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The early traction and success of the project were truly divine. The inspiration for the project was the result of a combination of events such as the recent sociopolitical events surrounding equality and equity with Black Lives Matter, the untold amount of stress and anxiety that Black communities have experienced as a result of the pandemic, and the recent mainstream cases of Richard Okorogheye and Blessing Ayomide Adetutu Olusegun and the treatment their families have received from both local authorities and the mainstream media. The project is a community-driven response to empowering communities with information and resources.
According to the National Crime Agency 2016/2017 Report, "reports related to those of Black ethnicity in England and Wales are over-represented in the missing statistics (11.3% compared with approximately 3% of the general population)" Additionally, in London between 2019 and 2020, Black people accounted for 36 percent of missing people, nearly three times their population in the city (13 per cent). With many cases going unreported, it's hard to create a holistic picture of the missing person landscape however it is clear that Black communities are overrepresented in missing person cases and it is yet to be determined why.
Missingpeople.org.uk, the only UK charity lifeline for anyone affected by someone going missing, classify missing person cases into two distinct categories: children/ youth and adults. Although there are a range of reasons why people go missing, they have identified some common causes. For children, conflict, abuse and neglect at home, sexual exploitation, trafficking and mental health. Whereas for adults: diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issues, relationship breakdown, dementia, financial problems, and escaping violence. It's unclear why Black people specifically have much higher rates of missing person cases relative to other demographics but the research by missingpeople.org.uk provides a great foundation for a discussion.
The world be the ideal goal. To be a valuble information and resource center for finding missing Black people across the world. For example, in the U.S. Of all missing persons recorded in the U.S. in 2019, 33.7 percent were Black and 59 percent were white and Hispanic/Latino, according to the National Crime Information Center within the FBI. A total of 205,802 Black people and 359,768 white people, including Hispanic/Latino, went missing. Black women make up fewer than 7 percent of the total population, yet represent nearly 10 percent of all missing Americans. We would love to explore how we extend our mission beyond the United Kingdom.
Currently, missingblackpeople.com is a project and community initiative. The founder, Dominic Norton, funds the project personally and does not accept any donations and the project does not generate any revenue. The project may evolve into a community interest company to ensure accountability and sustainability as it scales.