Governor Assembles Native Deaths Task Force

A TASK FORCE HAS BEEN ASSEMBLED BY GOVERNOR LUJAN GRISHAM TO LOOK INTO THE ISSUE OF MISSING AND MURDERED NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS GOVERNOR APPOINTED EIGHT MEMBERS TO THE TASK FORCE THAT INCLUDE JICARILLA APACHE, PUEBLO, NAVAJO AND MESCALERO APACHE REPRESENTATIVES AS WELL AS LEADERS OF NON-PROFITS AND A NATIVE AMERICAN SURVIVOR OF VIOLENCE.

POLICY MAKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN STIFLED IN THEIR EFFORT TO RESPOND TO CONCERNS CONNECTED WITH THE CRISIS DUE TO A LACK OF CONSTITENT DATA. THE GROUP ASSEMBLED BY THE GOVERNOR WILL DETERMINE THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF THE ISSUE IN NEW MEXICO AND IDENTIFY THE BARRIERS RELATED TO INVESTIGATIONS. A GROWING NUMBER OF STATES HAS SIMILAR COMMITTEES.

THE TASK FORCE HAS UNTIL NOVEMBER OF NEXT YEAR TO REPORT ITS FINDINGS.

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