Rosen Co-Sponsors Bill to Prevent and Treat Child Abuse in American Indian Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement announcing her original co-sponsorship of the American Indian and Alaska Native Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. This legislation would improve federal funding for child abuse programs impacting Native Americans.
“We must do all we can to put protections in place to prevent child abuse and give resources to those individuals that have experienced it,” said Senator Rosen. “This legislation provides greater resources to tribal communities across the country in an effort to better address this threat. I will continue to advocate for the well-being of all of Nevada’s children.”

BACKGROUND: This bill includes tribal nations in the criteria for evaluating if CAPTA funding is distributed equitably. The legislation also increases the tribal set-aside to 5% once CAPTA funding increases by more than $1 million, and calls for a U.S. Government Accountability Office study on child abuse and neglect programs for tribal communities.