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Mullin Applauds Passage of Bills to Address Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

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Washington, September 21, 2020 | comments

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today applauded the passage of two bills he cosponsored to help address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women. S. 227, Savanna's Act, and S. 982, the Not Invisible Act, both passed the House unanimously and now head to President Trump’s desk.

“The silent crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women is wreaking havoc on our families and our communities,” said Mullin. “Our priority must be to protect native women and children and all parties have to work together to end this epidemic of violence. Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act give our law enforcement officers the tools they need to address the crisis and will help prevent our sisters from becoming a statistic. I was proud to cosponsor both of these bills and I look forward to seeing President Trump sign them into law soon.”

S. 227, Savanna’s Act, would require the Department of Justice to make standardized law enforcement and justice protocols that serve as guidelines for law enforcement agencies with regard to missing and murdered Native Americans, develop protocols to investigate those cases, meet certain consultation requirements, and provide Tribes and law enforcement agencies with training and technical assistance to develop and implement the law enforcement and justice protocols.

S. 982, the Not Invisible Act, would establish an advisory committee on violent crime made up of law enforcement, Tribal leaders, federal partners, service providers, and survivors to make recommendations to the Department of Interior and Department of Justice and establish best practices for law enforcement on combatting the epidemic of missing persons, murder, and trafficking of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Additionally, this legislation will ensure that the unique challenges faced by Tribal communities are considered when combatting crime, violence, and human trafficking.
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