The National Institute of Justice team that manages NamUs, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, has been announced as a Service to America Medal finalist in the Justice and Law Enforcement division. This award recognize a federals employees for significant contributions to the nation in activities related to justice and law enforcement including civil rights, criminal justice, counterterrorism, and fraud detection and prevention. The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals are presented annually by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to celebrate excellence in our federal civil service.
The NamUs team is lead by Program Manager Charles Heurich, and the nomination is for having created and launched an innovative, missing and unidentified persons database that allows law enforcement, families and others to share information and potentially solve cases nationwide. Since its launch in 2009, the NamUs system has assisted in the resolution of more than 100 cases.
The finalists will be recognized at a breakfast on Capitol Hill on May 5, and the winners will be announced in September at a black-tie gala in Washington.