Near the end of March 2017, the Metropolitan D.C. police released a dozen profiles of missing Black and Latino girls on their twitter feed. This caused an uproar on social media which has led to public questions to “Why hasn’t anything been done?” This was then sparked with a debate on whether this was seen as a serious issue because these were missing black children. Social Media has then since increased the attention of this issue and demanded investigations.
Alongside the newly informed public are two women of excellence who have been working for years to bring our children home. Natalie Wilson and her sister-in-law Derrica Wilson are the co-founders of the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAMFI). BAMFI was discovered in 2008 after the disappearance of Tamika Huston in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which seemed to receive zero media attention.
Both women have spoken out about the missing women and girls in the DC area and hope to add on the fact that this is happening nationwide.
In an interview with Essence, Natalie Wilson said, “Black women and girls are going missing and it’s not just in Washington D.C. It’s happening in Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta and other urban areas around the country.”
BAMFI has been a very successful nonprofit organization that seeks to bring attention to missing persons of color. On their website, people will be able to access a database full of missing people and a numerous amount of resources and tools to help and educate people on safety.
So how you can you keep your child or children of the neighborhood safe? BAMFI gives 4 simple yet effective ways to do this:
- Talk to your children about strangers.
- Show them areas in their neighborhood or school where they can go for help.
- Take a photograph of your child and collect vital statistics.
- Collect your child’s DNA
Natalie and Derrica Wilson are hard- working, inspirational, women of excellence! Their dedication to this great cause deserves all the support and success the world can offer.
You can show your support by donating to the BAMFI cause and/or by attending their upcoming awareness fundraiser at the National Harbor in Maryland on June 3rd. This event titled “Hope without Boundaries’ is a 5k run or walk and welcomes all ages to attend. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards helping the families of the missing children, flyer distribution, financial support and burial service assistance.