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

Mexico’s Guerrero Student Massacre: What We Know A Month Later

One month ago, 43 students disappeared from the town of Iguala in Mexico’s Pacific state of Guerrero. The search for the youths exposed an infernal landscape: the flesh of the southern Mexican countryside is clogged with corpses in mass clandestine graves. None has yet yielded the missing. Read full article

Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on November 1, 2014 at 10:42pm

More Grief Out of Matamoros, MX

Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on October 31, 2014 at 8:53pm

Texas Girl, Kidnapped 12 Years Ago, Rescued in Mexico

An Austin girl, kidnapped 12 years ago by her non-custodial parent, was found after a secret rescue mission Tuesday in Mexico. Sabrina Allen, now 16, has not yet been reunited with her father, but the woman who took her is now in custody. At this point it is not clear when the father and daughter will be united.

Sabrina was located in Tlaxcala, a small town south of Mexico City.…


Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on October 1, 2014 at 10:39pm


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