Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

The Washington State Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People (MMIW/P) Task Force will assess systemic causes behind the high rate of disappearances and murders of indigenous women and people. The team will support the 21-member task force, and produce two reports to the Governor and Legislature in August 2022 and June 2023 to report the task force’s findings. The task force will include tribes and tribal organizations, as well as state and local policy makers.

Twenty-three members have been appointed to the MMIW/P Task Force:

  • Senator Manka Dhingra
  • Senator John Braun
  • Representative Debra Lekanoff
  • Representative Gina Mosbrucker
  • Executive Secretary Athena Sanchey-Yallup, Yakama Nation
  • Councilmember Anna Bean, Puyallup Tribe
  • Councilmember Anita Mitchell, Muckleshoot Tribe
  • Afton Servas, Kalispel Tribe
  • Elected Official, Lummi Nation (to be announced)
  • Abigail Echo-Hawk, Seattle Indian Health Board
  • Maureen Rosette, NATIVE Project
  • Laura Platero, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
  • Vicki Lowe, American Indian Health Commission
  • Patricia Whitefoot, Community Member, Yakama Nation
  • Carolyn DeFord, Community Member, Puyallup Tribe
  • Craig Bill, Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs
  • Patti Gosch, Washington State Patrol
  • Annie Forsman-Adams, Washington State Attorney General’s Office
  • Sam White, Chief of Police, Lower Elwha Klallam Police Department
  • Councilmember Jani Hitchen, Pierce County Council
  • Councilmember Chris Stearns, City of Auburn
  • Aubony Burns, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers representative (to be announced)

Upcoming Task Force Meetings:

Yakama Legends Casino Events Center
580 Fort Road
Toppenish, WA 98948

  • December 2, 2021 at 12:00 PM
  • December 3, 2021 at 9:00 AM

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We are committed to raising awareness about missing and murdered indigenous people in Washington State. If you have a relative who is missing or who has been the victim of an unresolved homicide and you would like the Attorney General’s office to share their story on social media, please send flyers and information to mmiwp@atg.wa.gov.

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