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Wife of Sen. McCain on witness list for hearing on trafficking in Indian Country





The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is bringing in a high-profile witness as it looks into trafficking of Native Americans.

Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), is among the witnesses at the committee's hearing on Wednesday. She serves as co-chair of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council and she's been lobbying Congress on behalf of trafficking victims.

Another advocate on the witness list is Nicole Matthews, a citizen of the White Earth Nation. She serves as executive director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, which helped produce a landmark report into trafficking of Native victims in international ports.

McCain and Matthews will be testifying alongside representatives of federal agencies that are responsible for investigating and prosecuting trafficking of Native Americans. But with the exception of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, none of the agencies regularly collect information that would help determine the extent of the problem, according to the Government Accountability Office.

The hearing takes place on Wednesday at 2:30pm Eastern in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. The witness list follows:
MS. GRETTA L. GOODWIN, PH.D.,
Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC

MR. TRACY TOULOU
Director, Office of Tribal Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC

MR. JASON THOMPSON
Acting Deputy Director – Justice Services
Bureau of Indian Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior
Washington, DC

MS. NICOLE MATTHEWS
Executive Director
Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition
St. Paul, MN

MRS. CINDY MCCAIN
Co-Chair AZ Governor’s Human Trafficking Council
Phoenix, AZ

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice:
Oversight Hearing on "The GAO Reports on Human Trafficking of Native Americans in the United States" (September 27, 2017)

Government Accountability Office Reports:
Action Needed to Identify the Number of Native American Victims Receiving Federally-funded Services (April 6, 2017)
Information on Cases in Indian Country or that Involved Native Americans (July 24, 2017)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Report:
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Homicides of Adult Women and the Role of Intimate Partner Violence — United States, 2003–2014 (July 21, 2017)

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