When migrating in Europe, many people lose contact with their family back home. Others find themselves separated from relatives with whom they were traveling. Restoring contact is not always easy, all the more when your family can also be on the move. Trace the Face was created precisely to help these families reconnect. This search can spread across three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa.
It is not compulsory to publish one’s photo online to use Trace the Face. People can also choose to have their picture displayed only on the Trace the Face poster. This poster features 16 photos of people looking for their relatives. Each month, a new poster is printed with different pictures. It is sent to Trace the Face participating countries and their respective National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society and ICRC offices. Posters are displayed in locations where they are likely to be seen by migrants.
Created in 2013 by several European National Red Cross Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Trace the Face is a website, where people looking for their missing relatives publish their own photo. Hopefully, they will be recognized by their missing relatives or by someone who has information about them. Pictures of children under 15 are not made public, to protect them from potential harm. They can only be seen in presence of National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society or ICRC staff.
You can access Trace the Face website and the pictures anywhere in the world. However, if you wish to upload your photo on the website, you can only do it through National Red Cross or Red Crescent
Society or ICRC staff. This is not possible in all countries.
If you live in a country where Trace the Face is not available or if you are looking for a relative gone missing in another situation – related to war for instance – the International Movement of the Red
Cross and Red Crescent can also help you.
You can also open a Tracing Request in National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society or ICRC offices closest to you in almost every country in the world.