(Landover Hills, MD) – Each year thousands of children go missing in the United States. According to the Justice Department, children of color make up 65 percent of all missing children cases; 42 percent of those are African-American, 23 percent Latino.
In commemoration of National Missing Children’s Day on May 25, Television and Radio Journalist Jacque Reid, along with Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAM FI) share important information and tips to keep children safe. The campaign will especially target those states/cities where children of color are more likely to go missing.
“It is important for parents to be proactive instead of passive,” said Jacque Reid, national television and radio journalist and spokeswoman for Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. “Children need to know what to do in the event they become a victim of an attempted abduction.”
“FBI statistics show that most kids are reported missing in the spring and summer months,” said Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson, founders of Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. “We want to ensure that parents are empowered with the tools needed to keep their children, our children safe.”
Parents can teach their children simple safety tips that could be the difference between life and death, such as showing them safe places in their neighborhood to run to if they feel threatened; warning them not to fall for common lures like needing help finding a lost puppy; screaming at the top of their lungs if they feel threatened; and always letting a trusted grownup know where they are going. Additional information on keeping our children safe can be found at www.bamfi.org.
Since May 2011, Reid has partnered with BAM FI to increase the awareness of missing persons of color.
About Black and Missing Foundation Inc.:
Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAMFI) is established as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, by a veteran law enforcement official and public relations specialist, 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 provide educational training on personal safety. BAMFI offers a free clearinghouse, which highlights profiles and information on missing persons of color, nationally. Profiles of missing individuals, throughout the nation, as well as news, information, and tips, can be found at BAMFI’s Web site: www.bamfi.org, IG: @blackandmissingfdn, Twitter: @BAM_FI or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bamfiorg.
About Jacque Reid:
Jacque Reid is a contributor for the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, New York’s WNBC TV and is a contributing editor for TheRoot, a website owned by the Washington Post. Reid is also a frequent guest cohost on ABC’s The View and has appeared on the Joy Behar Show. With more than 15 years in the business, Reid has reported from Sudan, South Africa and Mexico City and she has interviewed, one-on-one, with Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and entertainers Tom Cruise, Jay Z and Aretha Franklin. Reid is a former CNN Headline News anchor and was the sole news anchor for BET Nightly News from 2001-2005. She also covered the Republican National Convention as a special correspondent and commentator for Larry King Live.
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