After the outcry from many about finding an abundance of missing girls in Washington D.C., an official task force has been created in an attempt to find more missing people.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced on Friday (March 24) that the city will dedicate more resources to find city children who are missing. The Congressional Black Caucus itself had already asked the FBI to assist D.C. police in their on-going investigations of missing people.
There will reportedly be an increase in the number of police officers attempting to locate people as well as the aforementioned task force to determine what social services teenagers need to stabilize their home lives. Nonprofit organizations will also receive more funds to work with vulnerable teenagers.
“Often times, these girls are repeat runaways,” Kevin Harris, a spokesman for the mayor, told the Washington Post. “So if we really want to help solve this problem and bring down the numbers, we have to break the cycle of young people, especially young girls, who repeatedly run away from home.”
National help is also on the way in trying to locate missing people across the country. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.’s representative in Congress says she would introduce legislation requiring the U.S. Department of Justice to publish detailed demographic characteristics of missing children.
Police have previously been insisting that the rate of missing teenage women hasn’t risen, just the awareness of their disappearance. Regardless, something should be done to attempt to find missing people and stabilize their home so they don’t once again run away.