Sign the petition: Demand Congress support indigenous communities by passing the Not Invisible Act.
But while seven states have taken steps to pass legislation to improve reporting mechanisms and data collection, and increase inter-agency collaboration, any such MMIW legislation has not passed on a federal level.
Days before the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls, Reps. Deb Haaland, Pueblo of Laguna (D-NM-1) and Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin (D-KS-3), and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced the Not Invisible Act, multi-pronged legislation that addresses the MMIW crisis.
If passed, the Not Invisible Act would establish an advisory committee comprised of lawmakers, law enforcement, tribal leaders, and survivors to monitor MMIW epidemic and make recommendations to DOJ and DOI. Additionally, the committee would create best practices for law enforcement agencies investigating MMIW cases. This community-based and social service-based approach will hopefully lead to better protections for indigenous community members across the country.
We need our lawmakers to take the MMIW crisis and pass the Not Invisible Act. Sign the petition to demand your lawmakers take action now.
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Across the United States, over 5,700 indigenous women were reported missing in 2016 alone, with only 116 of those cases logged into the Department of Justice’s missing persons database. This statistic is the tip of the iceberg of the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis. I urge you to support your constituents by passing historic legislation, the Not Invisible Act, that addresses the MMIW crisis by creating best practices for law enforcement agencies investigating MMIW cases and establishing an advisory committee.