Unsolved murders, also known as cold cases, are a source of frustration, pain, and injustice for families of victims and communities. The passage of time and lack of progress can make these cases seem forgotten and hopeless. However, there are ways to advocate for justice in these cases and bring new attention and resources to them.
Get involved with advocacy organizations
Joining advocacy organizations that specialize in cold cases can provide families with support and a sense of community, as well as resources and expertise. These organizations can also bring attention to individual cases and pressure authorities to take action. There are several national and local organizations that provide support and advocacy for cold cases, such as the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children (POMC).
Use social media
Social media is a powerful tool for spreading awareness and generating public pressure. Sharing information about cold cases on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can bring new attention to these cases and prompt authorities to take action. Creating and promoting a hashtag for a specific case can also help to galvanize support and bring attention to the case. Take a look at our social media advocacy guide here for inspiration
Write to elected officials
Writing to elected officials, such as state representatives, senators, and the governor can bring attention to cold cases and pressure authorities to take action. Encouraging others to write letters and sign petitions can also increase the impact. Be sure to include specific information about the case, such as the victim’s name and details about the crime, as well as a call to action for the elected official to take specific steps. Take a look at our legislative advocacy campaign for NY here. You can support our efforts on behalf of homicide victims’ families by sending an email today and signing our petition.
Participate in cold case initiatives
Participating in local or national cold cases initiatives, such as National Missing and Unidentified Persons Week, can help to raise awareness and bring attention to cold cases. This can include organizing community events, speaking to the media, and engaging in public advocacy.
Advocating for justice in cold cases can be a long and difficult process, but it is possible to make a difference. By using these methods and working together, families and communities can bring new attention, resources, and hope to cold cases and help to bring closure and justice to victims.