Bowser Administration Announces Six New Initiatives to Address Missing Young People in Washington, DC https://t.co/26UEFAh4sm
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) March 24, 2017
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Hours after Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted a link to an article entitled “DC’s Missing Teens: What’s True and What’s Not,” she announced that D.C. is devoting more resources to combat the reported epidemic of missing children in the city.
That support is expected to come in the form of police officers assigned to find missing children and establishing a task force to determine what social services teenagers who run away are looking for.
The latter part of that plan will also include increased funding for nonprofits that address teens at risk of running away.
“Often times, these girls are repeat runaways,” mayoral spokemsan Kevin Harris said. “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.”
Bowser’s action comes in response to increasing calls by celebrities and politicians to address the trend of black and Hispanic girls going missing.