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Over the past two weeks, dozens of Black and Latinx teenagers, primarily girls, have been reported missing in the Washington D.C. area. These events are not without precedent given our capital's considerable history with child trafficking and sexual exploitation (The Washington Post). In fact, D.C. has logged more than 500 cases of missing children, mostly Black or Latinx, in the past 3 months alone (New York Times).
Children of color often do not receive the attention, urgency, or action which they deserve. The FBI found Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey, yet have failed to locate children like 8-year-old Relisha Rudd who went missing in 2014, or 14-year-old Shaniah Boyd who disappeared this March 19th. Where is the sense of urgency when it comes to protecting our children?
By signing this petition, we express our solidarity with the trafficking victims of our nation's capital, we encourage the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force to work more directly with local schools to institute preventative programs such as walk-home or awareness programs, and we call on our representatives to support the legislation introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, requiring the U.S. Department of Justice to publish detailed demographic characteristics of missing young children. We demand that D.C. officials bring our children home.
To Learn More About the Disappearances:
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*While these are not the official sites of #FindOurGirls or #FindOurChildren, they are nonprofit groups that deal with the safety of children of color.
King, Colbert I. "Washington D.C.’s Serious Sex-Trafficking Problem." The Washington Post. 15 Jan. 2016. http://wapo.st/2n2YNax
"Black Lawmakers Call on FBI to Help on Missing Black Girls." 23 Mar. 2017. http://nyti.ms/2nzvQXV
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