A total of 501 kids has been reported missing in Washington D.C. since the beginning of the year. Most of these kids are black or Latinos. The letter was obtained by the Associated Press and was sent by Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents D.C. in Congress.
They asked FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.”
Richmond said in the letter: “Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That’s deeply disturbing.
He added: “Whether these recent disappearances are an anomaly or signals of underlying trends, it is essential that the Department of Justice and the FBI use all of the tools at their disposal to help local officials investigate these events, and return these children to their parents as soon as possible.”
The number of missing child cases in the D.C. dropped from 2,433 in 2015 to 2,242 in 2016. Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation said: “We can’t focus on the numbers. If we have one missing child, that’s one too many. They prey on the homeless, they prey on low-income children, they prey on the runaways, they prey online.”
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