“Project Jason, A Voice for the Missing”
“Project Jason, A Voice for the Missing”
“AMW gets hundreds of letters each month from viewers who are seeking justice. Often, AMW is their last hope and the letter they send us might be the most important they have ever written. Like each writer, every My Story is different. Yet they all share a common bond — the search for justice.”justiceinmiami.org, America’s Most Wanted: My Story, Jul 2009
(Photo courtesy of Joe Carrillo) Here is Lilly’s mother, Lucely (left) and me (right) standing in front of the house where Lily was last seen in Coconut Grove, Florida.
Private Investigator Joe Carrillo and his partner Ana Lanuza.
Lucely asking the residents of Miami and Coconut Grove for their help. If you know anything at all about the disappearance of Lily Aramburo, please report your tip to law enforcement or place a call to Private Investigator Joe Carrillo at 305-926-3110.
South Florida friends, I have great news to report. Well, actually it’s an event I’m very excited for.. I’m happy to announce that Miami Mayor Carlos Alvarez is hosting a Take 25 Children’s Safety event for National Missing Children’s Day! Check out the details below and if you’re in Miami on May 20th, please swing by and show your support. I’ll be there with my children and I hope to meet you and yours!
Details: This event will provide daycare children and afterschool program children with safety demonstrations, hands on interaction with police and fire personnel to discuss the importance of children’s safety, and an educational puppet show that will emphasis child safety tips. In addition, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez will hold a press conference to heighten awareness about children’s safety issues, with a focus on prevention and encouraging parents, guardians, and other trusted-adult role models to spend time talking to kids and teaching them ways to be safer.
For more information contact: Suzanne Salichs at (305) 375-1216.
Parents, don’t miss this excellent opportunity to teach your children about safety!
Dear friends, a few weeks ago, I made some changes to this blog. Have you noticed the red Say No To Violence Widget? I hope you have noticed it and signed your name.
There are less than 2 weeks to go before UNIFEM will hand over all signatures to the Say NO to Violence against Women campaign to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. So far, more than 580,000 people have added their names. This is an enormous show of support, yet we are still aiming for 1 million signatures. If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to sign your name to the petition.
Please spread the word further and encourage 3 friends to sign up.
Ask them to join an ever-growing movement of people who demand that violence against women be a top priority for governments around the world at:
Thank you for all you do!
I’ve had so much to share with you these past few days and week but haven’t had much time to post. I’m working on a few projects and awareness campaigns.cements:
Don’t forget to let me know what your thoughts are my latest post! Free Online Resources for Finding Missing Persons Using Social Media
I have some exciting news to share with you. Published Author and Victims Advocate, Susan Murphy Milano, Stacy Dittrich, a law enforcement officer and Robin Sax, a sex-crimes D.A – joined forces to create the Justice Interrupted Crime Investigation Network. The focus of their alliance is to provide justice to victims of unsolved murders, rape, abducted children, family violence, missing person cases, domestic violence, cold cases and crimes against children. All three women have worked tirelessly for victims. I trust they will bring much needed attention to many important cases that have been ignored by traditional media and remained unsolved.
Personally, I am relieved. As the Spokesperson, for a missing mother, I know from experience how frustrating it is to get media attention. I know what it’s like to spend endless hours making phone calls to the press, emailing newspapers, radio stations and news channels, contacting anyone having the ability to publish a story. All in vain. I’ve come to the sad conclusion that media (especially locally) suffer from Missing White Woman Syndrome. There is a clear bias. Media attention has everything to do with the right race, age, social class and gender. Otherwise, don’t expect them to cover your story. Notice that most women who get plastered all over the news are usually attractive, white, and middle to upper-class. Things would have turned out very differently if Lilly had white skin and came from a wealthy family. The Miami Herald doesn’t care about a Hispanic woman who lived in Kendall and went missing.
UPDATE 12/20/08 and WARNING
Since this post, I’ve learned that Susan Murphy-Milano is not to be trusted. For more info on my experience with Susan, please see my Sincerest Apology to Christen You see, I was lied to by Susan. She told me she had evidence (GPS and credit card records) which proved Christen Pacheco (Lilly’s fiance) was responsible for her murder. All lies…
*Please be very careful if you’re thinking of going to Justice Interrupted for help.*
According the FBI, National Crime Information Center (NCIC) there are 105,229 active missing adult cases in the United States as of 1/1/2008. And 6,954 active cases of unidentified persons. Keep in mind, it is not yet mandated by law for law enforcement to include the Unidentified persons into the NCIC database. Many cases are never reported to law enforcement or entered into the NCIC. If it were fully utilized to its potential can you imagine the results?
With that said, take a moment to reflect on all the missing children, missing mothers, all the countless missing…worldwide. Think of their mothers, family & friends – what must it feel like to realize your loved one has VANISHED. I understand that this is not something you may enjoy doing. Ordinary folks don’t think of such depressing things. But can you just imagine for a second, the hell it must be to not know where you’re son/daughter is? The panic, fear & rush of thoughts, are they being harmed; are they alive/dead…? What a helpless & horrific experience for a human being to have to endure! Every missing child and adult is someone’s son or daughter, wife/husband, sister, grandmother, friend; This is an enormous problem throughout the world.
How about signing a petition for a Missing Persons Day to honor the missing and their families? I think it would be very helpful. The petition has the potential of making that day manifest! It would emphasize awareness of the suffering families around the world experience on a daily basis and encourage conversation and media attention (needed so desperately). It would help create change. No matter what country you live in, sign it and kindly forward to your friends. You can make a difference right now.
Come join me in social media networking sites and help raise awareness for the missing. I began my advocacy efforts for Lilly last year. Since then, I have created some groups and would be honored if you joined me. Social media can be very helpful. Join in the conversation and you’ll see.
My absolute favorite social networking tool is Twitter. Twitter is a real-time tool for “micro-blogging” or posting very short updates, comments or thoughts. It is very popular and a very good idea for those with a missing family member or friend. You can reach a wide audience if you use it wisely. If you’re already using Twitter, be sure to follow me @yogini.
If you’re on Myspace, please add Lilly as a friend. You can help by making her one of your top friends and posting info and links about her on your profile.
Join the Find Lilly Cause on Myspace! And please, don’t forget to invite all your friends.
I created this Missing Persons Room on Friendfeed. Please join and start submitting news articles about missing people. It’s a really cool news agrregator. You’re going to love it.
Please join the Help Find Lilly Facebook Group
There’s also a Find Lilly Facebook Cause
Missing Persons Group on Care2. I’ve liked this network for a very long time. Great for activists.
Another blog with information and links about Lilly, missing persons, domestic violence and a wealth of resources.
This is a great community on Mixx. You can submit articles about missing people.
This is my Missing Persons US Group on Flikr. It is public and free to join. You’re encouraged to post pictures and flyers or posters of missing people.
I hope you join me in reaching out to others. You can make a difference!
Forever grateful to your support!