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Representative’s Ilhan Omar and Betty McCollum Pressure Joe Biden To Create An Office For Missing And Murdered Black Girls

In September of 2023, Representative Illhan Omar introduced the Brittany Clardy Missing and Murdered Black Women Act. The Act is named after Brittany Clardy, an 18-year-old girl who was reported missing back in 2013. Her family says the police did not take the case seriously until she was found murdered two weeks later after her disappearance in the trunk of a car.

Representative Omar’s website states, “According to the National Crime Information Center, Black women and girls make up 15% of the total female population in the United States but still made up nearly 34% of women reported missing in 2020. For young Black women 20 years of age or below, such disparities mean that while they are only 2% of the U.S. population, they made up more than 15% of missing persons, or around 80,000 individuals in 2022.” The Act comes from a Minnesota state legislature bill that created the first state in the U.S. to create an office for Missing and Murdered Black Women in 2023.

On June 28th, Representatives Omar and McCollum penned a letter to President Biden about the Act.  They stated points in the letter on what the office should entail which include: Develop administrative guidance and policy recommendations to improve data collection, analysis, and review of missing person and homicide cases of Black women and girls, establish a national advisory body of affected Black women and girls and their families, and create a centralized depository and public dashboard for the tracking of missing and murdered Black women and girls.

Writer:@rayvensierraa--📸Star Tribune, Getty Images--Follow More at #BlackGirlNews @itsblackgirlnews


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