Rep. Meyers Praises Creation of a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force

Last week, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the launch of a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force to help fight the abduction, homicide, violence and trafficking of Indigenous women in Wisconsin.

This year, a bipartisan bill to create a similar task force was introduced by Rep. Beth Meyers, Sen. Janet Bewley and other colleagues. The legislation failed to pass. Rep. Meyers released the following statement in response to Attorney General Kaul’s announcement:

“I want to thank the incredible advocates, activists and local leaders, especially those from Native communities, who have made their voice heard and put a national spotlight on these tragic stories. It’s so important they have a seat at the table to address this crisis and help Native women and girls throughout Wisconsin. There is so much work to be done, and this task force is a crucial first step.

“Women and girls from tribal lands are dying or missing at a far higher rate than the general population, and as a state and a nation, we are failing them. I’m so thankful to Attorney General Kaul for prioritizing this issue. When families are suffering because they don’t know if their daughter will ever come home again, we can’t wait on the next legislative session to take action.”