While the cases of Robyn Gardner, a white woman from Maryland who disappeared in Aruba while vacationing there, and Michelle Parker, the white Florida woman who disappeared after an appearance on “The People’s Court” over a dispute with her ex-fiance, garnered major publicity, the disappearance of Detroiter Kalisha Madden on Nov. 28 did not.
Derrica Wilson, co-founder of Black and Missing Foundation, Inc., a Hyattsville, Maryland-based nonprofit, told BlackAmericaWeb.com, in a story about Madden’s case, that "When there’s a missing person of color, they associate the person with negative information. It just seems like our lives are less valued."
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Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAM FI) has been established as a non-profit organization 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 educate the minority community on personal safety.
Founded in 2008 by a veteran law-enforcement official and public relations specialist, BAM FI will create public awareness campaigns for public safety and provide parents and loved ones of missing persons with a forum for spreading the word of their disappearance, with pictures and profiles of missing individuals. BAM FI will use a variety of media, including print, television, and the internet, to help locate missing persons of color for this severely underserved population. Click here for Black and Missing.