Chino Y Chicano

Ep 52 Washington State’s Alert System for Missing Indigenous Women

April 21, 2022 Enrique Cerna-Matt Chan
Chino Y Chicano
Ep 52 Washington State’s Alert System for Missing Indigenous Women
Show Notes

On March 31st, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into a law a bill that created the first in the nation statewide alert system for missing Indigenous people. State representative Debra Lekanoff sponsored the bill.  Lekanoff is a Democrat, who represents the 40th legislative district. She joins the Chino Y Chicano for a powerful conversation about the importance of the legislation for native women. The alert system will be similar to the state’s “silver alert” for missing vulnerable adults. It will help identify and locate missing Indigenous people, especially women, that go missing at disproportionately high rates and face higher rates of violence and murder compared to other ethnic groups in the U.S.