WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Steve Daines (R-MT) in introducing a resolution designating May 5th as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The resolution aims to raise awareness, honor Indigenous people who are missing or murdered, and identify solutions to end this violent epidemic.
“Today, on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Person Awareness Day, we mourn the countless Native Hawaiian, American Indian, and Alaska Native victims who have lost their lives or been stolen from their communities,” said Senator Hirono. “We stand in solidarity with their families as we work to shed light on the horrible crimes committed against Indigenous communities across the country. In Hawaii, 64 percent of trafficking survivors and one out of every three reported child sex trafficking victims is Native Hawaiian. This is a crisis, and we must do everything we can to end these horrific acts of violence and protect Indigenous communities.”
The full text of the resolution can be found here.