August 16, 2019 / Modified aug 16, 2019 4:10 p.m.

Arizona committee to begin studying violent crime against Indigenous women and girls

A main goal is to improve data collection on missing and murdered cases involving Indigenous women and girls.

Arizona is taking steps to reduce violence against one of the most vulnerable populations in the country: Indigenous women and girls. According to the federal government, they face high rates of homicide and are more than twice as likely to experience sexual assault than women of any other race.

Arizona 360 traveled to an event at the Capitol Museum in Phoenix where stakeholders came together for a ceremonial signing of a bill that establishes a committee to study the issue and make recommendations about legislation and policies that will address the causes. They’ll also focus on getting law enforcement across the state to closely track cases concerning missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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