The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which expired earlier this year, has been reintroduced in the House with expanded protections for Native women, who face disproportionately high rates of violence.
FCNL advocates have worked hard to secure the inclusion of Savanna’s Act and expanded jurisdiction for tribal law enforcement to investigate non-Indian perpetrators sexual assault, stalking, sex trafficking, and child abuse on Native lands. It also does not protect children who are often victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Tribes need the jurisdictional authority to protect their people from all forms of violence, and adequate resources to effectively respond to missing cases. Urge your Representative to support the tribal provisions in H.R. 1585.
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