Natalie Wilson and her sister-in-law, Derrica Wilson, have worked together since 2008 to ensure the people of color that are reported missing don’t continue to slip through the cracks. The ‘Black And Missing Foundation’ helps raise awareness around missing person cases and helps families navigate police and the media, two spaces they say can be hostile for people of color.
Natalie said in an interview with Huff Post, “Derrica is in law enforcement, and I’m in media relations. Those are the two critical professions needed to bring awareness to find our missing. Families desperately need our help. Many times when they contact us, they have nowhere to go. They don’t know what to do. We are their last resort. We are their last hope. So, we cannot let them down. We have to do everything that we can and channel our resources to help them find their missing loved one.”
During the conversation, Natalie shared the inspiration behind the foundation and why they felt their efforts were important to African-Americans and other minorities. She said, “There was a young lady by the name of #TamikaHuston who went missing from Spartanburg, South Carolina, which is Derrica’s hometown. We heard that her family struggled to get any type of media coverage for her disappearance. And, a little while later Natalee Holloway went missing. Her name and face dominated the news.”