Summary: S.227 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate (01/15/2020)

Savanna's Act

This bill directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols to address missing and murdered Native Americans.

The bill requires DOJ to take the following actions:

  • provide training to law enforcement agencies on how to record tribal enrollment for victims in federal databases,
  • develop and implement a strategy to educate the public on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System,
  • conduct specific outreach to tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Native American organizations regarding the ability to publicly enter information through the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System or other non-law enforcement sensitive portal,
  • develop guidelines for response to cases of missing and murdered Native Americans,
  • provide training and technical assistance to tribes and law enforcement agencies for implementation of the developed guidelines, and
  • report statistics on missing and murdered Native Americans.

Tribes may submit their own guidelines to respond to cases of missing or murdered Native Americans to DOJ.

The bill authorizes DOJ to provide grants for the purposes of (1) developing and implementing policies and protocols for law enforcement regarding cases of missing and murdered Native Americans, and (2) compiling and reporting data relating to missing and murdered Native Americans.

Federal law enforcement agencies must modify their guidelines to incorporate the guidelines developed by DOJ.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation shall include gender in its annual statistics on missing and unidentified persons published on its website.