Coping with the disappearance of a loved one or community member is very difficult. The fact that American Indian and Alaska Native women experience higher rates of domestic violence and sexual assault than any other population of women in the United States has broad ramifications. One consequence of this reality is that domestic and sexual violence occurs on a spectrum of abusive behavior and can include abduction and murder. If a woman you know is missing, taking immediate action is very important. The quicker you respond, the faster she may be located and provided the help needed.
The primary goal of the Toolkit is to provide a resource toolkit intended for families, individuals and Tribal communities and governments that experience their tribal relatives either going missing and/or being murdered. UTFAV seeks consultants that have significant experience working in conjunction with tribal, federal and state law enforcement and criminal justice officials, advocates, and others working to enhance the safety of American Indians and Alaska Natives. It is expected that Consultants will be available for in person meetings, in addition to the review and editing of documents created in the development of the MMIP toolkit.
MMIWG: We Demand More calls for government agencies to do better for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. For years, law enforcement and government agencies have caused our community harm in the form of structural and institutional racism, among other things.
A publication by Sovereign Bodies Institute, in partnership with MMIWG2 families, Indigenous survivors of violence, and their allies
The MMIW Toolkit for Understanding and Responding to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women for Families and Communities is designed to assist families, communities and advocacy organizations in understanding and responding to a case of a missing or murdered Native woman. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to developing a community response, these resources provide a starting point and outline important information and resources available. Explore and download the resources below.
NamUs provides technology, forensic services, and investigative support to resolve missing person and unidentified remains cases.