The Women's March is deeply disturbed by the shocking number of missing Black and Latina girls in the Washington, DC area — and by the fact that these numbers are not new. We call on all members of Congress to demand that the Justice Department invest resources into investigating these cases immediately. We came out in droves for our Muslim sisters and brothers, for refugees and immigrants, for women as a whole. We ask our supporters to do so again for these missing girls, for our daughters. If we do not take action to address the mass disappearance of Black and Latina girls, we cannot claim to stand for all women. We cannot claim to be true to our commitment to justice, safety, security for all. We are committed to support, advocate for and uplift the work of local organizations that have long been dedicated to finding and caring for these girls, and for all missing youth — including trans and gender nonconforming youth. We will not rest until they are brought back safely. While some are just now turning their attention to the issue of the disappearance of girls of color, this crisis is far from new, and it's on the rise. We will not rest until all women and girls and femmes are able to live free from violence. #FindOurGirls
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A headline from a March 21, 2017 Grio.com article written by George M. Johnson reads "Black women and girls are missing, and no one seems to care." Below the headline appears a photo of a sign of a missing Black girl, Relisha Rudd. At the top of the sign is the word "Missing." Below the photo of Relisha Rudd reads "Bring Relisha Home."