The Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) has launched what's hailed as a first-of-its-kind social networking page developed and utilized by a U.S. prosecutorial agency: a Facebook page for children abducted from Orange County.
Developed by the OCDA Bureau of Investigation, the page features current cases being investigated by the OCDA Child Abduction Unit. The unit probes cases where a family member is suspected of taking a child, necessitating international investigations when children are taken into other countries.
The Facebook page currently profiles six cases with individual victims believed to be in Mexico, Japan, Zambia, Kansas City, MO, and elsewhere, as well as one case of two recently recovered children. Additional cases will be featured as needed, and the media will be notified accordingly, says the OCDA.
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The page features individual albums containing photos of abducted children, including age progression photos when necessary, photos of the defendant(s), circumstances of the case, and the suspected location of the abducted children. The page also includes links to other organizations, further information and resources for parents and the public, and an e-hotline that allows users to email tips to the OCDA regarding abducted children.
Go to OCDA Child Abduction Facebook and, to access individual albums, click on the profile picture and select "albums" under the "Profile Pictures" header.
"One of the worst things that can happen to a parent is to have their child taken, with no idea where the child is or if the parent will ever see them again," explains District Attorney Tony Rackauckas in an OCDA statement. "The children are victims, too, because they are deprived of the love, comfort, and company of the parent from whom they were forcibly taken. I hope this page will help to bring closure and happiness by reuniting divided families."