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Aug 6, 2015

Jasmine Alert, Three Years Later

Patrick Menzies

Three years after Jasmine Lowe was brutally killed in the Cayo District, the Jasmine Alert was created in her memory to help protect young children. A program fashioned after the U.S. Amber Alert, the Jasmine Alert triggers a warning via social media and phone companies when there is a reported missing child. Earlier this year, the programmed announced its partnership with the police department and since then they have reported on foiled attempts of the have since done sensitization programs. Commemorating its third anniversary, Director Patrick Menzies told the media that the program is in need of funding and they have been unable to proceed with educational campaign as they would wish. But despite the setback with funding, the program reported on its success and upcoming plans.

 

Patrick Menzies, Program Director, Jasmine Alert

“The Jasmine Alert Program in its only three years- basically, very, very young existence or short time of existence, have been able to do a tremendous job. There are no reports of any child being hurt since the launch of the Jasmine Alert Program. We have not had any situation like we have had in the past. We are thankful, especially thankful for the police leadership. I will be signing that agreement with Mexico and Guatemala. But again, the political situation with Belize and Guatemala has flared up again, but it’s not at that level. Again, we want to remind you that we are working across border and that it will meet the criteria. We are talking about an international agreement and again we are not talking about having it way up there because you will get all the red tape that comes with that, so we are working on it. I want to warn anyone out there that think that they may think of a child and take them across the border, no, we haven’t signed the agreement yet but we are working with Mexico and Guatemala. So beware if they are thinking or considering of taking an underage person across the border, there is a Jasmine Alert in Belize, Amber Alert in Mexico and an Alba Ken Alert Program in Guatemala.”

 

At today’s event, Menzies announced that the Jasmine Alert Office has moved from Belmopan and is now based in Corozal. 

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