Bipartisan Senators Introduce Legislation on Violence Against Native Women

Today, Senators Lisa Murkowski, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Jon Tester announced bipartisan legislation called the Not Invisible Act to address violence against Native American women and outline a federal strategy to reduce the skyrocketing rates of murdered, missing, and trafficked indigenous women in the United States. The Not Invisible Act would create an advisory committee, composed of tribal leaders and experts, to research and propose best practices to prevent violence against indigenous women to the Justice Department and Interior Department and recommend how to better use federal resources. Cortez Masto said this bill will help the federal government understand what is happening to Native women, why they are disappearing, where they are going, and better train law enforcement in cases of sex trafficking. Cortz Masto announced, “I know from working with my tribal communities … that human trafficking is occurring. We need to play catch up on this.” Indigenous women are murdered at a rate ten times the national average and eighty-four percent of native women will experience violence in their lifetimes. Native women and girls are disproportionately victims of sex trafficking, leading to why native women are disappearing at alarming rates. Since 2010, at least 350 native women have […]

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