Last week, Political Leaders and activist groups alike addressed the number of young minority women missing in the U.S., aiming to seek a resolution to the matter. In a discussion facilitated by the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, specialists and promoters weighed in on the genetic divergence surrounding young females disappearing across the nation.The gathering comes only a few weeks after law enforcement in Washington, D.C. propelled an online networking effort requesting the public’s assistance in locating children missing from their region.

Images of the adolescents caught the nation’s attention, causing outrage surrounding speculations that the kids may have been forced to succumb to human trafficking. Local authorities within the district immediately subdued the gossip, stating that they had no confirmation that the missing children played roles in any trafficking rings and noted that most of them had only just run away from their homes.

Political leaders release both facts and opinions

In a report provided by the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, the United States documented over 640,000 people missing last year. The Black and Missing Foundation noted that out of 647,435 individuals listed in that report, more than 240,000 of them were ethnic minorities.

House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi stated that the amount of missing African American females missing throughout the nation is unjustifiable and believes that it's everyone's obligation to stand up and speak out about it.

The forum's speakers mentioned peer exploitation and social media interactions as the leading causes surrounding the youths who are missing.

Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley claims the main reason why most kids disappear is that they are attempting to remove themselves from cycles of abuse they’ve endured inside their homes.

Kisha Roberts-Tabb, an adolescent post-trial supervisor with the Juvenile Courts in Cook County, sharply noted during the forum that removing teenagers from the streets then deliberately placing them in confinement does way more harm than good to the overall wellbeing of these children.

She expressed that such situations also contribute to many children turning up missing or choosing to run away.

Plans to resolve the issue

The Caucus anticipates providing a data report to the public by the end of 2017 listing several courses of action that the U.S. can implement to settle the dilemma surrounding its missing children. House representative Bonnie Watson Coleman declared that this discourse opens an entryway for future implementation of these arrangements.

Coleman, along with Representatives Yvette D. Clarke and Robin Kelly, formed the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls last year to recognize African Americans in government policies and to give them a voice in politics.

There are 430 councils total currently enlisted on Capitol Hill. The United States views Coleman’s caucus as the first one committed to the African American community. The group address many issues surrounding minorities, including human services, voting rights, and locating the all of their lost children.