About us

The Missing Blog’s mission is to aggregate and disseminate news, information and resources about enforced disappearances around the world. We seek to bring together voices from a range of disciplines to cultivate thoughtful discussion. The scope of the site includes coverage on enforced disappearances particularly in conflict situations as well as those people who go missing under other circumstances such as migration. Additionally we seek to cover emerging approaches to dealing with the legacy of enforced disappearances, particularly the needs of families that are often overlooked in legal approaches to transitional justice.

While the rule of law is critical, The Missing Blog is primarily driven by humanitarian considerations including the needs of families whose loved ones go missing in conflict. The marginalization of families’ needs in traditional approaches to transitional justice is quite common.  Families of the disappeared require truth, justice and economic support, but also emotional and psychosocial intervention. We will discuss ambiguous loss, and international criminal law, truth commissions and social stigma. The Missing Blog aims to be inclusive of all the legacies of disappearance. As such, here we will seek to encourage the most transversal discussion of the issue of missing persons, and will privilege approaches that are holistic and acknowledge the range of needs families face, and how they interact. Such discussions will inevitably include academic discourse, though we will not dwell in the ivory tower. The Missing Blog seeks to be relevant to the ongoing discussion around enforced disappearances, exposing current situations and hopefully shedding light on a way forward.

The Missing Blog is not directly affiliated or partnered with any organization or political group or view. We welcome contributions and primary source material as we aim to leverage our resources to provide a platform for information that may otherwise go unheard.

Simon Robins – Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief

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Simon Robins is a humanitarian practitioner and researcher with an interest in transitional justice, humanitarian protection and human rights. Simon completed a PhD at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York where his research examined the issue of persons missing in conflict, critiquing current practice in transitional justice. Simon has served as an ICRC delegate in Timor-Leste, Uganda and Nepal and consulted for a range of international agencies, including the ICRC, ICTJ and the ISS. He continues to work to understand the impacts of disappearances and how intervention can address these. www.simonrobins.com

Erik B. Wilson – Co-Founder and Managing Editor

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Erik B. Wilson is development professional and researcher with an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He has been engaged on the issue of enforced disappearances for more than 5 years, largely in Nepal.  Most recently he contributed to a study on the mobilization of victims groups in collaboration with Simon Robins, supported by a grant from the Berghof Foundation.


Claire McGillem – Staff Writer

CMClaire McGillem is a recent graduate of Carleton College where she earned her B.A. in Political Science & International Relations with a concentration in Peace, Leadership and Security Studies. Claire spent four months in Rwanda studying post-genocide restoration and is a former intern with the Center for Victims of Torture. Her interests include conflict resolution, transitional justice, and human rights, particularly in the Great Lakes region of Africa.