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 on February 1, 2021, the first of 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. There are many excellent articles in this edition, which examines the role of law enforcement, prevention, culture and medical treatment for victims.
Report to the President: Activities and Accomplishments of the First Year of Operation Lady Justice
Executive Order 13898 sets forth the range of tasks to be completed over the two-year life of the Task Force, which includes a report at the end of the first year which details:
- the activities and accomplishments of the Task Force;
- the status of projects the Task Force has not yet completed; and
- specific recommendations for future action of the Task Force.
The Report was released on December 10, 2020, and is available here.
The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, also known as Operation Lady Justice, announces the upcoming series of Tribal consultations under Executive Order 13898. The Executive Order requires the Task Force to “conduct appropriate consultations with Tribal governments on the scope and nature of the issues regarding missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.” While the Task Force had plans in place for a robust schedule of consultations and listening sessions in various locations in Indian country and elsewhere beginning in March 2020, postponement of those sessions was required by the current public health crisis. Therefore, the Task Force has established a series of Tribal consultations to be held virtually. The sessions are regional, based on Bureau of Indian Affairs regions.
National Indian Country Training Initiative Announcement for Online Training via Webex
Title: MMIP: Necessity of the Medical Forensic Examination for Survivors
Training Date: March 1, 2021
- EST: 3-4:30 p.m.
- CST: 2-3:30 p.m.
- MST: 1-2:30 p.m.
- PST: 12-1:30 p.m
Registration deadline: Monday, February 22, 2021
Deadline for OLE notification email: Thursday, February 25, 2021
This presentation will illustrate the details of the medical forensic examination and the importance the exam offers for those survivors that have experience commercial sexual exploitation and/or are 'found' after being “missing.” The goal of the presentation is to assist the clinical and non-clinical community responders who interact with trafficking survivors, to understand the urgency of funneling these survivors to specialized care. This presentation will illustrate trauma informed components of the medical forensic exam that will help the non-clinical community partner to understand the value of the comprehensive medical forensic examination, regardless if the exam will yield physical or biological evidence.
Learning Objective 1: Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the need for medical forensic evaluation of survivors who return after being missing
Learning Objective 2: Participants will facilitate acquiring medical forensic evaluation of survivors by properly training medical providers
Learning Objective 3: Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the coordinated community response needed to address the health, safety, and criminal justice needs of the survivor who has experienced sexual exploitation or are returned after being “missing.”
Register at the Link Below:
- Click the “Register” button.
- Fill out the registration survey.
- Click the “Submit” button.
There are resources available to help address the issues surrounding the missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives in the US.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and NamUs have posters and information on currently missing American Indian and Alaska Native Children.