MMIWG2 is the continuum of violence related to sexual assault, sex-trafficking, domestic violence, stalking, and dating violence.                             

What to do when someone goes Missing.

  • Contact your local police department and file a missing persons report.
  • Alert your Tribal Council, they can help engage state and national resources.
  • Connect with community advocates.
  • Create flyers and social media posts. Make sure to coordinate with law enforcement for accurate information.  You also do not want to jeopardize an investigation, so make sure announcements are timely and accurate.
  • The family needs ongoing support, comfort, mental health support, and communication from law enforcement.
  • Connect with non-native resources.  San Diego, Riverside, & San Bernardino Counties all have Human Trafficking Taskforce.

How can you help?

Resources

NamUS: The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System

NamUs is a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases across the United States. Learn more here https://www.namus.gov

Sovereign Bodies Institute

Sovereign Bodies Institute house the MMIWG2 Database which logs cases of missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, and two spirit people, from 1900 to the present. Learn more here https://www.sovereign-bodies.org/mmiw-database

 

Statistics

American Indian and Alaska Natives experience higher rates of domestic violence and sexual assaults than any other population of women in the United States.

Findings for the VAWA for Indian Women Title is that during the period of 1979-1992, homicide was the 3rd leading cause of death of American Indian females aged 15-34, and 75% were killed by family members or acquaintances.

U.S. DOJ found that in some tribal communities, American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average.

American Indian women experience sexual assault accompanied by other forms of violence. Example, when aggressors physically hit them during the assault, over 90% of female Native American victims responded affirmatively as compared to 74% of the general population.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-IW-AX-0111, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.