Black and Missing, Inc.

Posted: June 1, 2008 in Our children, Our Missing Babies

This was recently e-mailed to me.

(Hyattsville, MD) – On Saturday, May 24, Derrica Wilson, president and CEO of Black and Missing, Inc. (BAM), announced the launch of a free, Web-based service whose mission is to maximize exposure of missing persons of color so that they can be reunited with their loved ones.

The service uses a formal, technology database to create a personal profile of missing individuals and will include biographical and physical information.

“As a police officer, mother, and member of the African-American community, I have witnessed first-hand the disparity in media coverage for missing persons of color,” said Wilson. “BAM was created to change that disparity by being the voice of the missing.”

BAM will create public awareness campaigns for public safety and provide parents, other family members and friends with a forum for spreading the word about the disappearance of missing persons. A variety of media, including print, television, and the Internet, will be used to help locate the missing.

BAM is also dedicated to educating individuals on personal safety, and providing tips on what to do if a loved one is missing.

Statistics for missing persons are alarming. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation statistical report published in January 2008, there are more than 65,000 persons missing. Of that number, more than 25,000 are persons of color.

For more information about this service, please visit BAM’s Web site at


Natalie Wilson

Director of Public Relations

Black and Missing, Inc.


  1. Black and Missing, Inc. Celebrates the Life of Tamika Huston

    (Landover Hills, Md) Today, on what would be her 29th birthday, Black and Missing, Inc. is remembering the life of Tamika Huston who disappeared in May 2004 from Spartanburg, South Carolina and was ultimately found murdered.

    Huston’s family tried to get national attention for her disappearance, but received very little coverage for nearly a year after she went missing. However, the cases of Laci Peterson, Lori Hacking, Natalee Holloway and other young white women dominated news networks.

    “The Huston story has garnered national debates on the disparity in media coverage of missing persons of color,” said Derrica Wilson, president and CEO of Black and Missing, Inc. “The struggles of the Huston family and other grieving families throughout the minority community were instrumental in the creation of BAM.”

    “The pain of losing Tamika in such a senseless and brutal way will never subside,” said Huston’s aunt, Rebkah Howard. “However, our family is all too familiar with the sheer number of missing person’s cases in this country which will never be solved and the thousands of families who will never receive justice for their loved ones. In a sad way, we consider ourselves among the fortunate ones and we certainly believe Tamika would want us to use our collective grief and experiences to help others.”

    With close to 40 percent of all missing persons reported being persons of color, BAM, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was founded with a mission is to:

    • Increase the awareness and exposure of missing persons of color;

    • Assist in finding missing minorities – adults and children; and

    • To educate the minority community on personal safety.

    Christopher Hampton, Huston’s ex-boyfriend, confessed to Huston’s murder and was sentenced to life in prison on April 4, 2006.

    For additional information on BAM and its free services, please visit, or call (571) 245-4855.

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