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

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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.


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. 

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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training Webinar

Sex Trafficking and Indian Country 

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The topic of human trafficking in Indian Country encompasses two categories; human trafficking within Indian country and human trafficking of Native American victims. This 90-minute webinar will cover investigation and prosecution tactics, strategies and legal arguments from an experienced federal prosecutor who has worked both categories of cases. To illustrate his points, the speaker will outline his work in several significant federal human trafficking prosecutions. The case examples will also highlight how Native American victims may be more vulnerable to crimes of sexual exploitation due to isolation, and high rates of poverty, substance abuse, and sexual abuse. All federal, tribal, state and local criminal justice, social service, and medical personnel working with tribal communities are welcome to register.

Registration deadline: 5:00 p.m., ET, Monday, April 19, 2021

Deadline for OLE notification email: Thursday, April 22, 2021   

Note: This training will be using Eastern time for all sessions. If you are not located in the Eastern time zone, please check the times below for the time zone in your area.

Training Date April 26, 2021
Eastern Time  3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Central Time  2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
Mountain Time  1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Pacific Time  12:00 - 1:30 p.m. 

PLEASE REGISTER AT THE LINK BELOW 

  1. https://usao.webex.com/usao/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2f6272946b18cff8b5e47cdcbd91690b
  2. Click the “Register” button.
  3. Complete the registration survey.
  4. Click the “Submit” button

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.