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Press Releases

The Black and Missing Foundation and Liberty Christian Church To Provide Free Self Defense Classes for Youth Ages 5-17 Beginning April 1 (March 30, 2017)

Black and Missing Foundation Stands with Congressional Black Caucus Members as They Urge Feds to Investigate Missing Girls of Color (March 24, 2017)

Black and Missing Foundation to Host Its Fourth Annual 'Hope Without Boundaries' 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, June 4 (June 1, 2016)

The Black and Missing Foundation to Host Panel Discussion on the Issue of Missing Persons of Color on May 7 (May 7, 2015)

Black and Missing Foundation, Inc Statement Regarding Carlesha Freeland-Gaither Being Found Alive (November 6, 2014)

Black and Missing Foundation to Host its 2nd Annual ‘Hope Without Boundaries’ 5K Run/Walk on May 24 to Bring Awareness to Missing Persons of Color (May 21, 2014)

Black and Missing Foundation to Host 2nd 'Hope Without Boundaries' 5K Run/Walk to Bring Awareness to Missing Persons of Color (February 14, 2014)

Black and Missing Foundation To Commemorate Black History Month With 'Our Untold Stories' (January 31, 2014)

BAMFI Teams Up With the Huffington Post to Bring Awareness to Missing Persons of Color (September 12, 2013)

Black and Missing Foundation 'Hope Without Boundaries' Inaugural Race Raises Close to $15,000 (May 28, 2013)

BAMFI to Host 'Hope Without Boundaries' 5K Run/Walk to Bring Awareness to Missing Persons of Color (May 22, 2013)

Black and Missing Foundation Inc Founders to Appear on ABC’s The View to Bring National Attention to Missing Persons of Color Like Unique Harris (Feb. 26, 2013)

Free Support Group for Families of Missing Loved Ones (Jan. 23, 2013)

Black and Missing Foundation, Inc Statement Re: Tyler Perry's National Call to Action for Unsolved Adult Missing Person's Cases

Tip Leads to the Safe Recovery of Jocelyn Hagan

Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity, Incorporated in conjunction with Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. will host a missing person awareness and personal safety workshop

Black and Missing Foundation, Inc to Launch "Ask BAMFI" Advice Segment

National TV and Radio Journalist Jacque Reid Would Like to Save Your Child's Life

10th Child Recovered Through Partnership with the Michael Baisden Show ‘Missing Child of the Week’ Segment

Comedy Legends Chris Thomas, Guy Torry, Damon Williams and George Willborn Take Over the Lincoln Theatre

Bishop T.D. Jakes and Codeblack Entertainment Highlight Awareness for America's Missing Persons of Color

Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. Co-Founder to be a Guest on the ABC's The View Today to Bring National Attention to Missing Persons of Color Like Teen Mishell Green

TV one and Black and Missing Foundation Announce Partnership in Conjunction with "Find Our Missing" Multiplatform Initiative

BAM FI and BMWK Twitter Chat Garners 1.6 Million Impressions

Leading African American Marriage and Parenting Site Teams Up with Black and Missing Foundation Inc To Bring Awareness to Missing Persons of Color

BAM FI Reunites Missing 4 Yr Old Jhada Clarke with Mother

Michael Baisden and Black and Missing Foundation, Inc Join Forces to Bring Awareness to Missing Children of Color

Search Organized by Black and Missing Foundation Inc For Missing Spartanburg, SC Woman Evelyn Shelton Turns Up Evidence

Black and Missing Foundation Inc Organizes Search for Missing Spartanburg, SC Woman Evelyn Shelton

Black and Missing Foundation Names National TV and Radio Journalist Jacque Reid As Spokesperson

Join BAM FI in the Reporting of Missing Persons of Color

Black and Missing Foundation Inc. Uses Twitter to Find Missing Persons of Color

Black and Missing, Inc. Celebrates the Life of Tamika Huston

Black and Missing, Inc Organizes Search in Hagerstown, MD For Missing College Student, Michelle McMullen

Local Organization Launches Service to Focus on Cases of Missing Persons of Color

Black and Missing, Inc Launches Web-Based Portal to Profile Cases of Missing Persons of Color

Public Service Announcements

Black & Missing Foundation Public Service Announcement 

ED Smart - :60 National Missing Children's Day / Black & Missing Foundation 

Tony Dungy - :60 National Missing Children's Day / Black & Missing Foundation 

Tony Dungy & Ed Smart - National Missing Children's Day / Black and Missing Foundation 

Latest News & Events

After viral story on D.C. girls, understanding the real perils for missing children of color (PBS, April 21, 2017)

Washington DC Missing Girls (The Rock Newman Show, April 20, 2017)

Missing teens in D.C.: Cases highlight dangers for runaways (CBSNews, April 3, 2017)

Social Media Spread the Story of Washington's Missing Girls. It Also Got It Wrong (MSN, March 28, 2017)

The Missing Black Teen Epidemic Is Not New And This Organisation Is Working TIRELESSLY To Fix It! (Urban Intellectuals, March 28, 2017)

How D.C.'s Disappearing Girls Highlight The Nation's Black and Missing Problem (ESSENCE, March 24, 2017)

Black lawmakers call on FBI to help on missing black girls (Star Tribune, March 23, 2017)

Does D.C. Have A Problem With Missing Teens? (WAMU, March 21, 2017)

There's A Bigger Story Behind The Viral Tweets About Missing Black And Latinx Teens In DC (Huffington Post, March 17, 2017)

Talk Around Town: DC Area a Human Trafficking Hub (NBC Washington, March 15, 2017)

Roland Martin: Black and Missing (NewsOne Now, March 14, 2017)

Black teens are reported missing - and far too few people notice (Washington Post, March 14, 2017)

Maryland Sisters-In-Law Work to Find Missing People of Color (NBC Washington, June 30, 2016)

2015 Hope Without Boundaries 5K Run/Walk (Washington Informer, June 5, 2015)

Maryland organization spearheads search for missing minorities (Baltimore Times, June 5, 2015)

How Two Women Are Trying To Bring Home The Black And Missing (HuffPost, May 7, 2015)

Black and Missing Foundation’s Natalie Wilson discusses abductions of people of color and annual 5K race (RollingOut, Apr. 22, 2015)

Black and missing in America: advocates call for more help (CBCNews, Apr. 9, 2015)

Local and national groups help in search for Crystal 10-year-old (StarTribune, Apr. 3, 2015)

Where is Relisha? A year later, many still long to find 'everybody’s child.' (The Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2015)

Natalie & Derrica on Talk on DCN (Talk on DCN, Feb. 23, 2015)

Black and Missing in America: Why We Speak Up for This Often Ignored and Voiceless Group (HuffingtonPost, Feb. 14, 2015)

Two years after Sage Smith’s disappearance, family wants answers over discrepancies in missing person cases (cville, Nov. 19, 2014)

Police, Volunteers Continue Search For Relisha Rudd On Missing Girl's Birthday (DCist, Oct. 30, 2014)

Jacque Reid Talks To President of Black & Missing Foundation; Black Women More Likely To Get Hit (Tom Joyner Morning Show, Oct. 22, 2014)

America's Missing Persons by Age, Race and Gender (The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 10, 2014)

Missing UVA Student Puts Spotlight on Months-Long Search for 8-Year-Old (ABCNews, Sept. 24, 2014)

The Shocking Reason You've Probably Never Heard About These 265,000 Missing Americans (, July 25, 2014)

Girl back in US after bitter custody battle to get her out of Mali (TheGrio, July 16, 2014)

Police Claim 17 Hour Delay In Reporting Missing Delaware Mom of 3 Nefertiri Trader (NewsOne, July 15, 2014)

Missing While Black (Essence Magazine, July 10, 2014)

Who Will Save Our Missing Children of Color? (The Root, July 5, 2014)

Hundreds Support Area's Black and Missing (Washington Informer, May 29, 2014)

Relisha Rudd's mother responds to criticism (WJLA, April 25, 2014)

Parents of kidnapping victim who used gospel to win freedom (, April 22, 2014)

Relisha Rudd and the Horrors of Human Trafficking (Ebony, April 14, 2014)

Where is Relisha Rudd? (Fox5DC, March 27, 2014)

Relisha Rudd's disappearance deserves as much attention as Malaysian jetliner's (The Washington Post, March 25, 2014)

Relisha Rudd Amber Alert still in effect as police continue search (WJLA, March 23, 2014)

A Week Later, No Sign Of Missing Spartanburg Woman (WSPA, March 20, 2014)

BAMFI Makes the Grio's Top 100 (TheGrio, January 31, 2014)

Conversation with Natalie Wilson (Comcast Newsmakers, January 18, 2014)

How You Can Help With The Search For Missing NY Teen Avonte Oquendo (Hello Beautiful, October 21, 2013)

Searching for Avonte Oquendo: How racial suspicion hurts missing black kids (Salon, October 17, 2013)

Black Youth are Regularly Missing, But Rarely Reported in Media: Two Sisters Are Fixing the Problem (September 18, 2013)

Monday's Madame(s): Derrica And Natalie Wilson, Founders Of Black And Missing Foundation (Madame Noire, August 19, 2013)

Fighting the Good Fight: The Never Ending Search for the Missing (ABCNews, July 11, 2013)

Missing Women and Race (ABCNews, July 11, 2013)

Hundreds Race for the Black and Missing (The Washington Informer, May 29, 2013)

Family of missing woman won't give up hope (WYFF, May 18, 2013)

Foundation Puts Spotlight On Missing African Americans (WBUR, May 17, 2013)

Come out to the Black and Missing Foundation's 1st annual 5K Run/Walk on May 25 (The Examiner, May 15, 2013)

Are Missing People Of Color Getting The Same Kind Of Attention As Their White Counterparts? (VIDEO) (Roland Martin, May 12, 2013)

BAMFI on PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton (MSNBC, May 10, 2013)

National attention rarely highlights missing minority children (CBS Atlanta, May 9, 2013)

Missing People Bias (HuffPost Live, May 8, 2013)

Ohio Rescue Gives Hope to Local Families With Missing Loved Ones (WSPA, May 6, 2013)

Black and Missing: are we ignoring missing black people? (WUSA9, May 6, 2013)

Vanished: Allean Logan disappeared 13 years ago, and her case is still unsolved

800,000 and Counting (HuffPost Live, April 8, 2013)

Less attention for missing minorities (CNN, March 17, 2013)

Mother petitions Obama to bring allegedly kidnapped daughter back from Africa (The Grio, March 12, 2013)

People Magazine Update - Shining A Light (People, March 11, 2013)

Natalie and Derrica Wilson Help Find the Missing (People, February 28, 2013)

The View: Missing Black Americans (The View, February 28, 2013)

Supporting the Families of the Long-Missing (Huffington Post, February 13, 2013)

Thousands of African-Americans Go Missing Every Year: They Help Find Them (People Magazine, February 8, 2013)

Tyler Perry Offers 100K Reward for Information About Missing Men of Color [VIDEO] (January 11, 2013)

National Action Network and NAACP join Perry to make national call to action for unsolved adult missing person’s cases (January 10, 2013)

Vanished: The case of Leon Davenport (TheRootDC, December 26, 2012)

Jade Morris, Child Missing After Casino Stabbing, Found Dead (, December 27, 2012)

Jade Morris Missing After Babysitter Arrested in Casino Stabbing (, December 26, 2012)

Freedom Fighters: Natalie and Derrica Wilson, Founders Of Black And Missing Foundation (, December 12, 2012)

Vanished 25 Years Ago: Tiffany Goines (, November 29, 2012)

Vanished: The case of Tiffany Goines (, November 29, 2012)

Finding Humanity in a Child Kidnapper (, October 20, 2012)

Are missing African American children ignored by the media? (September 2012)

District Chronicles: Local group keeps spotlight on missing Black kids (September 9, 2012)

Amir Jennings, Missing Boy, Neglected By Media Because He's A Black Boy, Not A White Girl? (September 8, 2012)

Dr. Drew talks America’s missing children epidemic (July 20, 2012)

WASHINGTON WATCH: Media Coverage Is Vital In Finding Missing African-Americans (July 2012)

Our World: Black Enterprise, Interview with BAMFI (July 2012)

Michael Baisden Show Helps Find 12th 'Missing Child' (, June 1, 2012)

Co-founder of missing persons website visits Seabrook school (, June 1, 2012)

Blacks Are Not Missing In The Effort To Find Missing Children (The Seattle Medium, May 30, 2012)

Gaywood Elementary School Hosts Safety Awareness Event

Fox 5 News: National Missing Children's Day (May 25, 2012)

On National Missing Children's Day, Tips To Keep Your Child Safe (May 25, 2012)

Blacks Seek to Find Their Own Missing (AP, May 23, 2012)

Has the response to missing person cases improved in a decade? (Missing Persons Advocacy Network, March 17, 2012)

When people of color go missing (Multi-American, March 15, 2012)

TD Jakes' 'Woman Loosed' Film to Address Missing Black Persons Crisis (March 9, 2012)

Black and Missing on The View: Mishell Green Found! (March 2, 2012)

Black History Month Wrap Up: Black And Missing on ABC's "The View"

How Two Sisters Got America Hunting For Our Missing (, February 29, 2012)

'The View' on Crime: Missing Black Children, Part 1 (February 24, 2012)

'The View' on Crime: Missing Black Children, Part 2 (February 24, 2012)

Mishell DiAmonde Green's Family, Part 1 (February 27, 2012)

Mishell DiAmonde Green's Family, Part 2 (February 27, 2012)

Missing Teen Mishell Green Found Hours After Being Featured on 'The View' (, February 26, 2012)

Black and Missing Foundation Inc. raises awareness (ABC7,, February 25, 2012)

The Black And Missing Foundation Aims To Find People Of Color Who've Disappeared (, February 22, 2012)

S. Epatha Merkerson On Her New Series, 'Find Our Missing,' And Making History On 'Law & Order'

Why Missing People of Color Aren't a Media Priority (Maynard Institute, February 9, 2012)

New TV Series Highlights Black Missing Persons (NPR, February 8, 2012)

Black and missing: New site's unique mission (, February 6, 2012)

Sisters Work To Find Our Missing (, January 30, 2012)

Chicago's Black and Missing (, January 25, 2012)

Cases Of Missing Black Women Continue To Be Ignored (, January 19, 2012)

TV One's 'Find Our Missing' premiere draws new tips (CNN, January 19, 2012)

Georgia woman missing for 5 months with no media coverage (, January 18, 2012)

Getting More People to Care About Missing Black Women (ABC News, January 18, 2012)

The faces of the forgotten: Heartbreaking plight of the 64,000 black women missing across America... as the country turns a blind eye (, January 18, 2012)

Lost Ones: Show, Non-Profit Search for our Missing (, January 2012)

Black and missing: media too often ignores minority victims (, January 17, 2012)

TV One network focuses on missing blacks (Yahoo News, Associated Press, January 16, 2012)

New Show Draws Attention to Missing African-Americans (MyFoxDC, January 16, 2012)

What (or Who) is Missing in the Media? (GlossMagazineOnline, January 8, 2011)

Most Underreported Stories: Missing Black Women (, December 27, 2011)

Families long for those who’ve disappeared (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - December 25, 2011)

Woman's Vanishing Causes Heartache, Frustration (, December 5, 2011)

Black & Missing Foundation Inc on Here and Now (Nov. 13, 2011)

Michael Baisden Helps Reunite Missing Girl With Her Mother (, October 18, 2011)

A young mother, gone without a trace (The Washington Post, October 9, 2011)

Black & Missing: Serving the Community of Color Missing Persons (The San Diego: Voice & Viewpoint - August 4, 2011) Pg. 1, Pg. 2

Black Children Missing and Forgotten

Shelton's Family Gathered For A Church Memorial Sunday (ABC News 7 - July 3, 2011)

Black and Missing Foundation comes looking for Evelyn Shelton

Group puts spotlight on missing persons of color (News Channel 8 - MD, VA, DC)

Why I Speak Up for Black and Missing ( - May 10, 2011)

Young, Black and Missing: Why Do Missing Blacks Get Less Media Attention? (The Atlanta Post - Feb. 4, 2011)

Media Advisory - Prayer Vigil for Pamela Butler

Phylicia Simone Barnes Still Missing After Visiting Baltimore from North Carolina

Missing Blacks Get Less Media Attention (BV Black Voices - Nov. 10, 2009)

Avoid Abduction: Tips To Save Your Life ( - Nov. 5, 2009)

Anthony Sowell Thrived Because of Indifference (AOL Black Voices - Nov. 4, 2009)

Missing Black People Still Overlooked by the Media (LA Times - Aug. 20, 2009)

Black & Missing: Giving Voice to the Lost (Echoes of Empowerment Magazine - Spring 2009)

Landover Hills nonprofit helps find missing residents (

BAM on The Russ Parr Morning Show, Pt. 1 | Pt. 2

NBC News Report on the search for Michelle McMullen

Group to Look for Missing Harrisburg Woman (The Patriot News)  

Black and Missing, Taking Steps for Safety's Sake (Prince George's Suite)

Black and Missing: But Not Forgotten (AFRO)

Finding Blacks Gone Missing (Los Angeles Wave)

The Black and Missing Finally Get a Voice (The District Chronicles)

BAM on "Today's Voices" - My Voice DC

Finding Blacks Gone Missing (The Washington Informer)

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