The Forgotten: Missing BIPOC Women and Girls


Marion R. Jhonson (Editor)

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC027000; SOC028000; SOC051000

In 2020, 100,000 of the quarter million women and girls who went missing in the U.S. were black, brown, or indigenous. Black women and girls make up just 13 percent of the female population in the country but accounted for fully 35 percent of all missing women in 2020. This crisis is dire in indigenous communities. According to researchers, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women in the U.S. experience higher rates of violence than most other women, and tribal and federal officials have stated that this incidence of violence constitutes a crisis. The neglect shown by the media toward cases involving missing and murdered women of color is a primary reason that this epidemic remains obscure to the public.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Neglected Epidemic of Missing BIPOC Women and Girls
Committee on Oversight and Reform

Chapter 2. Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women: New Efforts Are Underway but Opportunities Exist to Improve the Federal Response
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 3. Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP): Overview of Recent Research, Legislation, and Selected Issues for Congress
Emily J. Hanson

Chapter 4. Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP)
Office of Victims of Crime

Chapter 5. A Descriptive Analysis of Missing and Murdered Native Women and Children in Nebraska, Barriers to Reporting and Investigation, and Recommendations for Improving Access to Justice
Tara N. Richards, PhD, Emily Wright, PhD, Alyssa Nystrom, Sheena L. Gilbert and Caralin Branscum


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