Specialized Training to Build Tribal Capacity to Protect Native Women and Children

The Center’s Safe Women, Strong Nation project works to educate partners and advocates on opportunities to create systemic change through advocacy in the United Nations. In February, Chris Foley, Center attorney, provided the National Congress of American Indians’ Task Force on Violence Against Native Women with an update on using international mechanisms to press the United States to live up to its international human rights obligations.

“These sorts of trainings are crucial in our efforts to build tribal capacity to respond to violence against women,” said Chris Foley, Center attorney. “They provide us an opportunity to speak directly with Native women and men who are most deeply engaged in this work at the tribal and regional level and help them understand how international advocacy work can be used as one more tool to strengthen their local response.”

Later in March, Foley will be in Seattle, Washington to speak at the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women’s Leadership Institute for Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions. The Leadership Institute will provide the Center with another platform to offer training on how Tribes and Native organizations can use international law and advocacy in their work to restore safety to American Indian and Alaska Native women. 

For more information about the Center's Safe Women Strong Nation project work visit www.indianlaw.org/safewomen.