Zonta Hilo Program Focus: Children Victims

This month’s program will feature Charlene Takeno of the State’s Missing Child Center and Detective James Gusman of the County’s Juvenile Aid Section.

Monday, April 12, 5:30 p.m. $22. Reservations required.

There’s been heightened concern and questions about runaways and vulnerability of teenagers due to a widely circulated e-mail on Hawaii Island.  Our speakers are not able to discuss that specific situation, but will respond to reports of missing children.

Charlene Takeno works closely with local police, Hawaii Internet and Technology Crimes Unit, the Children’s Justice Center and the Sex Abuse Treatment Center to deal with runaways, especially those at risk for prostitution or online enticement.

The Missing Child Center locates and recovers missing children and reunites them with family.  The Center works to prevent child abduction in the State.

April is National Child Abuse Awareness & Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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