Lynn A. Trujillo, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Indian Affairs, said: “Homicide is the third leading cause of death for American Indian, Alaska Native women aged 15 to 34 years old. .
Albuquerque and Gallup are among the top ten cities in the US for cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
“This crisis has its roots in colonialism and racism, and is perpetuated by indifference and silence,” Trujillo said.
That’s why Bernalillo County and state officials signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday. They also announced a new sub-unit within the DA office, dedicated to addressing hundreds of MMIW cases and raising awareness of violence against Indigenous communities in the process.
“We have appointed an analyst who will look at historical crime data to try and understand historical patterns related to human trafficking and the intersection of these women’s movement out of the land. India and to Bernalillo County and the streets of Albuquerque,” said District Attorney Raúl Torrez.
The DA office said it plans to hire more investigators in the near future to help analyze the data. Officials also plan to create new software to help store information, break it down, and share it with other law enforcement agencies that could help resolve open cases.
“We need to give the same care and resources to the women of India that we give to all the women in this country,” said Torrez. within hours or days of the event because that’s how you rehabilitate these women and that’s how you stop violent crime. “
Officials say the subunit is just a small step, but will pave the way for more resources and strategy. The memorandum of understanding was signed on Thursday, valid through December 2024.
https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/new-unit-will-focus-on-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-women/6335057/?cat=500 The new unit will focus on missing and murdered indigenous women