This report is informed by the relatives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, along with advocates, law enforcement, legislators, organizations and community members. Our goal is to share the words and experiences of families to expose gaps in our justice system and in the resources and services for families, victims and survivors. Our hope is that this report reflects the voices and experiences of our communities and every person who has been impacted or knows someone who has been impacted by this profound crisis in our state.
The MMIWR Task Force would like to recognize everyone who shared their experiences and contributed to this report and for efforts to bring awareness, justice, critical change and real solutions to the state of New Mexico. This report consists of four main sections, as outlined below:
- The first section provides an overview of the MMIWR legislation that serves as the foundation for the work of the task force and the research summarized in this report.
- The second section is an overview of the background and contextual considerations for MMIWR in New Mexico.
- The third section provides a summary of the findings of the research conducted for the state of New Mexico so far. This includes analysis of data provided by jurisdictions and case studies of information provided by families.
- The fourth section is an overview of the core findings from our research, and policy recommendationsgenerated by this research and the wider community. We conclude this fourth section with a discussion ofthe next steps for the MMIWR Task Force and research partners.