After gaining nationwide attention, an official task force has been created in an attempt to find the missing teens in Washington, D.C.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser made the announcement on Friday (March 24) that the city will dedicate more resources to find city children who are missing. The Congressional Black Caucus has already asked the FBI to assist in the issue.
There will reportedly be an increase in the number of police officers attempting to locate people as well as the aforementioned task force to determine what social services teenagers need to stabilize their home lives. Nonprofit organizations will also receive more funds to work with vulnerable teenagers.
“Often times, these girls are repeat runaways,” Kevin Harris, a spokesman for the mayor, told the Washington Post. “So if we really want to help solve this problem and bring down the numbers, we have to break the cycle of young people, especially young girls, who repeatedly run away from home.”
Police have previously been insisting that the rate of missing teenage women hasn’t risen, just the awareness of their disappearance.