The Missing Americans Project

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When a U.S. citizen disappears in a foreign country, the family quickly finds that they're on their own. We've been there and want to help.



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Looking for Americans Lost in Foreign Countries

Families of Americans who disappear in foreign countries should not have to invent the wheel. Unfortunately, this is what too often happens: people in deep distress have to learn how to run an international search and rescue operation, raise funds, cultivate relationships with nongovernmental organizations, and work with the media -- all within hours of learning their loved one is missing. The absence of clear standard operating procedures within and among U.S. embassies and a lack of State Department support leads to an unconscionable waste of time when time is of the essence.

The Missing Americans Project is intended to:

* Build awareness of the problems of Americans missing in foreign countries;
* Increase the accountability and transparency of U.S. State Department processes where missing Americans are concerned.
* Lobby for legal and policy changes where necessary.
* Develop a global rapid-response network that is not subject to the same bureaucratic wrangling as the U.S. State Department is.
* Advocate for the interests of the families of missing Americans.

Blog Posts

Roatan: A Case Study in the Irresponsibility of the "Travel Media"

One of my biggest gripes for years now has been the lack of a truly critical travel media that examines the industry it purports to cover with an eye toward more than the prettiest locales and the best deals. For an industry that rivals…


Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on April 18, 2014 at 8:00am

U.K. Citizen Murdered in Bahamas Home Invasion

The BBC reports that Edgar Dart, 56, a British citizen who lived in Winnipeg, Canada, was killed when a masked gang attacked his mother's home in Emerald Bay, Grand Bahama. His…


Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on April 14, 2014 at 6:28pm

Cruise Ship Employee Murdered on Roatan, Honduras

CruiseLaw News reports that a Norweigian Cruise Lines Pearl crew member named "Jacob" from the Philippines was killed by a gunshot  while the Norwegian Pearl was in Roatan, Honduras today.…


Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on April 7, 2014 at 6:57am

Please Help a MAP Member Bring Her Mom Home

A physically abused, developmentally disabled American woman is being held against her will in Mexico. She wants to come home but doesn't know where she is. The State Department won't even try to help her family bring her home. You can…


Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on April 6, 2014 at 1:39am


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