State leaders, community members call attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day

MADISON, Wis. — State leaders are working together with Indigenous community members to call attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day,

A task force meeting Wednesday started with a song to honor Indigenous women. Last July, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the launching of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force to address and hopefully prevent future cases of abduction, homicide or trafficking.

The group is Indigenous-led. On Wednesday, they held a moment of silence for the lives lost and talked about what needs to be done.

“Today is a day of solidarity,” said Justine Rufus, co-chair of the task force. “It’s about centering the voices of our families. And it’s about recognizing that in order to stop this type of violence in our communities, it’s really going to take all of our efforts.”

For more information on the task force and community resources that are available, visit the Wisconsin Department of Justice website.

There you can also find the 1-800 number for the DOJ’s crime victims resources.