Department of Justice Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation

Aug 24, 2022 | Insights

From September 21 to 23, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will hold its 17th Annual Government-­to-­Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation. The Consultation will be held virtually and in person in Anchorage, Alaska.  

The Dear Tribal Leader letter containing the invitation to tribal leaders can be found here. Details about attending the Consultation and how to submit testimony are available here

Section 903 of the 2005 Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act requires DOJ to hold annual consultations with Indian tribes on administering tribal funds and programs to address violence against Native American women. As required under the Act, the purpose of the Consultation is to get recommendations from tribal leaders on:

  • Administering tribal funds and programs
  • Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, homicide, stalking, and sex trafficking
  • Strengthening the federal response to such crimes
  • Improving access to local, regional, state, and federal crime information databases and criminal justice information systems.

The National Congress of American Indians, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, and the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center also plan to hold a tribal caucus the day before the Consultation with DOJ. Registration for the tribal caucus is available here.