President Joe Biden this week signed a bill that would provide funding for organizations working to end sex trafficking of Native Hawaiian Girls.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) successfully pushed for the changes to the act.
“Like other Native communities across the country, Native Hawaiians experience disproportionately high levels of sexual and gender-based violence,” Sen. Hirono said to Maui Now. “Despite this crisis, Native Hawaiian women have long been unjustly excluded from accessing much-needed resources for survivors provided through the Violence Against Women Act.”
According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, a recent report found just 2 percent of the 5700 cases of missing and murdered girls in dozens of cities are logged into the Justice Department database. The report blamed the lack of data for the small amount of attention this issue has received.
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