Safe Women, Strong Nations

U.S. Human Rights Record Under Review

On August 13 and 15, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will review the United States' compliance with it's international human rights obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The review will take place in Geneva, Switzerland as part of the Committee's 85th Session.

UN Commission on the Status of Women

In March 2014, the Center, along with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and its Task Force on Violence Against Women, the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC), and Clan Star, Inc., participated in the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to raise awareness about violence against indigenous women in the United States, with particular attention to Alaska Native women.

Lisa Frank

Speaking to the high percentage of Alaska Native women who are sexually assaulted, Lisa Frank, Gwich’in, has two recommendations: “Keep telling people until someone believes you, and remember it’s not your fault, whatever the situation.”

Protecting Native Women Today and Tomorrow

The Indian Law Resource Center and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center are partnering to raise awareness and help end violence against Native women.  The resources at www.indianlaw.org and www.niwrc.org -- including videos, posters, Facebook banners, FAQs, and a domestic violence toolkit -- were created to support and inform advocates, tribal leaders, lawmakers, and the public in dialogue on this critical issue. 

SURVIVOR STORIES

Pilot Project to Implement VAWA 2013 Launches

VAWA 2013 recognizes the inherent authority of tribal governments to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ) over certain defendants, regardless of Indian or non-Indian status, who commit acts of domestic violence or dating violence or violate certain protection orders in Indian country. This SDVCJ for tribal governments is not generally available until March 7, 2015.  Tribes can, however, assume accelerated jurisdiction by opting into the VAWA 2013 Pilot Project.  Procedures for the Pilot Project have been proposed by the Department of Justice and recently published in the Federal Register on June 14, 2013.  Comments on the proposed procedures are due September 12, 2013 and can be emailed to OTJ@usdoj.gov.

Beating the Odds

Too many of my Native sisters don't expect justice. Instead, they talk with their daughters about how they will "survive" their rape. They've accepted the horrific statistic as a part of life.

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