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AMBER Alert Program

AMBER Alert logo The AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.

AMBER Alerts are broadcast through radio, television, road signs and all available technology referred to as the AMBER Alert Secondary Distribution Program. These broadcasts let law enforcement use the eyes and ears of the public to help quickly locate an abducted child. The U.S. Department of Justice coordinates the AMBER Alert program on a national basis.

The AMBER Alert Program was named in honor of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman who was abducted while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and was later found murdered. The program is used in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Learn more about AMBER Alerts at

Follow your state’s AMBER Alert page on Facebook and receive alerts in your news feed.

Successful Recoveries: 881   Updated June 26, 2017

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How do I receive AMBER Alerts?

When signing up for AMBER Alerts you will receive geographically targeted information to help identify an abducted child, a suspected abductor or a vehicle suspected to be involved in an abduction.

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For information about how AMBER Alerts are distributed to cell phones visit


State AMBER Alert Contacts Map of AMBER Alert Plans DOJ AMBER Alert Training

AMBER Alert reports

These reports present an analysis of AMBER Alert cases during the reporting year. The AMBER Alert cases may involve one or more children and be issued on a statewide, regional or local level.

2016 AMBER Alert Report 2015 AMBER Alert Report 2014 AMBER Alert Report 2013 AMBER Alert Report 2012 AMBER Alert Report 2011 AMBER Alert Report 2010 AMBER Alert Report 2009 AMBER Alert Report 2008 AMBER Alert Report 2007 AMBER Alert Report 2006 AMBER Alert Report 2005 AMBER Alert Report

International AMBER Alert programs

Countries around the world followed the success of AMBER Alerts in the U.S. and created similar alert systems. Each country adapted the system to fit their own needs and requirements but the goal remains the same — use the eyes and ears of the public to help recover a child who is in immediate danger.

Below is a list of countries with an alert program in place. This is not an exhaustive list and other countries may have similar programs in place.

AustraliaQueensland Territory and New South Wales2003Child Abduction Alert
BelgiumNational2011Child Alert
CanadaEach province has a program2002 and 2003AMBER Alert
CyprusNational2015Child Abduction Alert
Czech RepublicNational2009Dítě v ohrožení
El SalvadorNational2013Alerta Angel Desaparecido
FranceNational2006Alert Enlèvement
GreeceNational2007AMBER Alert
GuatemalaNational2010Alba-Kenneth Alert
IrelandNational2012Irish Child Rescue Alert
ItalyNational2011Italian Child Abduction Alert System
JamaicaNational2009Ananda Alert
MalaysiaNational2007Nurin Alert
MexicoNational2011Alerta AMBER Mexico
NetherlandsNational2008AMBER Alert
PolandNational2013Child Alert
PortugalNational2009Alerta de rapto de menores
RomaniaNational2011Alertă Răpire Copil
South KoreaNational2011AMBER Alert
SpainNational2012Alerta Menor Desaparecido
SwitzerlandNational2010Alert Enlèvement
UKNational2006Child Rescue Alert

For more information about international AMBER Alert programs contact the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children® at or 703-837-6313.

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