Highlights from the NCAI Violence Against Women Task Force Meeting-February 2019

Highlights of the Feb. 11, 2019, NCAI VAW Task Force Mtg. during NCAI’s Executive Session in Washington, D.C.  Please read February 2019 edition of Restoration Magazine for policy updates and pending legislation discussed with the Task Force.

Task Force Co-Chairs Juana Majel and Michelle Demmert facilitated:

Updates from and discussions with federal officials from


  • Office on Violence Against Women
    • annual VAW government-to-government consultation scheduled for Aug. 21-22, 2019 location TBD
    • circulated an invitation Feb. 8th for nominations for 904 Research Task Force
  • Office for Victims of Crime
    • 196 applications received 2018 for tribal VOCA set aside with 178 applications that made it through to Phase 2
    • Phase 2 will be awarded by April 15, 2019 for 3 -year awards through 2022
    • Introduction of tribal VOCA TA provider to assist with financial management TA
    • 2019 tribal VOCA set aside applications within CTAS deadline March 12, 2019
  • National Institute of Justice
    • Presented on NAMUS for assistance with missing and murdered Indian women and girls (see attachment here). NamUs handout maps out the missing and unidentified persons cases in the system as of January 30, 2019. NIJ will start updating these figures on a quarterly basis. Also attached to the file is a map listing the NamUs Regional Program Specialists and their contact information along with the program’s booklet.


  • Committed to working with tribes to address violence against women and tribal justice issues.

Regional updates on local organizing efforts and development of resources were also provided by tribal coalitions and other key partners in attendance, including:

StrongHearts Native Helpline

Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center

Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women

Uniting Three Fires Against Violence

Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition

Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains

Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition

Native Alliance Against Violence