"For us, it is a calling - a calling that was inspired by the disappearance of a young woman from one of our hometowns of Spartanburg, South Carolina."
Can you image your loved one is missing and the very institutions created to help find them are unresponsive?
This radio silence is what the family of 24-year-old Tamika Huston experienced when Tamika vanished from her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Tamika’s case attracted little to no media coverage among Jennifer Wilbanks, Laci Peterson, and Natalee Holloway, white women who all went missing around the same time and whose names dominated the mainstream media, while Tamika’s family begged news organizations to cover her case.
To help even the playing field, we created the Black and Missing Foundation (BAMFI), using our expertise in law enforcement and public/media relations, to bring awareness to the plight of missing persons of color through public awareness campaigns and a forum for families of the missing to spread the word of their disappearance.
By the Numbers:
With over 240,000 persons of color reported missing every year, there are thousands of Tamika Houston’s who are never given a voice, a platform, or the chance to be found. This is why our mission at BAMFI—to help us find us—remains crucial as victims receive less and less news coverage during a time missing persons cases are increasing.
Help Us Find Us:
At BAMFI, we are committed to removing the barriers and eradicating the stereotypes and narratives surrounding our missing with law enforcement and the media. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on missing persons of color, but it takes all of us—law enforcement, the community, and the media—to help us find us.
We can’t do it without your support. We call on you to invest in our efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to advance our mission and bring awareness to missing people of color through actions like printing flyers, providing financial support for families as well as victim recovery, and burial service assistance.
Thanks in advance for joining the movement to help us find us!
Derrica Wilson & Natalie Wilson
— BAMFI FOUNDERS