Safe Women, Strong Nations

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Sliver of a Full Moon— A play depicting indigenous women’s rights to be protected from violence and discrimination to be staged for world leaders.

, 09/18/2014 - 12:48pm

U.S. compliance with ICERD reveals more than 20 areas of discriminatory laws, practices, and policies, including violence against women.

, 09/09/2014 - 2:37pm

On August 13 and 15, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will review the United States’ compliance with it’s international human rights obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The review will take place in Geneva, Switzerland as part of the Committee’s 85th Session.

The United States is required to submit regular reports to the Committee regarding its compliance under the ICERD. The United States last report submitted in June 2013 is available here.

In response to the U.S. report, the National Congress of American Indians and the Indian Law Resource Center,with endorsements by the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and Clan Star, Inc., submitted a shadow report to the Committee. A key vehicle for leveraging the UN review process in support of human rights, the shadow report focuses on the United States’ violations of the ICERDC in the context of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women. The report asks the Committee to consider four recommendations the United states can take to comply with the ICERD and ensure justice and safety for American Indian and Alaska Native women.

  1. Reform United States law and policy to remove systemic discriminatory legal barriers that fail to protect Indian and Alaska Native women and children against violence, particularly those laws, such as VAWA 2013 that exclude Alaska Native tribes from protections available to tribes in the Lower 48, and empower Indian and Alaska Native nations and tribes to exercise their inherent sovereign power to exercise full criminal jurisdiction within their lands.
  2. Fully implement existing laws, including VAWA 2013, in order to prevent and combat domestic violence; investigate and prosecute crimes; ensure remedies and appropriate services for all victims; and assist tribal authorities in their efforts to address domestic violence against Native American women.
  3. Provide sufficient and appropriate funding and resources to Indian and Alaska Native nations and justice systems to ensure equal protection and meaningful justice for all American Indian and Alaska Native victims of domestic and sexual violence.
  4. Fully implement the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, including the recommendations of the Indian Law and Order Commission.

The complete shadow report, including the full text of these recommendations, is available on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Following the review, the Committee will report its concluding observations and recommendations on how the United States can better implement the ICERD. The review itself will likely be webcast. Further details on the ICERD and the Committee’s work is available here.

, 08/08/2014 - 11:35am

In March 2014, the Center, along with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and its Task Force on Violence Against Women, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC), and Clan Star, Inc., participated in the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to raise awareness about violence against indigenous women in the United States, with particular attention to Alaska Native women.

, 03/20/2014 - 8:24am

Center releases an assessment on the readiness of Indian nations to exercise enhanced sentencing authority under TLOA and VAWA 2013.

, 12/31/2013 - 5:34pm

A resource documenting the Center’s advocacy within the Inter-American Human Rights System to combat violence against Native women in the United States.

, 11/27/2013 - 12:05pm

October 21, 2013  |  Eight videos aimed at raising awareness of violence against Native women and redefining Native love are set to be released by end of the year.  (MORE)

, 10/21/2013 - 2:29am

Links to the Center’s shadow report and the Human Rights Committee’s Concluding Obserservations.

, 09/30/2013 - 11:51am

September 2013  |  Highlights from the Center’s participation in the  24th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland (MORE)

, 09/11/2013 - 3:49pm

VAWA 2013 recognizes the inherent authority of tribal governments to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ) over certain defendants, regardless of Indian or non-Indian status, who commit acts of domestic violence or dating violence or violate certain protection orders in Indian country. This SDVCJ for tribal governments is not generally available until March 7, 2015.  Tribes can, however, assume accelerated jurisdiction by opting into the VAWA 2013 Pilot Project.  Procedures for the Pilot Project have been proposed by the Department of Justice and recently published in the Federal Register on June 14, 2013.  Comments on the proposed procedures are due September 12, 2013 and can be emailed to

, 07/16/2013 - 1:51pm
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