The Wisconsin Department of Justice honors the families of Wisconsin’s missing children and adults.
At a ceremony at the State Capitol (Wednesday) — the 28th such event — Attorney General JB Van Hollen says it’s important to continue with future ceremonies so as to never forget those who are missing, and to prevent more people from going missing.
“Currently in Wisconsin missing children and adults total 1,111.”
Van Hollen says everyone needs to be proactive and reactive, citing as an example the DOJ’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which he says continues to grow in size, scope, and power. Kids need to be educated about the dangers on the Internet.
Van Hollen says, as a society, we can do so much more. “We have the ability to do more than a government can ever do or ever should do … from parents to neighbors to teachers to community-based organization leaders.”
The ceremony also pays tribute to the men and women of Wisconsin Law Enforcement who are dedicated to bringing home those who went missing.
Van Hollen also mentions the efforts of Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children & Adults, and the Wisconsin Amber Alert, and Take 25 Information.