Minnesota Launches MMIW Task Force

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Advocates and public health researchers say a lack of data as well as shortfalls in law enforcement’s handling and prosecution of such cases have hindered efforts to address the issue. The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force is meant to help fill those gaps.

Members of the panel will spend the next 15 months examining the causes behind the violence and then make recommendations to help victims and their families heal. The commission’s mandate includes a review of data collection and the current policies at institutions ranging from child welfare services to coroners’ offices.