Washington D.C. police have increased their social media efforts to raise awareness around an alarming number of missing black and latino girls, almost a dozen, in the last 72 hours. The call for the public’s assistance comes in light of concerns that the issue has gone relatively unreported by the media.
According to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, there are 38 total open missing person cases all within the past month. Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation, has cited human trafficking for the recent increase.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 24, 2017
Members of Congress sent a letter asking the Justice Department and FBI for help locating the missing girls on Tuesday, calling to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.”
— IFOP.org (@ifop_org) March 24, 2017
How you can help:
- Follow the Metropolitan Police Department on Twitter for updates. You can find updates on when the girls are found and also tweet at them to encourage additional coverage and updates.
- You can also follow the Amber Alert on Twitter, this way you can see when children go missing.
- Volunteer or support (either financially or sharing the groups information) an advocacy group that supports potential outcomes to missing children, including: abduction, sex trafficking, organ trafficking, slavery and death.
- Call your District Attorney Office (click to find yours) and ask what they are doing regarding human trafficking.
- Sign these petitions: strengthen anti-human trafficking programs, support the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act
- According to Courtney’s House founder, Tina Frundt, her safe house in DC are getting 4-5 requests for help from girls. Definitely donate to her mission and cause to help support.
- Support the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), they support law enforcement agencies in finding missing children in addition to providing support and resources for families of missing children.