Missing Girls

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children More than 64,000 Black women and girls are missing in the United States. In 2016 the Chicago Reader analyzed data from the Chicago Police Department which showed that nearly a quarter of the city's 838 open missing persons cases as of August 1 were black women between the ages of 11 and 21. That would be more than 200 missing Black women and girls.


Compounding the tragedy of going missing, is the overwhelming stereotypes and stigmas that label Black women/girls as runaways, drug addicts and sex workers unworthy of serious investigation or invesitgation. This is atrocious, especially when media coverage within the first 48 hours is key to solving missing persons cases.


Furthermore, other conversations around violence and violence prevention as a public health issue negate Black girls.

“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”— Malcolm X

The GLMPI Streets is Watching Project, supported by funding from Acclivus Inc, is a collaboration with celebrated muralist, Damon Reed. Through this mural and storytelling project GLMPI aims to amplify the cases of missing Black girls and women from Chicago. 


GLMPI participants learned how gender violence impacts our communities, as well as ways to promote safety for Black girls. The murals will be a part of Damon’s Searching Project and Documentary film.


Not only do we call for the community to remember our missing girls, we demand protection for the girls still in our village. Everyone is accountable for the safe passage of women and girls. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect Black girls! 

Streets is watching...Let’s find them!

“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”— Malcolm X
The Missing Girls
Organizations and Resources
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Legislation & Policy:

The RILYA Alert system

RILYA created to help spread awareness about the disproportionate amount of media attention that missing African American Children receive. This alert system helps to bridge this discrepancy by shortening the response time in which crucial information is shared with the public. It is transmitted to the public electronically, similar to the Amber Alert, but without their stringent criteria that can impede progress or immediate attention or action. The RIYLA Alert is not meant to replace the Amber Alert System. It simply bridges the gap where the Amber Alert excludes or does not engage due to program criteria.

Task Force on Missing and Murdered Chicago Women Act (Proposed Illinois House Bill 3932)

Co-sponsors State Representatives Justin Slaughter, Mary Flowers (Dist. ) 

Kambium Buckner (26th District) John M. Cabello (68th District) - Jehan Gordon-Booth 92nd District), Mary E. Flowers (31st District), Lindsey LaPointe (19th District), Joyce Mason (61st District), Justin Slaughter (27th District), Barbara Hernandez (83rd District) and former State Rep Jonathan "Yoni" Pizer (12th District)  

Damon Reed

After graduating from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Damon Lamar Reed began his career as an artist.  To date, Reed has created 140 plus public art projects including: works for the Superbowl 46, works that can be seen in various documentaries and commercials, and works featured in books such as, Kym Pinders’, Painting the Gospel.  He has become an authority in mural restoration, having repainted over 10 to date; including murals by Calvin Jones, Bill Walker and John Pittman Weber. 

Damon became the 1st artist to receive the “Gem of the Community” award from Archi-treasures for his ability to collaborate in a creative context.   He was also honored at Voice of the Peoples(VOP) annual gala for his commitment to excellence.  His public art work can be found in Illinois, Texas, Florida, Indiana, Arizona, Michigan, Tennessee and Louisiana.  Damon is a true believer in the POWER of art and its ability to bring about change through its beauty.

His latest mural project Searching Project will be the subject of an upcoming documentary by director Latoya Flowers.