Ashanti Alert Act, Named After Missing Maryland Woman, Now Signed Into Law

The Ashanti Alert Act is a system that can be activated when endangered adults go missing.

Because Ashanti Billie went missing in 2017 at the age of 19, she was too old for the Amber Alert and too young for the Silver Alert. There was no system in place to alert Americans of her disappearance. Unfortunately, Billie was found dead in North Carolina two weeks after being reported missing. That changed today when Trump signed the Ashanti Alert Act into law.

Despite the tragic loss of Ashanti Billie, with the love and support of Meltony and Brandy Billie (her parents), along with the Hampton Roads community, the Ashanti Alert Act is now law of the land,” said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) who sponsored the bill. “In this new year, it is my hope that this important law enforcement tool can help save countless lives.”