New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Announces Appointments to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives Task Force

by Mescalero Apache Tribe | July 26, 2021 1:40 pm

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) on Wednesday announced new members to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives (MMIWR) Task Force, effective immediately.

On May 5, 2021, Governor Lujan Grisham signed Executive Order 2021-013[1], which establishes the next phase of the task force. The task force is comprised of representatives from across Tribal Nations, including state legislators and community partners. The task force will collaborate with tribal governments, tribal law enforcement, and the United States Department of Justice to determine how to address the crisis by creating partnerships and improving processes for reporting and investigating cases while supporting families and communities with resources.

The task force will consist of no more than 40 members, with the IAD Secretary serving as task force chair. The task force will develop a State Response Plan that addresses long-term solutions to MMIWR incidents in the state; this plan will be presented to the appropriate legislative interim committees and the Governor as soon as possible.

“The MMIWR task force is committed to building partnerships and relationships to ensure that the state’s response to this crisis includes diverse voices and experiences.” said Secretary Lynn Trujillo.

The Task Force members include:

Advisory Members include:

The MMIWR Task Force will host their first meeting for anyone interested on Thursday, July 29, 2021, 2:30-5:00pm, via Zoom. Register for the virtual meeting here:–pqzkvGd1kMMQ6M-9LVJFMWKcWMp7y[2].

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  1. Executive Order 2021-013:

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