July 22, 2021
Press Contact: Tamra Truett Jerue Tel. (907) 328‑9399
H.R. 1652 (S. 611) VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (VOCA Fix Act) heads to the President.
On Tuesday, in a rare bi-partisan support of 100–0, the Senate approved S. 611 the “VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crimes Fund Act of 2021.” Since the original act’s inception in 1984, Tribes were left out of direct access to these funds. Beginning in 2018, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes were included on a yearly basis to access these funds. With the passage of…
For Immediate Release
April 22, 2021
Contact: Candy Keown, Communications Coordinator
Thank you to Senators Casey (D‑PA) and Murkowski (R‑AK) for introducing S. 1275: the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act, on April 21, 2021. Through this act, which is referred to as reauthorization of FVPSA, survivors of domestic violence receive services such as emergency shelter, crisis counseling, safety planning, assistance recovering from financial abuse and addressing housing insecurity. These services are vitally needed for the safety of all Alaska families, in particular for our Native and rural Alaska communities. The reauthorization of FVPSA strengthens the capacity of Indian Tribes to exercise their sovereign authority to…
August 5, 2020
Debra O’Gara, AKNWRC Senior Policy Specialist
Covid Precautions Make the Long Standing Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Worse
Not one more missing, murdered Indigenous woman has been ringing throughout the country for many years. The voices of the mother, daughters, aunties and families left behind have finally been heard. Last week the Anchorage Daily News, NBC and several other mainstream media brought national attention to the violence faced by Native American and Alaska Native families.
“The crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women has been escalating for over 200 years. The current COVID situation…