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The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives

"Lady Justice" used with permission from DG Smalling, Choctaw Nation (see reuse policy).
Description

The Presidential Task Force

The Task Force has been empowered to conduct consultations; develop model protocols to apply to new and unsolved cases of missing or murdered persons in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, including best practices for law enforcement response, data sharing, and better use of databases; establish multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional teams to review cold cases that involve missing and murdered AI/AN; and develop both an education/outreach campaign and a public awareness campaign. However, the Task Force itself does not have the authority to review or investigate ongoing cases or cold cases, nor to provide direct or indirect support to victims or families at any stage of the criminal investigation or proceedings. If you or your family requires additional assistance, there are resources that may be able to provide assistance or refer you to organizations that might assist you.

Scammers Target Families of Missing Persons

The FBI warns that scammers have used social media posts about missing persons to target and attempt to exhort families. If a scammer is trying to extort you or someone you know, contact your local law enforcement agency or file a complaint with the FBI at www.IC3.gov.


Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice

As part of the ongoing collaborative efforts between the Department of Justice's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative and the Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives (Operation Lady Justice), the Department published two issues of the Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice dedicated to the topics of missing or murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice
January and March 2021 Issues

Issue on Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons: Legal, Prosecution, Advocacy and Healthcare

This issue, published March 2021, focuses on topics related to law, prosecution, advocacy and healthcare-related issues.

Issue on Missing or Murdered Indigenous People: Law Enforcement & Prevention

This issue, published January 2021, focuses on law enforcement and prevention-related issues.


Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Resources and Fact Sheets

There are resources available to help address the issues surrounding the missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives in the US.

Current Missing American Indian and Alaska Native Children

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and NamUs have posters and information on currently missing American Indian and Alaska Native Children.