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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1 American, 6 Others, Missing in Philippines

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has launched a search and rescue mission for an American and 5 other people who have been missing since Saturday in waters near Barangay Maloh in Siaton, Negros Oriental.

PCG spokesperson Commander Arman Balilo identified the six missing persons as Elmer Sabroso, Roseldo Andid, Rey Benetes, Jovie Fundador, Cristina Andid, and Bradley Fugate, an American. They were on board a 28-foot pumpboat that sailed on Friday.…

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on February 20, 2015 at 7:14pm

U.S. Representative Calls on U.S., Mexico to Take Action to Stop Violence in Tamaulipas

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela on Friday released a statement asking U.S. and Mexican authorities to bring an end to the violence in Tamaulipas.

“I don’t understand what it is going to take for the administrations in Mexico City and Washington, D.C., to take action to address the violence in Tamaulipas. More killings? More kidnappings? More missing Americans?” the congressman wrote. “I ask both administrations to move swiftly to create the same special secure economic zones on the…

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on February 8, 2015 at 1:30pm

Two Veterans Still Missing after Trip to Matamoros, MX

Ernesto and Jesus Garcia were reported missing in Mexico after they did not return home on Monday. The brothers from Brownsville were visiting their grandmother.

Family said they were staying in the south-west side of the city, about 20 minutes south of Brownsville Texas. The family said this was a trip the brothers made often. Every few months, they would visit their family in Matamoros and check-in on their grandmother. This trip was different because the two decided to drive home…

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on February 8, 2015 at 1:22pm

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