Friday, January 31, 2020

President Trump Creates Task Force To Investigate Missing Murdered Native Women

READ THE FULL STORY HERE  This is excellent news on #MMIWG an issue long ignored.

The Department of the Interior, Department of Justice, and Department of Health and Human Services met as a task force for the first time on Wednesday, co-chaired by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Attorney General William Barr.

The task force “is composed of federal officials charged with enhancing the criminal justice response, consulting with tribal governments on potential solutions and empowering native communities with information,” a press release announcing the new campaign said.
“President Trump is committed to addressing systemic challenges in Indian Country, and this task force will develop and implement an aggressive, government-wide strategy to combat the crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives,” Bernhardt said. “By working together and listening to impacted citizens and tribal communities, we intend to tackle these complex issues.”
Trump has called the high rates of violence in the Native American community “sobering and heartbreaking.” 
The task force, dubbed Operation Lady Justice, will “review Indian Country cold cases, to strengthen law enforcement protocols, and work with tribes to improve investigations, information sharing and a more seamless response to missing persons investigations.”

The task force will issue a progress report to the president on Nov. 26, 2020, with a final report deadline of Nov. 26, 2021.

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