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Violence Against Women Act Two-Day Event

By Rachel Hood, Conference Director

A two-day session to discuss the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) will be held on June 26th and 27th at the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in Camp Verde, Arizona.  The all-day agenda sessions will include guest speakers with a wide-range of expertise in criminal law and cases involving domestic violence against women.

Congress passed the VAWA in 1994.  It has since been reauthorized, modified, and expanded.  American Indians were fully included in the reauthorization of the VAWA in 2013.  VAWA was the first comprehensive U.S. congressional act that was designed to end violence against women.  The most recent tribe to earn clearance to regain domestic violence jurisdiction was the Chehalis Tribe, which is just the 24th tribe to accomplish this of the nearly 600 federally recognized American Indian Tribes.

The panels will discuss topics such as domestic violence offenders who are non-tribal citizens and have committed a specific crime on tribal land.  The goal of the two-day event is to inform the Yavapai-Apache Nation community as well as bring awareness of services, grants, and assistance available under VAWA.  The sessions will allow tribal members and participants the opportunity to ask questions.  For additional information contact event coordinator Rachel Hood at racheljanethood@gmail.com or via phone (928) 451-6547.

 

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