The Office for Victims of Crime established and chartered the National Coordination Committee in 2011 with support from U.S. Attorney General Holder. The Committee is chaired by Sarah Deer, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and comprised of representatives from six national tribal organizations and five federal agencies, and experts in Alaska Native issues and medical forensic exams. The Committee was tasked with developing recommendations for Attorney General Holder on improving the federal government’s response to adult and child victims of sexual violence in tribal nations.
The first Committee meeting was held on December 4-5, 2012, in conjunction with the 13th National Indian Nations Conference on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. To ensure that voices from the field informed the Committee’s work, presentations about the challenges of coordinating victim-centered, culturally relevant responses to Native adult and child victims of sexual violence were provided by the AI/AN SANE-SART Initiative’s three federal working groups and three tribal demonstration sites.
Five additional full-Committee meetings were held throughout 2013 and 2014, as well as three subcommittee meetings in Spring 2013, and a 2-day report-writing meeting in February 2014. These meetings culminated in the development of the Committee’s Report to the U.S. Attorney General on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Tribal Nations: Issues and Recommendations. On December 9, in conjunction with the 14th National Indian Nations Conference, the Committee will hold its seventh meeting.
Committee member biographies, the Committee’s Report to the U.S. Attorney General, and meeting summaries can be viewed and downloaded below.
National Coordination Committee on the AI/AN SANE-SART Initiative Report to the U.S. Attorney General on Improving Federal Agency Response to Sexual Violence in Tribal Nations: Issues and Recommendations
Meeting Summaries and Resources
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