“We in the Department of Justice understand and know that for the families and friends of the missing or murdered, life is divided into two halves - before and after the disappearance or murder of your loved one. My colleagues at the Department of Justice and I look forward to working with you to address the high number of missing or murdered Indigenous people. We thank you for the important work that you do in your communities and for your attendance at this symposium. Working together we can find answers and lasting solutions to the public safety challenges faced by tribal communities.”
On Sept. 16, 2021, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco spoke at the virtual Symposium on Missing or Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. She delivered her address on the final day of a three-day symposium for 1,000 registered attendees that included tribal leaders, law enforcement and victim specialists, and leaders in health and social services. Training topics included: current data on missing or murdered indigenous persons; developing tribal community response plans for missing person cases; victim and family services; youth vulnerabilities; state-based resources; and victim centered sex trafficking investigations. The Symposium was a joint effort of the Department’s National Indian Country Training Initiative, Operation Lady Justice, the United States Marshals Service, the COPs office and the FBI. This collaborative event highlights the Department’s commitment to working with federally recognized Indian tribes to find solutions to the problem of violent crime in tribal communities.