Native Women to Participate on Panel to Discuss Violence Against Women Act in DC

Native women at VAWA signing in Washington  on March 7, 2014.

Native women at VAWA signing in Washington on March 7, 2014.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Published October 6, 2015

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart F. Delery will deliver remarks in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Tuesday, Octobe 6, 2015.

After the remarks, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, moderated by Former Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli, on the Implementation of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) into law.  VAWA 2013 included a historic provision recognizing tribes’ inherent power to exercise “special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction” (SDVCJ) over certain defendants, regardless of their Indian or non-Indian status, who commit acts of domestic violence or dating violence or violate certain protection orders in Indian country.  The Department of Justice was instrumental in securing passage of this provision, which has fundamentally changed the landscape of tribal jurisdiction and promises to expand safety for victims.  The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington were two of the first three tribes to implement the SDVCJ.

WHO:   

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart F. Delery

Former Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli

Attorney Sharon Jones Hayden of the Tulalip Tribes

Attorney Michelle Demmert of the Tulalip Tribes

Former Board Member Deborah Parker of the Tulalip Tribes

Attorney General Alfred Urbina of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Chief Prosecutor Oscar “OJ” Flores of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe

WHAT:

Remarks by Attorney General Lynch and Acting Associate Attorney General Delery and a panel discussion with representatives from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington on the implementation of VAWA 2013, moderated by Former Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli.

WHEN:  

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015, 1:30 p.m. – EDT

WHERE:   

Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530

Watch LIVESTREAM HERE at 1:30 p.m. – EDT, Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

 

 

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