Legislation To Address Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis Passes House Floor

by Reporter / Mar 12, 2019 / 0 comments

Legislation To Address Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis Passes House Floor

SANTA FE – The House Floor passed a bill Friday sponsored by Representatives Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe), Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), Rep. D. Wonda Johnson (D-Church Rock) and Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque) to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women.

House Bill 278 declares an emergency and creates a task force to outline preventative measures and document these cases.

According to the Urban Indian and Health Institute, New Mexico has the highest number of missing and murdered indigenous women.  This legislation will seek methods for data and information sharing with stakeholders, local law enforcement, and federal agencies to prevent indigenous women from going missing or being murdered.

“For too long, Native and indigenous women have been subjected to violence and murder that far outpaces violence against other minority groups. This legislation shines a light on this emergency and sends a clear message to our Native communities that we are addressing this crisis head-on,” said Rep. D. Wonda Johnson (D-Church Rock).

“New Mexico has the highest rate of missing and murdered indigenous women in the entire country. This is a crisis that directly affects my community and district – which includes four Pueblos – and it is critical that we take action on this issue,” Rep. Andrea Romero said.

House Bill 278 now heads to the Senate for consideration.

 

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