America prides itself on its “freedom.” But for many women, among them Latinas, the ability to walk outside safely is not a reality. Year after year, thousands of women have vanished. Often, foul play is at the hands of those closest to them (more often than not, a missing woman has been murdered by her spouse or significant other). Other times, people vanish due to uncontrolled mental illness or a desire to run away and start a new life. Whatever the reason, every human being deserves to be safe and found if they are missing.
We want to help bring to light some of the many missing Latinas so that maybe together, we can bring them home. Having their faces out in the public eye, even after the news teams have turned off their video cameras and have moved on to another story, is critical. So, take a look at these photos, read the stories, and please share.
It is especially troubling and sad when a teenager goes missing. In Brooklyn, 17-year old Sherry Alvarez disappeared on August 27, 2017. Although there is no information on what Sherry was wearing when she went missing, we do know some of her physical stats: Alvarez is Black, has black hair and brown eyes, stands 5’7” tall, and weighs 150 pounds.
Another missing Latina is 14-year-old Aaliyah Ramirez. She was last seen on April 27, 2021, in Syracuse, Indiana, where she lives, but could be as far away as Georgia or Florida. Ring footage of Aaliyah (who has black hair and brown eyes, is 5’8” tall, and weighs 138 pounds) leaving her home on her way to school shows her wearing, according to 16 WNDU-South Bend, “a black jacket, grey and white sweatpants, and a purple Nike backpack and/or shoes.
On the Instagram page for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, you can learn more about the many children who have vanished in the U.S. One such kid is 14-year-old Elena Valdez. She was last seen in Glendale, Arizona, on April 25, 2021, and may still be there. She could go by the name Lupita. Her physical characteristics are as follows: black hair, brown eyes, 5’2” in height, and with a weight of 100 pounds. Elena may be in need of medical attention.
20-year-old Marilyn Martinez was last seen in the 400 block of Figueroa Drive, in Altadena, on September 28, 2019, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. She was wearing “a black shirt, black jacket, black shorts, and tennis shoes” and has black hair, brown eyes; is 4’9” tall and weighs 112 pounds. Marilyn has a star tattoo on both the left side of her stomach and the right side of her neck and suffers from schizophrenia.
Another missing Latina is JinetLee Luciano, who disappeared from Yonkers, New York, on May 4 of this year. The 28-year-old was last seen around 1 Pier Pointe Street, but what she was wearing then is unknown. What we do know is that Luciano is 5’8” tall, weighs 155 pounds, and in this photo has blonde hair and brown eyes. JinetLee also suffers from bipolar disorder with suicidal ideation.
Like so many missing women in America, we need to find Josefina Garcia. The 64-year-old was last seen on April 22, 2021, in Bakersfield. She was near the Dollar Tree on Stockdale Highway and California Avenue, per KGET 17 and her family. Josefina has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black shirt, brown pants, and black tennis shoes.
Dulce Maria Alvarez
A child should be enjoying their youth, not experiencing something as horrendous as a kidnapping. Dulce Maria Alvarez, who was only five years old at the time of her disappearance–April 25, 2014–vanished from Bridgeton City Park in New Jersey. Officials believed she was taken by a man, perhaps in a red van, according to NBC 10. Dulce Maria was last seen wearing a yellow shirt with an elephant on it, black and white pants, and white shoes. She has brown hair and brown eyes and was about 3” tall and 60-70 pounds when she disappeared.
After not seeing her since the beginning of the month (March 9, 2021), a neighbor called Marshfield, Wisconsin authorities regarding 40-year-old Xiomara Santiago (according to WSAW). The brown hair browned-eyed Latina, who wears her hair both curly and straight, drives a 2008 blue, four-door Chevy Impala with the license plates AKN-1927.
Can you help bring Angie Plata home? This missing Latina was last seen on April 7 of this year in Kern County, California, and is 44 years old. Due to issues with her mental health, Angie is considered at-risk. She has black and grey hair, brown eyes, is 5’3” tall, weighs 250 pounds, and has three tattoos. One says “Jesus” and is on the left side of her chest; another is the name “Vanessa” on her left wrist. On her right wrist is the name “Robert.”