International Day of the Disappeared

#NoTraceOfYou: Missing but not forgotten.

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First aid for refugee Ukrainians

Armed conflict in Ukraine

Tracing missing relatives and providing support for those affected

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Cyber-attack targets international tracing data

Important Information from the GRC tacing service

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Child in Myanmar

How we help

The GRC Tracing Service searches for, connects and reunites families. In Germany and around the world.

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German Red Cross

How we work

Tracing. Connecting. Reuniting: The GRC Tracing Service under the humanitarian mandate of the Red Cross.

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supports people who have become separated from their family due to armed conflicts, natural disasters, escape, displacement or migration.
It helps to trace family members, to put them back in contact and to reunite families.

  • GRC Tracing Service - Tracing (Flower-Postcard)


    The GRC Tracing Service clarifies the fates of missing persons from the Second World War and searches worldwide for people who have been separated from their relatives as a result of current armed conflicts and disasters.
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  •  Man makes a phone call with help of the GRC Tracing Service


    The GRC Tracing Service enables the exchange of messages between relatives who have lost contact to each other and cannot communicate using conventional means.
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  • Family reunited at the airport


    The GRC Tracing Service advises and supports relatives who are separated by armed conflict, disaster, flight, expulsion or migration in reuniting families in Germany.
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International Day of the Disappeared 2022

#NoTraceOfYou: Missing but not forgotten.

Remembering missing migrants. Supporting their families.

This horrifying figure – equivalent to the capacity of an ocean liner, or a football stadium stand – represents only documented cases. The actual number of people missing along the migratory route to Europe is much higher. Since 2014, tens of thousands of migrants have disappeared, never to be heard from again. Their families must endure the daily pain of waiting for news, clinging on to hope.

As long as people are forced to risk their lives on dangerous migratory routes, the human toll will continue to rise.


Core mission of tracing service more important than ever

Countless refugees throughout the world have gone missing without a trace. On the 30 August, the International Day of the Disappeared, the German Red Cross (GRC) is spotlighting its tracing service – one of its core activities. “For each missing person, there is a whole family desperate for information. The Red Cross helps relatives trace loved ones worldwide. Last year, the GRC alone processed around 1,730 international tracing requests. The main countries of origin continue to be Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and Iraq, and Ukraine has also been added to the list this year. Since January we have received approximately 700 requests in total. Due to the many prolonged and serious crises across the globe, it is all the more important to make the work of our tracing service better known to those in need of it,” says Gerda Hasselfeldt, President of the German Red Cross.

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International Day of the Disappeared 2022

Berlin, 29.08.2022

Countless refugees throughout the world have gone missing without a trace. On the 30 August, the International Day of the Disappeared, the German Red Cross (GRC) is spotlighting its Tracing Service –…

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Ukrainian population on the run

Armed conflict in Ukraine: Information from the GRC Tracing Service

Berlin, 09.03.2022 In view of the current situation in Ukraine, the GRC Tracing Service provides the following information on its services read more

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Open Letter from the ICRC and the GRC

Berlin, 31.01.2022

Hacking the data of the world’s most vulnerable is an outrage

The recent cyber-attack targeting humanitarian data belonging to 515,000 people was an affront to humanity, endangering those already…

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GRC Tracing Service

GRC also affected by cyber-attack on ICRC server in Geneva

Berlin, 20.01.2022

The serious cyber attack reported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva yesterday evening, 19 January, also affects the International Tracing Service of the German Red Cross…

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Insights into our work

Family M. and GRC President Mrs Hasselfeldt

Finally reunited - after more than six years apart

Finally reunited - after more than six years apart

Elham M. is 21 years old and knows exactly how long she was separated from her father – six years and two months. From 2014 to 2020, between the…

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Family A. and GRC President Mrs Hasselfeldt

Missing without a trace after fleeing

Over Christmas 2013, Yusif and Gule A. and their two small children arrive as refugees from Syria at a reception centre in Bielefeld. Three weeks earlier, they had fled their village in northern Syria…

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People made of cardboard and with a heart

Happy family reunification in spite of many difficulties

After six years of separation, Mr Y.’s wife and daughter finally receive the longed-for family reunion visa and can enter Germany. The time of waiting was dominated by anxiety, sorrow and despair.…

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Wolfgang Voss

Wolfgang Voss: Prisoner of war compensation

In the winter of 1945 towards the end of the Second World War, Wolfgang Voss was injured in the trenches after being hit by shrapnel in his hip during combat with US soldiers in the Schnee Eifel…

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Manfred Kropp

The case of Manfred Kropp

Certainty about the whereabouts of the war-missing father from Russian archives read more

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At long last clarity about the own identity!

Success of the GRC child tracing service read more

Tracing missing relatives

  • International Tracing with the GRC Tracing Service

    Online International tracing request

    Search for relatives who are missing due to armed conflict, disaster, flight, displacement or migration.

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  • Ethnic German repatriates

    Online tracing request - Ethnic German repatriates

    Search for relatives who are missing due to resettlement to Germany (in particular ethnic German repatriates from the former Soviet Union).

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  • Second World War

    Online tracing request - Second World War

    Search for relatives who are missing in connection with the Second World War or the division of Germany.

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Information and background knowledge

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