Sarah Deer recently started a new job at the University of Kansas, where she is a Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Public Affairs and Administration. She continues to provide keynotes and workshops for a variety of anti-violence organizations and tribal communities. Sarah began her work in the anti-violence movement in 1993, when she started working as a volunteer rape victim advocate in Lawrence, Kansas.
Sarah’s scholarly interests lie at the intersection of Federal Indian law and victim’s rights. She focuses her legal work on addressing gaps in the criminal justice system that marginalize Native women, Two-Spirit Native people and Native children. Working with another NIWRC’s Speaker’s Bureau member, Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee), she co-authored an amicus brief in the Dollar General v. Mississippi Choctaw case.
Sarah’s newest book The Beginning and End of Rape was published in 2015 and has received three book awards. The book is intended to help start conversations about rape at the local tribal level. By combining legal history with contemporary data, The Beginning and End of Rape is intended to help tribal leaders, victim advocates, and college students develop their own plans to end sexual violence in tribal nations.
DOWNLOAD: Sarah Deer’s article SOVEREIGNTY OF THE SOUL: EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION OF RAPE LAW REFORM AND FEDERAL INDIAN LAW, on pages 22-25, in February 2018 issue of Restoration Magazine.