The 2020 Virtual Run/Walk in Honor of Ashlynne Mike

Participants standing together outside near Shiprock, New Mexico, to participate in a memorial run/walk in honor of Ashlynne Mike

Portrait of Ashlynne Mike next to ceremonial dress, and a handwritten sign that reads "No one should have to look for their child."May 2, 2020, marked four years since the abduction and murder of Ashlynne Mike. In memory of Ashlynne, her mother, Pamela Foster, held a virtual walk/run to honor her daughter and bring awareness to missing and abducted children in Indian Country. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pamela was unable to host a memorial run in person this year, and encouraged everyone to do a virtual walk/run on their own. Individuals from across the country shared images of their virtual walk/run via social media with the hashtag #IRunForAshlynne and wore Ashlynne’s favorite colors purple and yellow, to honor Ashlynne.

As a legacy to Ashlynne, AMBER Alert was brought to Indian country through the passage and signing into law of the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2018. The 2018 Act amends the Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today (PROTECT) Act (Public Law 108-21), to reauthorize the AMBER Alert grant program. With passage of the law, the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program (AATTAP) provides guidance and coordination between tribes and states to access and integrate with State AMBER Alert plans.

View local coverage of the event here.