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Addressing the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Native Women: National Lobby Training

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April 14, 2020

On May 5, the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls, Kerri Colfer, FCNL's Native American Policy Advocate, hosted a virtual lobby training on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The statistics of missing and murdered Indigenous women are staggering - with 84 percent of Native women experiencing violence in their lifetimes and a murder rate 10 times the national average, this epidemic can no longer be ignored. With stay at home orders in place in many states and tribes to stop the spread of COVID-19, rates of violence in Indian Country are likely to skyrocket.

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Kerri Colfer

  • Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program

Kerri manages the Native American Advocacy Program, lobbying on legislation that affects Native communities.

Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.