U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald Appoints New Missing And Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator
U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the appointment of Christopher Boeckers to serve as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Coordinator for the District of Minnesota. As the MMIP Coordinator Mr. Boeckers’s role will be to support investigations into missing and murdered persons, consult with tribal communities to assist in the creation and implementation of community action plans, coordinate with tribal, local, state, and federal law enforcement in the development of protocols and procedures for responding to and addressing MMIP cases, and promote improvement of data collection and analyses in a multi-jurisdictional district.
“Minnesota was selected to receive one of only 11 MMIP Coordinator positions in the nation,” said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. “This critical resource will enhance collaboration between tribal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in our shared goal of putting an end to this staggering problem. Mr. Boeckers will play an important part in assisting with existing MMIP cases as well as working to prevent future ones.”
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Boeckers served as a Special Agent working Indian Country and violent crime matters with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 20 years.
On November 22, 2019, Attorney General William P. Barr launched a national strategy to address missing and murdered Native Americans. When establishing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Initiative the Department of Justice made an initial investment of $1.5 million to hire 11 MMIP coordinators in 11 states to serve with all U.S. Attorney’s offices in those states, and others who require assistance. In addition to Minnesota, Alaska, Arizona, Montana, Oklahoma, Michigan, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico, and Washington state were selected.
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