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

Learn More About The Task Force Mission
"Lady Justice" used with permission from DG Smalling, Choctaw Nation (see reuse policy).
Description

On November 26, 2019, President Trump signed Executive Order 13898, forming the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Task Force aims to enhance the operation of the criminal justice system and address the legitimate concerns of American Indian and Alaska Native communities regarding missing and murdered people – particularly missing and murdered women and girls.

The Task Force will be hosting virtual Tribal Consultations with Tribal Leaders beginning the week of August 10, 2020 and continuing into September.  The Consultations will be organized by BIA Region, with several smaller Regions combined.  A Dear Tribal Leader Letter, a framing paper, and the dates/times of each session will be sent via email to Tribal Leaders shortly, with details also posted here.


TASK FORCE HOLDS VIRTUAL LISTENING SESSION WITH NATIVE YOUTH

Center for Native American Youth
photo credit:  Center for Native American Youth "Photo taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic"

On June 24th, Operation Lady Justice Task Force members held a listening session with Native youth from across the continental United States, Alaska, and the Pacific basin to hear about the impact of missing and murdered Native Americans and human trafficking from a youth perspective.  Many of the attendees were from the Administration for Native Americans - Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) grant projects.  Cultural Preservation Ambassadors from the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) also attended and presented on projects they developed to address human trafficking and Missing and Murdered Native Americans in their communities.  The youth emphasized how they can take an active role in raising awareness and in prevention through closer connection to culture and traditions.

Human Trafficking in Native Communities

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.  Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States.

Native Communities Awareness Poster Series

 These posters were created to raise awareness of human trafficking among Native communities.  Informed by Native survivors of human trafficking, the series uses culturally-relevant images and messages.  Organizations working to reach Native communities with information about human trafficking can display these posters in locations like schools, community centers, and offices.

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.

Listening Sessions / Consultations

The Task Force has set forth a schedule of listening sessions and consultations nationwide beginning in February through July 2020.  For the session closest to you, please click the link below. 

 

 

Readouts / Media

Since Executive Order 13898 was signed on November 26, 2019, the Task Force has met with Tribal stakeholders.  Please click on the link below to see some of the events.

 

 

 

Missing Children’s Day, May 2020

Missing Children’s Day serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this cause.

For information on Missing Children’s Day, and on specific missing American Indian and Alaska Native Children, please click the link below.

Proclamation

By Presidential Proclamation, May 5, 2020 has been designated as Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day.  Please click the link for further information on the Proclamation.