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Wis. Attorney General announces launch of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force

Wis. Attorney General announces launch of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force

Updated: July 02, 2020 03:23 PM

Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the launch of a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force Thursday to help fight the abduction, homicide, violence and trafficking of Indigenous women in Wisconsin.

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“Effectively addressing the problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Wisconsin will require law enforcement, tribal leaders, victim advocates, and others to work collaboratively to collect data and identify solutions,” said Attorney General Kaul. “The creation of this task force is an important step in the effort to combat this complex and serious problem.”

In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Indigenous communities, the task force will examine the factors that contribute to missing and murdered Indigenous women, focusing on understanding the roles federal, state and tribal jurisdictions play, and how to improve and implement robust data collection and reporting methods.

“While there is so much that needs to be done to stop the violence perpetrated on Native women and girls, I applaud the Wisconsin Department of Justice for taking an important first step in establishing this task force,” notes Shannon Holsey, president of both the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council.

Violence against Native women and girls is an under-reported problem throughout the U.S., and cases are often misclassified or there is confusion about jurisdiction. Accurate data protocols are needed to improve data collection and tracking information.

“The problem of violence against women and children and the disproportionate impact on Native women and communities is the responsibility of all of society to address. For meaningful long-term reform, we must look to solutions that are Indigenous-led while addressing both historical acts of violence against Indigenous women as well as those that still exist today within modern institutions," said Kristin Welch, Menikanaehkem Women’s Leadership Cohort-MMIW Coordinator.

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