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Washington state MMIW alert system signed into law

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Thursday (March 31, 2022) an alert system for missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The alert system will be similar to Amber or silver alerts -- where information about missing persons is shown on highway signs and distributed via text message.

Democratic Washington Representative Debra Lekanoff introduced House Bill 1725 during the legislative session. She is Tlingit and Aleut and part of a workgroup created by the state Attorney General's Office -- the Missing, Murdered and Indigenous Women and People task force.

The bill passed both legislative chambers unanimously.