Hoping to bring attention to this story in hopes more efforts, resources and media air time will be dedicated to bringing the alarming number of young women of color (within a short time frame) that are missing in the DMV area home. It's important to note that how these cases are classified from the beginning impacts our ability to find them and whether resources will be dedicated to finding them. Meaning do not let law enforcement label the incident as a Runaway if it is not. Runaway implies that the child left home by choice and is not in danger, does not want to be found and may return home on their own according to the National Runaway Safeline. A Missing child refers to an unexplained disappearance. Missing or Kidnapped children are ACTIVELY sought.
Additionally as parents today there are several apps and GPS systems available to track you children via their phones or on their persons. While your children may not like it it can help to protect them in the long run.
Get to know the faces of these children if you are in the area and keep a look out for our girls. #findourgirls #heavyheart #applypressure #communityfirst