Justin King | The Anti-Media
The Center for Search and Investigations (CFSI) is ramping up a new initiative to expand an already impressive network that has helped recover around 400 missing or trafficked kids since 2009. The organization has made headlines all over the country for their activities and is made up of volunteers from every walk of life. The organization does not bill families or communities for their services.
Chuck Foreman, the nonprofit’s founder, described the blend of people from various backgrounds that make the organization so successful. Licensed private investigators, experienced trackers, and veterans are expected to be found in an organization specializing in locating missing children, but a large number of their volunteers come from less conventional sources.
CFSI has an entire section made up of bikers. Foreman says that the BURN section isn’t made up of just weekend riders. Some are “straight up outlaws” and Foreman credits the highly mobile bikers with handling a large part of the canvassing and searching that CFSI does in urban areas. “They’re out there hunting,” he said. Though it might seem strange to see hardcore bikers working with law enforcement Foreman says that
“when it comes to kids, everyone puts everything else aside.”
The organization also has a section called NOMAD that handles cases where the child has been missing for more than nine weeks. The NOMAD section expands the search radius and employs everything from flyers and water bottles featuring the missing child’s information to posters on the side of big-rig semis.
Now the organization is targeting a new type of activist for recruitment: the tech-savvy, college-aged activist that can use their networks online and off to extend CFSI’s reach even further.
“College kids in general are your cream of the crop. Full of energy and drive. We help them develop some skill sets and they help us.”
Foreman’s goal is to have at least one representative in every university and college town, and pointed out how great volunteering with a nonprofit organization like CFSI looks on a resume. Today’s socially-conscious university student is active in many of the scenes that children disappear into, and their contacts can help locate missing and exploited children faster than one might expect.
Foreman, an Iraq war vet, founded the organization after he had to “convince” a 40-year-old meth cook to stop exploiting a friend’s daughter. The girl was in her early teens. After that , similar cases kept coming to Foreman until the demand for his services was more than he could handle, after that CFSI was born.
2100 kids go missing in the United States every single day. So when an organization like CFSI asks for your help and you have to decide whether or not to volunteer your time, you have to wonder who would fill your shoes if you decide not to get involved. You have to ask yourself: If not you, who?
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