The U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of drawing attention to
important social causes by issuing the AMBER Alert stamp in 2006 to honor
a program dedicated to the rapid recovery of abducted children. AMBER
stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.
Law enforcement officials will issue an AMBER Alert when they have
sufficient information regarding the circumstances of an abduction and
believe that the kidnapped child is in imminent danger of serious injury
or death. A description of the victim and the circumstances is then sent
to area radio and television stations via the Emergency Alert System and
is immediately broadcast to the general public.
The AMBER Alert program originated in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, area in
1996 after the tragic kidnapping and murder of nine-year-old Amber
Hagerman, for whom the program is named. Other states and communities
soon began adopting similar plans, and by 2005 a national alert system
coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice extended across all 50
AMBER alerts, which have helped in the recovery of nearly 200 children,
can mobilize the community during the first critical hours following a
kidnapping and provide the police with a wide network of eyes and ears to
assist in the search.
Organizations that support the AMBER Alert program include the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Polly Klaas Foundation.
The chalk pastel illustration by artist Vivienne Flesher shows a reunited
mother and child entwined in each other’s arms. The type on each stamp
and text across the header of the stamp pane reads “AMBER ALERT saves
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