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AMBER Alert policy; Family abductions; Child abductions and kidnappings; Missing children; Exploited children


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Stacey Pearson is a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University’s Doctor of Law and Policy program, researching family abduction AMBER Alert child murders. She is a retired law enforcement professional with extensive experience in complex missing, abducted, and exploited children investigations. In late 2018, after a distinguished 20-year career, Stacey retired from the Louisiana State Police, where she managed the Louisiana Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and the Louisiana AMBER Alert Program. She also served as a Special Victims Unit supervisor responsible for investigating multi-jurisdictional crimes against children, including Catholic clergy abuse cases. Stacey lends her public safety expertise to individuals and child-serving organizations through her company, Espoir Consulting. Espoir is the French word for “hope,” and Espoir Consulting’s mission is to provide hope for families and loved ones by empowering child safety advocates through education. She also offers technical advice to authors, novelists, and television and film producers. Stacey was a regular instructor at the Louisiana Juvenile Officers’ Academy and has enjoyed public speaking, panelist, and guest lecturer engagements at the National Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference, the national AMBER Alert Conference, Loyola University-New Orleans, and Boston University. She supervised, conducted, and assisted with hundreds of domestic and international missing children cases. In 2017, she was nominated by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for a law enforcement “Hero” award for her role in the recovery of four children abducted from California by their non-custodial mother and a registered sex offender. Stacey has completed thousands of hours of law enforcement training as well as the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Leadership program and the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. She received her Master of Criminal Justice from Boston University. Stacey lives in Boston, Massachusetts, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Under her pen name, Pearson O’Meara, she writes short crime fiction set in Louisiana.

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