Acting Director Allison Randall (OVW) Remarks at 17th Annual Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation

2022-10-27T20:38:51+00:00

Anchorage, AK ~ Wednesday, September 21, 2022: "Good morning everyone. Welcome to both our virtual and in-person participants to the 17th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation — our first in-person consultation since 2019. We are profoundly grateful to be here with the largest group of participants in our history of consultation. I would like to thank Elizabeth Sonnyboy for the beautiful traditional prayer and blessing.It is so wonderful to be with those of you who made the journey to join us in Anchorage, the traditional and sacred homeland of the Dena’ina and Dene peoples.  It is crucial that we [...]

Acting Director Allison Randall (OVW) Remarks at 17th Annual Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation2022-10-27T20:38:51+00:00

Justice Department Announces More Than $246 Million in Grants for Tribal Nations

2022-10-27T20:39:48+00:00

September 21, 2022: The Justice Department announced that it will award more than $246 million in grants to American Indian and Alaska Native communities to improve public safety and serve crime victims. The announcement coincides with the 17th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation, Sept. 21st to 23rd in Anchorage, Alaska. “Each year, this event serves as a necessary reminder of the violence perpetrated against women in Tribal communities across the country, as well as an important opportunity to confront this public safety crisis with the urgency it demands,” Read more...

Justice Department Announces More Than $246 Million in Grants for Tribal Nations2022-10-27T20:39:48+00:00

Federal Law Enforcement, Attorneys Directed to Prioritize Violent Crimes Against Indigenous Women

2022-07-22T18:59:50+00:00

On July 14th, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco directed federal attorneys and law enforcement agencies to prioritize violent crimes against women in Indian Country. In a memorandum, Deputy Attorney General Monaco, declared it a priority for the Department of Justice to work alongside tribal nations and federal enforcement agencies, to address the disproportionately high rate of violent crimes committed against indigenous women. Deputy Attorney General Monaco, said in her remarks, the action reaffirms the commitment by the Department of Justice to promote public safety in Indian country, and respecting tribal sovereignty. As tribes know best how to make their communities [...]

Federal Law Enforcement, Attorneys Directed to Prioritize Violent Crimes Against Indigenous Women2022-07-22T18:59:50+00:00

Department of Justice Updates Gender Bias Guidance

2022-06-02T20:15:45+00:00

Last week, the Department of Justice announced updated guidance, “Improving Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence by Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias,” designed to help law enforcement agencies (LEAs) improve their response to sexual assault and domestic violence. The 2015 guidance has been revised to account for the impact of bias based on factors other than gender, incorporate new resources and research, provide improved case examples illustrating a trauma-informed approach to survivors, and emphasize the need to address and prevent police misconduct. Purpose of the Guidance Examine how gender bias can undermine the response of LEAs to sexual [...]

Department of Justice Updates Gender Bias Guidance2022-06-02T20:15:45+00:00

Amnesty International Report on VAIW Launched

2022-05-18T22:18:30+00:00

Today Amnesty International launched their report on Violence Against Native Women: The Never-ending Maze: Continued failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA: https://www.amnestyusa.org/maze/. From the report: "American Indian and Alaska Native women face some of the highest rates of sexual violence in the United States: 56.1 percent of Native women have experienced sexual violence; Native women are 2.2 times more likely to be raped than non-Hispanic white women. High rates of sexual violence have been compounded by the: Federal government’s steady erosion of tribal government authority Complex jurisdictional maze that Native survivors of sexual violence must navigate [...]

Amnesty International Report on VAIW Launched2022-05-18T22:18:30+00:00

VAWA Reauthorization Headed to President’s Desk

2022-03-11T21:29:50+00:00

Indian Country Today: Tribal nations are celebrating the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act. Congress passed the omnibus spending package for the 2022 fiscal year late Thursday, which included major tribal provisions. It passed in the Senate with a 68-31 vote. The bill will now head to the president’s desk to be signed. This means that tribal nations “will continue to increase safety and justice for victims who had previously seen little of either,” said Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians in a statement. Here is a breakdown of the VAWA reauthorization: Reaffirmation of tribes’ jurisdiction to prosecute [...]

VAWA Reauthorization Headed to President’s Desk2022-03-11T21:29:50+00:00

Systems Advocacy: Creating Safe, Respectful & Effective Responses Part 3

2022-02-15T15:11:46+00:00

  “I was so tired I could hardly think. Petrified about going to court.  The prosecutor was an angel. Kind, patient. He actually said he was sorry I got beaten up, I didn’t deserve it – no matter what. Then he said he would do the prosecution without me if I wanted. The cops did a great job investigating, documenting, and the doctor did a detailed report, so it was possible for him to go ahead without me!” “I was a new advocate in a new domestic violence program on a reservation of about 5,500 people. Went to the police station [...]

Systems Advocacy: Creating Safe, Respectful & Effective Responses Part 32022-02-15T15:11:46+00:00

Systems Advocacy: Creating Safe, Respectful & Effective Responses Part 2

2022-02-15T15:10:48+00:00

  “It was about six months after my children and I finally got a house in tribal housing. I was struggling to get to work, take care of the kids and keep the car working. I needed my ex to watch the children a couple days a week so I could work. I trusted him to take good care of them for that amount of time. One day I drove to town, about 18 miles away, to get my paperwork up-dated for food stamps. I handed my papers to the worker. She gave me a mean look, grabbing the papers from [...]

Systems Advocacy: Creating Safe, Respectful & Effective Responses Part 22022-02-15T15:10:48+00:00

Systems Advocacy: Creating Safe, Respectful & Effective Responses

2022-02-15T15:08:19+00:00

  “I spent 4 days in jail for an unpaid traffic ticket. My boyfriend beat me up and I called the cops. He was gone by the time they got to my house. But they ran my name and arrested me…” “It was such a struggle - I needed to get a protection order against my husband. Took time off from work, got a ride from a friend…embarrassing, depressing. I wanted me and my kids to be safe, sleep good at night... I asked the clerk of courts for the protection order form. The clerk looked exasperated, didn’t even say hello. [...]

Systems Advocacy: Creating Safe, Respectful & Effective Responses2022-02-15T15:08:19+00:00

COVID19: Coping with Anxiety

2022-02-15T15:04:34+00:00

  As we continue journeying through the uncharted waters of the coronavirus pandemic, there are likely many “shoulds” and “coulds” that come into our minds in any given moment. All too often, those “shoulds” encourage us to reach outside of ourselves and find solutions to ease the discomfort. Like many things, reaching outside of ourselves is not our natural response, but rather a learned, conditioned response. We have been conditioned to do this. We have been conditioned to believe that if something feels wrong, there is something out there that will fix it. So we reach. We reach for the thing [...]

COVID19: Coping with Anxiety2022-02-15T15:04:34+00:00
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