SAN JUAN – The Office of the Procurator for Women (OPM) began an orientation campaign on Thursday aimed at reinforcing the initiatives of the authorities to collect information related to the disappearance or kidnapping of a woman.
The Pink Alert is an effective tool that helps to quickly locate females 18 years of age or older who are in imminent risk of suffering harm due to a kidnapping or any circumstance where the commission of a crime related to the disappearance is presumed. .
“All information is important; an immediate reaction could mean saving a life. In this case, the Pink Alert has become an effective tool that helps with the immediate and massive dissemination of important descriptive information that alerts the public about the disappearance or kidnapping of a woman ”, specified the women’s attorney, Lersy Boria Vizcarrondo in written communication.
The attorney added that “all these efforts led by the Governor of Puerto Rico Pedro Pierluisi are aimed at prevention to achieve once and for all the eradication of violence in all its manifestations and protect the rights of all women.”
The Enabling Law to establish the Pink Alert in Puerto Rico, Law No. 149 of October 2, 2019, was established in order to have greater mechanisms for the protection of disappeared or kidnapped women and to establish the powers and duties of the government entities.
For his part, the commissioner of the Puerto Rico Police Bureau, Antonio López Figueroa, mentioned that “the collaboration of the media and all citizens is important for the Police to be able to clarify crimes, in the same way it is to support us in the search for missing persons. For this reason, the Pink Alert becomes an important additional tool, in addition to the investigation protocols that our police officers use for their searches together with the technology and intelligence components ”.
The process for activating the Pink Alert begins immediately after the Puerto Rico Police Bureau receives a complaint about the kidnapping or disappearance of a female and it is confirmed that the requirements for activating the Alert are met.
The Liaison Committee is made up of the director of the Missing Persons Section of the Auxiliary Superintendency of Criminal Investigations or his assistant, the coordinator of the Domestic Violence Divisions (SAIC), the coordinator of the Crime Divisions Sexuales (SAIC), the director of the Division of Theft from Banks and Financial Institutions and the coordinator of the OPM.
As soon as possible, the Pink Alert is issued through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) with the information of the kidnapped or disappeared female, the kidnapper and the vehicle or means used for the kidnapping.
Within a short time, the media interrupts their programming to broadcast an alert. Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies remain active in the search and location of the female and the abductor.
The requirements for activating the Pink Alert are that the female be over 18 years of age; that it is corroborated that the female is kidnapped or disappeared, that there is enough descriptive information on the abducted or disappeared female, her abductor and the vehicle used to commit the acts, and that the life of the female is in imminent danger of death or death. suffer serious bodily harm.
In addition, if possible, a description of the circumstances of the events, the people involved, the last time it was seen and any other information that is considered relevant should be provided.
“If a woman disappears, it is important to visit the nearest police headquarters with a photograph and all the information that will help speed up your search. In these cases, acting in time could help save his life ”, stressed Boria.
On the other hand, it was reported that tomorrow, June 11, at the Cataño Convention Center, the first public hearing of the PARE Committee will be held, which seeks to collect ideas or strategies to combat gender violence.
Finally, the attorney reminded citizens that in the case of learning about a situation that involves kidnapping or mistreatment of the woman, they should contact the Puerto Rico Police Bureau at 787-343-2020; to the Office of the Ombudsman for Women at 787-722-2977; to the 9-1-1 Emergency System or to the Municipal Police of your town.