CLEVELAND, Ohio — Amanda Berry is working with the U.S. Marshals Service’s initiative Operation Safety Net to help find missing children in northern Ohio.
The initiative has rescued 57 children since it began in early August, said U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott of the Northern District of Ohio. The Marshals have worked with Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, East Cleveland Police and Newburgh Heights Police.
Berry was held captive for 10 years by Ariel Castro and rescued in 2013, along with Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus. She currently works at Fox 8 News and helps find missing people.
“She has a passion, the love, the drive, she cares about finding the missing because she doesn’t want another little girl to go through what she went through in life,” Elliott said. “It’s been very, very good. We’re very, very proud of her, and we’re very proud of her partnership.”
Elliott said initiatives to find missing people are running across the country’s 94 districts. The missing child unit in the Northern District of Ohio focuses on finding and recovering children aged 13-18, who are vulnerable to sexual predators.
“We have young kids that are missing every single day,” Elliott said. “That’s the sad part about it. In the Marshals Service we don’t look at any child being a typical runaway. We look at every one of them being an endangered runaway.”
Elliott said the U.S. Marshals Service has recovered children who were located as far as Miami, Florida. He said about 20% of the recovered children were victims of human trafficking.
“Every kid matters, I think Amanda said that,” Elliott said. “So we’re going to continue to do our best in partnership with our state, local and federal partners. And partnership with our private partners like Amanda Berry and the Children and Family Services, another outstanding group and so on and so on.”