Why the United States Must Act Immediately to Stop the Violence

For over two decades, tribal advocates for Native women and tribal leaders have repeatedly raised that Congress must act to save the lives of Native women and stop the violence. Violence happens across all populations, but violence against American Indian women is different and the reasons why are not surprising. From the beginnings of the…

Reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention Service Act Tribal Support for FVPSA is Needed Now

FVPSA supports more than 200 tribal programs based on an annual set-aside for Indian tribes. These funds are used to support emergency shelter, crisis hotlines, counseling services, victim assistance initiatives, and other supportive services. With funding under FVPSA, many tribal programs have developed lifesaving services for victims of domestic violence. Without FVPSA funds these services…

Looking Back: American Indian Tribes and VAWA, 1994—2013

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which Senators Biden and Hatch originally sponsored, was enacted in 1994 as a result of national grassroots organizing by battered women and advocates. This also included Indian women who organized to engage state and federal systems to hold governments accountable to address the nationwide statistics, crisis, and seriousness of…

Join the Movement to Reauthorize VAWA Your Action Is Needed! Support H.R. 6545!

Congress failed to reauthorize VAWA before the September 30, 2018, deadline by not taking action on H.R. 6545, a bill introduced by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee to reauthorize VAWA. Instead, Congress voted to pass a continuing resolution. Many interpreted this as a ploy to allow Congress to avoid taking meaningful action until after the midterm…

A Tribal Perspective on VAWA 2018, Sitting Second Chair: An Opening Conversation on the Department of Justice’s Tribal SAUSA Program

By Caroline LaPorte, Senior Native Affairs Advisor, NIWRC Each VAWA reauthorization creates the opportunity to further strengthen the tribal justice response to violence against Native women. In this context, it also challenges the movement to determine the priorities in our strategic reform efforts. This article analyzes the Tribal SAUSA program, an important program with significant…

Update: House Passes FVPSA Reauthorization Act 2018, H.R. 6014

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center celebrates the passage of H.R. 6014 to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). NIWRC urges the Senate to act with a sense of urgency and swiftly pass its companion, S. 2784. FVPSA is the only dedicated federal funding source for domestic violence shelters and services. “In…

Sex Trafficking: VAWA 2013—2018

Over the last decade, the efforts of tribal advocates and coalitions has resulted in the increased awareness of the long history of trafficking and current impact these crimes have on Native women and tribal communities. The Minnesota Indians Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, and other advocacy organization work daily to increase…