The Trayvon Martin saga has disappeared on Capitol Hill even as the trial of his killer captivates the nation.

The shooting death of the Florida teenager last year sparked an outcry from congressional Democrats – particularly members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – who made countless floor speeches, blanketed the cable news shows, penned legislation and hosted public forums to decry what they called a blatant case of racial profiling against the African American youth.

But 16 months later, as the trial of George Zimmerman reaches an end, those same lawmakers have remained notably silent. Indeed, the CBC has issued no public statements on the proceedings, and President Obama – who said last year, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” – is also holding his tongue.