U.S. Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence Meets
Members of the U.S. Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence will be on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014. It will be the second of four scheduled hearings, the first hearing was in Bismarck, ND in December. The next two will be in Fort Lauderdale and Anchorage.
KJZZ in the Phoenix area has a short radio article here: http://kjzz.org/content/18896/violence-indian-country-hearing-come-valley or you can find further information on the U.S. Department of Justice’s website http://www.justice.gov/defendingchildhood/aian.html
From the DOJ’s website:
A 2009 DOJ study showed that more than 60 percent of the children surveyed were exposed to violence within the past year either directly or indirectly. Children’s exposure to violence, whether as victims or witnesses, is often associated with long-term physical, psychological, and emotional harm. Children exposed to violence are also at a higher risk of engaging in criminal behavior later in life and becoming part of a cycle of violence.
More information on their webpage “Facts about Children and Violence” http://www.justice.gov/defendingchildhood/facts.html