enforcement personnel, security guards and bartenders had the highest rates of nonfatal workplace violence, while people in retail sales occupations had the highest rate of nonfatal nonworkplace violence. http://www.bjs.gov/

Tribal Solicitation Deadline is April 21— The application deadline for the Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) is 9 p.m. (EST) on Thurs., April 21. CTAS centralizes information about the Department of Justice's grants related to tribal governments, including those administered by the Office of Justice Programs, the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office and the Office on Violence Against Women. For more information, call (800)421–6770 or send questions to tribalgrants@usdoj.gov.

Upcoming Events:

Summit on Preventing Youth Violence, April 4-5, Washington, D.C.

Teams from Boston; Chicago; Detroit; Memphis, Tenn.; Salinas, Calif.; and San Jose, Calif., will present comprehensive plans to prevent youth violence in their cities at the Summit on Preventing Youth Violence April 4-5, in Washington, D.C. In addition, Mayors from these six cities, the Forum's federal partners, and representatives of a number of foundations will participate in the summit.

On Monday, April 4, 2011, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske; and Members of Congress will speak at the summit, along with the Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries (2001) and the Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles.
On Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder and Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., will speak at the summit.

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National Crime Victims' Rights Week Prelude Events, April 7-8, Washington, D.C.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Laurie O. Robinson, OJP's Assistant Attorney General, will participate in two prelude events on Thurs., April 7, and Fri., April 8, in Washington, D.C., to launch the 2011 observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 10-16, 2011. http://www.ncvrw.org.

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