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Trace and find family members

Find My Family - The Tracing Service

Every year, countless families across the world are separated by conflict, disaster and migration.

The Tracing Service in Australia is part of the International Red Cross Red Crescent global tracing network, which aims to help people find family and re-establish contact between separated and long lost family members and clarify the fate of the missing.

Dorcas Mwinyi Yungu and her brothers embrace at Darwin Airport after being separated for five years by armed conflict in their homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The following services are provided free of charge:

  • help in finding a family member missing as a result of war or disaster
  • help in sending a message to a relative where there is no formal means of communication
  • help in checking the welfare of a relative overseas whom you are unable to reach due to illness or other circumstances
  • help in providing you with a confirmation of detention if the International Committee of the Red Cross visited you in detention overseas.

An information sheet about the Tracing Service is available to download in 18 languages.

See if the Tracing Service can help you find family »



Photo: Australian Red Cross/Chris Knight


A family reconnected

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Follow Red Cross volunteers and staff as they search for the missing family of Nadine, a Burundian refugee separated from her family and loved ones during the Burundian civil war.
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