RENO (AP) – U.S. Senator John Ensign has been praised by Big Brothers Big Sisters for his efforts to protect children from sexual predators.
Organization president and CEO Judy Vredenburgh sent a letter of appreciation to the Nevada Republican for sponsoring the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
The legislation gives law enforcement authorities the tools to arrest and prosecute sex offenders.
Ensign, a Big Brother for ten years, pledged to continue working with the organization to crack down on sexual offenders.
Ensign also recently supported efforts to double funding for the U.S. Marshal's Service to track down an estimated 100,000 sex offenders who have failed to register. The effort failed, however.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentoring for at-risk youth across the country.
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