Summer 2010 Newsletter - Page 4

Tribal Law and Order Act works to improve safety, accountability and justice for Native American survivors

Native American women are victims of violent crime, including sexual and domestic violence, at a rate three and a half times greater than the national average. In July, President Obama signed the Tribal Law and Order Act, which will work to help the Federal Government address the unique public health and safety challenges that confront tribal communities.

The Tribal Law and Order Act will work to strengthen tribal law enforcement and the ability to prosecute and fight crime. Because one in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act will require health care facilities to implement standardized practices to improve services provided to victims of sexual assault. As a result, more women will be able to get the care they need for healing, and consistent standards will aid in the prosecution of perpetrators of violent crimes against women.

The Act focuses not only on prosecution, but also on crime prevention. It reauthorizes and improves programs to prevent and treat alcohol and substance abuse. Because men and boys play a critical role in global efforts to end violence against women and girls, the Act also reauthorizes programs that improve opportunities for at-risk Indian youth.

Watch the video of the signing, below, which includes a moving introduction from Lisa Marie Iyotte, survivor.

You can read more about the Tribal Law and Order Act from Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, and a transcript of President Obama's remarks at whitehouse.gov

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