A Discussion on Violence against Indigenous Women in the USA

Thursday April 24th, 2014

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Amnesty International, 5 Penn Plaza, 16th Floor

(Reception 6:30pm-7:00pm)

Sexual violence against Indigenous women in the USA is widespread. According to US government statistics, Native American and Alaska Native women are more than 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other women in the USA. Join us for a discussion on violence against Indigenous Women in the USA, the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act, and the new provisions the 2013 VAWA. Are these new laws helping to protect Indigenous Women?

Speakers:

Jenni Monet is a journalist and documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Currently she is a producer at Al Jazeera America. Since 2006, she's been chronicling the contemporary lives and issues of indigenous peoples worldwide, including among America’s Indian nations. Her work has been recognized, most recently by the Association for Women in Communications in 2012, the Library of Congress in 2011 and by the American Indian Film Institute in 2008. With a media career spanning 15 years, Jenni's stories have been featured on CNN, CBS News, PBS, NPR and PRI.

Rachel Ward is Managing Director, US Program with Amnesty International USA. Rachel was co-authored Amnesty International 2007 report “Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA”.

*Due to building security anyone wishing to attend MUST RSVP (first and last name) at [masked] by 4/23 at 5 pm.

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