Facebook group created for the missing child change mission
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LAS VEGAS (KVVU) – It has been almost a month since Amari Nicholson’s disappearance and death. The 2-year-old boy’s case gripped and angered the Las Vegas community. Now a social media army doesn’t stop working to help other kids.
More than 7,500 people have joined the MISSING JUSTICE Facebook group.
“His soul is very powerful and it touched a lot of people here. We almost used the band to hang on, ”band founder Jessica Bower said.
The timeline on the page is full of missing children from Nevada and beyond.
Bower launched the Facebook group on May 7, just two days after Amari Nicholson went missing. However, the group is just as active now but with messages from other missing people.
“We had something special with this particular group. There was a lot of love and communication, ”Bower said.
Amber Andrews lives in Indiana, but when she heard Amari’s story, she wanted to help. She became a director of the group last month.
“Let families know they have someone behind them, let people know about options, who to contact and what kind of resources they have,” Andrews said.
Andrews and five other moderators all come from different parts of the country. Bower said it allows them to monitor the group online while she and other members of the local group can do the fieldwork.
“It’s almost like a job.
The group is also advocating for what they call “Amari’s law,” a proposal to hold parents accountable if they leave their child with someone with a history of child abuse. The proposal would also seek to improve amber alerts.
“You have to have a vehicle description to issue an orange alert, so there are precious moments that are lost when a child goes missing and the power of social media allows us to communicate almost instantly,” Bower said.
Groups like this can lead to rumors and conspiracy theories, according to Bower. However, she said they were proud to present the facts on the MISSING JUSTICE page.
Andrews said she thought she had found a new calling.
“With situations like this, my heart shoots for them, because I couldn’t imagine what they were going through, but I want to help,” said Andrew.
All the group leaders are volunteers.
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