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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U.S. Teen Allegedly Raped in Costa Rica Declines to Press Charges

Inside Costa Rica reports that a 19-year-old U.S. woman who was allegedly raped by multiple attackers in La Fortuna de San Carlos over the weekend has refused to cooperate in prosecuting four…

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 16, 2014 at 7:56pm

Wisconsin Teen Reportedly Raped in Costa Rica

Inside Costa Rica reports that a 17-year-old high school student on a study tour from the U.S. state of Wisconsin, reported on Sunday that she was raped by seven men in La Fortuna de San Carlos, a popular tourist town that is home to the Arenal Volcano.

Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 15, 2014 at 10:22am

U.S. Teacher Found Strangled in Cambodia Garbage Dump

The man was identified as William Bryan Glenn, 44, from Mississippi. U.S. State Department declines to comment.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 13, 2014 at 12:54pm

Mexican Authorities Find Harry Devert's Motorcycle, Human Remains Buried Nearby

Authorities in Mexico are investigating whether human remains found in a remote area of Mexico could be the body of an American traveler who has been missing since January. Harry Devert started a lengthy road trip on a motorcycle last fall that would take him across the U.S. and through parts of Central and South America. Devert, 32 when he disappeared, had planned to end the trip at the World Cup in Brazil.…

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 13, 2014 at 12:48pm

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