Catherine Cortez Masto Intros Bill to Fight Violence Against Native American Women
Tribal communities across the country are experiencing an epidemic of violence. Approximately 34% of Native women will experience sexual violence or assault. Additionally, Native women and girls are disproportionately likely to become victims of sex trafficking, contributing to the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. To help combat this epidemic, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) on Wednesday introduced the Not Invisible Act, legislation aimed at addressing the crisis of missing, murdered, and trafficked Native people by engaging law enforcement, tribal leaders, federal partners, and service providers and improving coordination across federal agencies. This bipartisan legislation, which Cortez Masto introduced with Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Jon Tester (D-MT), would establish an advisory committee of local, tribal, and federal stakeholders to make recommendations to the Interior and Justice Departments on best practices to combat the epidemic of disappearances, homicide, violent crime, and trafficking of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. It would also require the Secretary of the Interior to designate an official to coordinate violent crime prevention efforts across federal agencies. “Our Native communities need more support to combat human trafficking and stop violent crime across Indian Country,” said Cortez Masto. “We need stronger partnerships and programs to properly address this epidemic of violence. By ensuring that there is better coordination between the federal government, law enforcement and tribal governments and leaders, all parties can work together to find the best strategies to respond to this crisis.” More here.