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US Department of Justice notes efforts, partnerships addressing MMIP crisis

MINNEAPOLIS - In conjunction with National Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day on May 5, the U.S. Department of Justice recently highlighted ongoing efforts to tackle the MMIP and human trafficking crises in Indigenous communities.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland described how the department is working to combat human trafficking, the fentanyl crisis and other pressing public safety challenges.

"There is still so much more to do in the face of persistently high levels of violence that tribal communities have endured for generations, and that women and girls, particularly, have endured," he said in the release. "In carrying out our work, we seek to honor those who are still missing, those who were stolen from their communities, and their loved ones who are left with unimaginable pain ... This day challenges all of us at the justice department to double down on our efforts, and to be true partners with tribal communities as we seek to end this crisis."


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