Thousands of people are reported missing every year in the U.S. and while not every case will get widespread media attention, the coverage of white and minority victims is far from proportionate.
NEARLY 40 PERCENT OF MISSING PERSONS ARE PERSONS OF COLOR, YET, AFRICAN-AMERICANS MAKE UP ONLY 13 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION.
The Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAMFI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to bring awareness to missing persons of color; provide vital resources and tools to missing person’s families and friends and to educate the minority community on personal safety. BAMFI was founded in 2008 by experts in the fields of law enforcement and public relations; two vital expertise needed to help bring awareness to and find those missing from our communities.
BAMFI creates public awareness campaigns for public safety and provides parents and loved ones of missing persons with a forum for spreading the word of their disappearance, with pictures and profiles of missing individuals. BAMFI also utilizes a variety of media platforms, including print, television, radio, and social media, to help locate those missing.
Derrica Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO of the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAMFI). She brings more than two decades of expertise in law enforcement and public safety, including serving as the first black female officer with the City of Falls Church Police Department.
Recognized for her achievements in helping and bringing hope to those in need, Derrica has been featured on The View, Essence, People, The Daily Show, WUSA, InStyle, Good Morning America, and CNN to name a few, for her outstanding public service work. In 2017, she was awarded, BET’s Black Girls Rock Community Change Agent Award. Most recently, Derrica appeared in the HBO four-part “Black and Missing Documentary” series spotlighting the foundations commitment to locating missing persons of color. Although, Derrica has been recognized globally for her community activism, she remains extremely humble, knowing the hardest part about what she does, happens behind the scenes. Derrica graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. She is also a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
The Black & Missing Foundation provides resources, tools and advice to families with a missing loved one; and offers preventative measures for parents to keep their children safe.
THIS IS AN AMERICAN ISSUE AND IT AFFECTS US ALL. BE VIGILANT WE ALL, LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE MEDIA AND OUR COMMUNITIES, SHOULD BE VIGILANT IN FINDING OUR MISSING.
https://www.blackandmissinginc.com/ (877) 97-BAMFI
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