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.

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English-Speaking Man Living on Streets of Matamoros, MX

The gentleman in this picture -- who speaks only English and goes by the name David -- is living on the streets of Matamoros, MX. Please share, in the hope that someone will recognize him.…

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on November 13, 2017 at 5:00pm

Businessman Donates $100 K to Support Search for Montrealer Missing in Peru

Prominent businessman Mitch Garber has joined those helping to search for missing a Montrealer who’s been missing in Peru since late September.  In a Facebook post, Garber said he’s donated $100,000 to help fund the continued search for 22-year-old Jesse Galganov. Galganov was last seen on Sept. 28, checking out of a hostel in the Peruvian town of Huaraz.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on October 31, 2017 at 1:18pm

Twin Sisters Swept Away by a "Rogue Wave" in Mexico

Twin sisters were killed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, while walking on the beach. Barbara Jo (Sova) Thomas of McKinney, TX and Beverly Ann (Sova) Skripsky of Scottsdale, AZ, both 67, were hit by a rogue wave that carried them out to sea. They both drowned.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on October 27, 2017 at 3:05pm

Apple & Amazon Cooperating in Search for Canadian Missing in Peru

A Canadian woman who is searching for her missing son in Peru says Amazon and Apple have released information requested by Peruvian police trying to find the 22-year-old.

Alisa Clamen, a Montreal resident, says it is hoped the information from Jesse Galganov's Kindle and iPhone will lead police to the missing man. Clamen said Galganov left for a backpacking trip through South America and Southeast Asia last month.…

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on October 27, 2017 at 2:55pm

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