Find Our Girls: Things You Need To Know About The Missing DC Girls

March 24, 2017  |  
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In the first three months of this year, the District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them were Black or Latino. As of March 22, twenty-two of these cases are still unsolved. Many are wondering why these cases haven’t received the news attention that could likely help in the safe locating or return of these children, many of them young girls. Then, last night 14 girls were reported missing within a 24 hour period.

The Petition

Black members of Congress are calling for the Justice Department, led by our newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey 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.”

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There’s Nothing Unusual About These Numbers

While over 500 missing children seems like some type of horror, officials say that these numbers are not unusual. According to police data, the number of missing child cases actually dropped in the area from 2,433 in 2015 to 2,242 in 2016. The difference is law enforcement has been posting on social media more often so the public are more aware about the number of children who go missing every year.

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Can’t focus on the numbers.

Derrica Wilson, the co-founder of Black and Missing says that the fact that the numbers are holding steady is not a reason for us to relax or return to business as usual. She told the International Business Times, “We can’t focus on the numbers. If we have one missing child, that’s too many.”

The Map

NBC has released an interactive map, listing the last known locations of the missing girls.

You can view the map and the information within it, here.

Runaway vs. Missing.

A lot of people seem to believe too many authorities are regarding these cases as runaways and aren’t taking them seriously.


14 Girls in One Night?

There is a bit of misinformation being spread around the internet, according to NBC News. The news outlet reports that at no point in recent weeks have 14 girls gone missing in a single night in recent weeks.

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