Missing and murdered Indigenous women and relatives represent the continuum of violence related to sexual assault, sex-trafficking, domestic violence, stalking, and dating violence. Take action to recover missing and murdered women by engaging in our resources and wearing red.
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 you can help
- Spread awareness by wearing red on May 5th: National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives.
- Informing and maintaining information regarding missing and murdered indigenous women to your Tribal Representatives and communities.
- Stand up for all native women and girls by spreading awareness on social media.
- Take advantage of our resources provided below
The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (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. Watch the video introduction from Lucas Zarwell, Director, Office of Investigative and Forensic Services, NIJ to learn more" -NamUs
the sovereign bodies institute
"The MMIWG2 Database logs cases of missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, and two spirit people, from 1900 to the present. The Database works to maintain a comprehensive resource to support community members, advocates, activists, and researchers in their work towards justice for our stolen sisters. The Database originally included cases from the US and Canada, but starting in 2019, we have expanded its reach to include all Indigenous women, girls, and two spirit people" -Sovereign Bodies Institute MMIWG2 Database