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Urge Congress to Protect Native Women from Violence

Violence against Native women in the United States is a human rights crisis: 56.1% of all American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced sexual violence during their lifetime — they are more than 2.2 times more likely to be raped than non-Hispanic white women — and it is estimated that on some reservations the rate of murder of Native women is more than 10 times the national average.

In addition to the steady erosion of tribal authority by the US government, there are multiple factors that contribute to this crisis of violence, including:

  • A lack of interagency cooperation between federal, state, a tribal authorities when responding to and investigating cases of violence against Native women
  • A lack of availability of rape kits (evidence collection) for survivors, which often means perpetrators are never tried
  • A lack of adequate funding for tribes to address violence against Native women

Congress now has a chance to help address this crisis by passing the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act. This act would:

  • Improve interagency coordination to address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and sexual violence crisis
  • Increase transparency on the barriers that prevent evidence collection
  • Help tribes and state and federal authorities better coordinate to prevent and respond to MMIWG and sexual violence cases

Tell Congress to pass the BADGES for Native Communities Act so the US government can be held accountable, and tribes can get the resources they need to protect Native women. We need your voice with us!

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