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Friday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
2019 Reauthorization of VAWA: What’s At Stake for Native American and Alaska Native

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According to the National Institute of Justice, 8 in 10 Native American/Alaska Native women will be raped, stalked, or abused in their lifetime, and 97 percent of those crimes are perpetrated by someone who is non-Native. Native women are murdered at a rate that is 10 times higher than the national average. Due to a complex web of federal laws and statutes, tribes have been prohibited from prosecuting non-Native perpetrators who commit these crimes on tribal land. A 2019 VAWA reauthorization bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives builds on previous efforts to address this unacceptable justice gap. The VAWA reauthorization has important provisions that stand to help more women living on reservations and other Native communities and to further empower tribes to address violence against Native women. Come hear from experts about what’s stake for Native communities in this important legislation and why it should matter to all of us.


Kirsten Matoy Carlson

Associate Professor, Wayne State University
Professor Kirsten Matoy Carlson is a leading authority on federal Indian law and legislation. Her research focuses on legal advocacy and law reform, with particular attention on the various strategies used by Indian nations and indigenous groups to reform federal law and policy effectively... Read More →

Jocelyn Fabry

Judge, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Chief Judge Jocelyn Fabry has been the chief judge of the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court since 2010. In this capacity, she is responsible for the administration of justice along with the overall organization and administration of the court and all of its programs. Chief Judge... Read More →
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Rebecca Henry

Deputy Chief Counsel, ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
Rebecca Henry is the deputy chief counsel of the Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence at the American Bar Association. Since joining the ABA, Rebecca has been actively involved in efforts to strengthen legal supports for survivors of gender-based violence, including the development... Read More →

Nikole Nelson

Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Nikole Nelson is the executive director of Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), Alaska's only LSC-funded program and the only statewide provider of free civil legal assistance to low-income Alaskans. Nikole oversees ALSC's 11 offices and a staff

Friday November 8, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
LaSalle B 5th Floor