As of today, over a dozen D.C. teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 are missing. According to Crime Online, reports on the exact number of missing persons vary. The Huffington Post reports that since January 37 missing persons cases remain unsolved in the District; these cases involve both boys and girls, all of whom are black or Latinx. On March 14, the Washington Post reported that 10 teen girls, all black and Latinx, remain missing in the D.C. area.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department's website, these seven female teens are still considered critical missing as of this afternoon:
The individuals listed as critical missing on the Metropolitan Police Department's website differ from those on lists provided by NBC Washington and other news sources. That descriptions of the missing D.C. teens vary so much implicates these news sources in their failure to publicize the cases of endangered black and Latinx individuals.
All photos are the Metropolitan Police Department's website.
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Olivia Loperfido is an English and psychology major at New York University's College of Arts and Sciences, and the junior editor of NYU's Mercer Street (2017-'18). She enjoys spending time with her dogs and tortoise, watching RuPaul's Drag Race, and contacting her state representatives. Follow her on Instagram here and contact her via email here.