LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Nevada District today issued a statement on Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons.
May 5, 2021, set by President Joe Biden’s proclamation, “reaffirms our country’s commitment to solving the cases of missing and murdered indigenous people and the underlying causes of these crimes, including sexual violence, violent crimes and economic differences, tackle and substance use and addiction, ”the statement said.
“Indians, especially women and children, suffer from disproportionate rates of violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault,” said incumbent US attorney Christopher Chiou.
“Today we reaffirm our commitment to finding the missing and seeking justice for the murdered. Working with the FBI, community organizations and tribal nations, our district – one of the first in the country to hire a program coordinator on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) – has made progress in addressing the lack of data and coordination, and jurisdictional gaps that resulted in many cases remaining unsolved, ”said Chiou.
“Much remains to be done, but I believe that by working together we can end the MMIP crisis and bring some peace to the families of missing and murdered tribal victims,” he said.
If you or someone you know has information about missing or murdered Indigenous people in Nevada, please contact the FBI Las Vegas office at (702) 385-1281 or at tips.fbi.gov. If you have any questions about the US Attorney’s MMIP program, please contact MMIP Program Coordinator Tom Ross at (775) 784-5438.