Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives

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?

Wear red, spread awareness: May 5th is National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Relatives

Informing and maintaining information regarding MMIW to your Tribal Representatives & communities.

Stand for all Native Women and Girls, take pictures, post your actions on social media. Tell the world of these crimes!

MMIWG2 database is officially up and running: email data requests and submissions to:(mmiwdatabase@gmail.com) To learn more see Sovereign Bodies Institute below.

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

 

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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.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Native American women under the age of 35 experience a higher murder risk than many other groups. It is the third or fifth most prevalent cause of death for girls and young adults from age 10 up to age 34.

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

The numbers, such as a total of 5,712 cases of missing and murdered indigenous women, focus primarily on people living off reservations or native land. Nevertheless, it seems shocking to find that only 116 of those cases wherever included in the US Department of Justice's official missing persons' lists.

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.