I have worn several hats throughout my life. From working as Event Coordinator, Stage Production, Concert Touring, and working as Child Caseworker. Boy, that’s a big job difference. Still, one of the hats I never let go of was welfare for children.

I am sick and tired of too many victimized children left out to dry because of laws not adequately protecting them or judges not enforcing such laws. The Supreme Court has legalized virtual child pornography. The Internet is providing child predators with the most potent, perverse tool they’ve ever had, our society must come to grips with the danger presented to all children. Law enforcement can only do what the law allows.

Working with sexually abused children, I have seen the effects. Words cannot even begin to describe seeing the amputated rape of child’s innocent soul. Without right care that severed soul may never be whole again?

In the past several years, I have given time to push for stricter laws about sex crimes, especially ones with sexual predators. Jessica’s Law is such a law.

Jessica’s Law is named after nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford that was abducted, from her home in Homosassa, Florida was raped and later murdered by 47-year-old John Couey who lived nearby. Before Jessica Lunsford was victimized, John Couey was a recent parolee that was released from jail for being a sex offender. Once John Couey’s monitoring device was removed he return to finding his next victim Jessica Lunsford.

With much outraged, the legislators in the state of Florida drew up a new statue called Jessica Lundsford Act which became commonly known as Jessica’s Law.

In 2005, we formed “ Jessica’s Law Now North Carolina.” We got involved with every group, organization, and person with the same quest.

From the start, we saw too much politics’ and bureaucracy from our North Carolina Politicians. For Jessica’s Law Now North Carolina make a positive difference, we had to remove the politics’ out of the discussions for North Carolina Legislators pass what is known as Jessica Lunsford Act aka. Jessica’s Law. It took almost over three years see a version of the Jessica’s Lundsford Act aka. Jessica’s Law is passed. Was a true day of celebration Monday, July 28, 2008, when North Carolina Governor Mike Easley signed Jessica’s Law.

In 2009; we changed our organization name to “ Jessica’s Law Now.” Our plight has allowed the privilege of helping thirteen other states obtaining version Jessica’s Law.

Jessica’s Law Now is part of a more extensive network of organizations that aids Missing and Exploited Children. We have assisted directly and indirectly with over several thousand cases, where a victimized or assaulted child needed help. We are proactive, not reactive, in helping families deal with these issues fraught with cases like these. We continually helped steer victimized families and children towards counseling and healing. Jessica’s Law Now network works in support of many organizations, groups, people for harsher laws of sexual predators. Many of our states have too many loopholes still in their statutes comes to sexual predators and offenders. We strive for a positive difference for such laws. Also, our states and the federal government have dropped the ball too many times comes to dealing with missing children. Sadly our state and federal leaders are too relax comes such matters regarding our children’s welfare.

Throughout the years, we have assisted law enforcement, search teams and families with various cases directly or indirectly as Isabel Celis, Jhessye Shockley, Gaberial Johnson, Max Hernandez and Caylee Anthony. Also, we have assisted many media outlets with news stories and many personal interviews.

Jessica’s Law Now join-in with Joyful Heart Foundation’s national campaign “No More.” Which is a movement centered on a potent new symbol that brings together all people who want to end domestic violence and sexual assault?

Jessica’s Law Now has one goal see a positive difference for abused and missing children.

Thank You,

Mark A. Palmer
Executive Director Jessica’s Law Now


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