☷U S Attorney s Office Joins in Recognizing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day May 5 2022
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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U . S . Attorney ' s Office Joins in Recognizing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day , May 5 , 2022 PORTLAND , Ore . —On May 4 , 2022 , President Joseph R . Biden Jr . proclaimed today , May 5 , 2022 , as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day . The proclamation reaffirmed the nation’s commitment to solving all missing and murdered Indigenous persons cases and addressing the underlying causes of these crimes , including sexual violence , human trafficking , domestic violence , other violent crime , systemic racism , economic disparities , and substance use and addition . The U . S . Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon joins its Tribal , federal , state , and local law enforcement partners in taking this opportunity to highlight the importance of supporting Tribal crime victims and synthesizing investigative leads and information across government and law enforcement agencies . “Supporting and enhancing public safety in Tribal communities is a top priority for the U . S . Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department . As such , we are fully committed to implementing Savanna’s Act and bolstering the collection and reporting of data on missing or murdered Native people . Despite great progress we have made with our Indian Country partners , we know there is much more the Justice Department and federal government can do to support these communities . We will continue to work diligently toward safety , justice , and healing for all , ” said Scott Erik Asphaug , U . S . Attorney for the District of Oregon . In June 2020 , the U . S . Attorney’s Office announced the hiring of its first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons ( MMIP ) program coordinator . In February 2021 , the office released its first annual MMIP program report , summarizing what is known about missing and murdered Indigenous people in Oregon and outlining the office’s plans and goals . The U . S . Attorney’s Office is expected to release its second annual report this summer . If you or someone you know have information about missing or murdered Indigenous people in Oregon , please contact the FBI Portland Field Office by calling ( 503 ) 224 - 4181 or by visiting tips . fbi . gov . If you have questions about the U . S . Attorney’s Office MMIP program , please contact MMIP program coordinator Cedar Wilkie Gillette by emailing Cedar . Wilkie . Gillette@usdoj . gov or by calling ( 503 ) 727 - 1000 .
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