A New National Taskforce for Missing and Murdered BIPOC Women
Through Girl Vow’s current initiative #Pullupforblackgirls, we have established a National Task Force to address the pervasive issues of Missing and Murdered Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), particular womxn and girls who remain unnoticed. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), in 2019 there were 421,394 missing children entered into the data system. Of those missing, 298,190 were female and 205,802 were black females. In 2016, NCMEC reported 86% of the likely child sex trafficking victims reported to them were missing from foster care or social services. Since 2015, police have fatally shot nearly 250 womxn. These statistics are absolutely revolting, but realistically depict and put into perspective the current climate BIPOC womxn and girls are faced with.
If you are interested in learning more about The National Taskforce #pullupforblackgirls Please send us an email: [email protected].
Under the leaderships of our #Pullupforblkgirls initiative is our newly founded social justice initiative created with a purpose to help girls of color advance beyond the issues of colorism, racial, economic, and structural inequality when girls of color go missing. This initiative is two fold, it is a direct response to Rihanna’s call of action to show up and be accountable to one another and is in direct response to acknowledging a missing youth and the murder of a foster care youth who we did not know but was close to our participants. They often recall how her body was disposed of on the street in between parked cars. We will use social media as a platform for legislation while examining the impact of race, gender, or structural bias against black girls/lgbtq+ communities. Pullupforblackgirls will host community forums, address national, state, or local leaders to support equity, and inclusion for girls of color who have difficulty advancing against racist systems that have pervaded the American fabric.