At The Dock Ellis Foundation, our mission is to empower minority victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and families of missing persons through education, awareness and access to services. We also work to end modern day slavery by partnering with major league sports, celebrities, and other influencers to raise awareness and funds to support our work.
More than 250,000 women of all ages went missing in the United States in 2021, and more than a third of those cases were Black women and girls, according to the National Crime and Information Center, which collects data on missing women nationwide.
In 2020, 268,884 women were reported missing, and nearly 100,000 were Black women and girls. Black women account for less than 15% of the U.S. population, but more than one-third of all missing women.
Black women face a particularly high risk of being killed at the hands of a man. According to the FBI, at least four Black women were murdered per day in 2020. That staggering number is probably an undercount, as crimes against Black women go underreported. When it comes to human trafficking, Black women are at increased risk here as well. As outlined in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation report on human trafficking, in a two-year study of human trafficking incidents across the country. Black women, girls, and gender nonconforming people are disproportionately represented as victims/survivors of trafficking. Black women make up 40% of people who have survived sex trafficking. Black youth comprise 51% of all prostitution arrests for those under age 18—more than any other racial group.
We provide opportunities, resources and advocacy to minority communities to improve the lives of the poorly served, underserved, never served and those traumatized by the atrocities of sex trafficking.
40% of sex trafficking victims were identified as Black women.
According to the FBI, 57.5% of all juvenile prostitution arrests are Black children.
More than four in ten Black women experience physical violence from an intimate partner during their lifetimes. White women, Latinas, and Asian/Pacific Islander women report lower rates.
Black women also experience significantly higher rates of psychological abuse—including humiliation, insults, name-calling, and coercive control—than do women overall.
Sexual violence affects Black women at high rates. More than 20 percent of Black women are raped during their lifetimes—a higher share than among women overall.
Black women face a particularly high risk of being killed at the hands of a man. A 2015 Violence Policy Center study finds that Black women were two and a half times more likely to be murdered by men than their White counterparts. More than nine in ten Black female victims knew their killers..
NEARLY 40 PERCENT OF MISSING PERSONS ARE PERSONS OF COLOR, YET, AFRICAN-AMERICANS MAKE UP ONLY 13 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION.
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