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January 25, 2011

NNEDV applauded Attorney General Eric Holder for creating the Violence Against Women Federal and Tribal Prosecution Task Force. The group will create a guide for the federal prosecution of violence against women in Indian Country and recommend specific strategies for prosecuting domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. 

“We welcome the creation of this task force and commend Attorney General Holder for his leadership,” said Sue Else, president of NNEDV. “In working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, tribal communities face unique challenges.  This new task force will increase accountability for perpetrators and strengthen public safety.” 

In 2005, Congress found that one in three American Indian women are raped during their lifetimes and are nearly three times more likely to be physically abused than Caucasian women.  Another study found that American Indian women are stalked at least twice as much as any other population.  

For more information on the Violence Against Women Federal and Tribal Prosecution Task Force, visit http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/January/11-ag-086.html.