Stanford Law Assistant Professor Elizabeth Reese, Yunpoví testified before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for the oversight hearing on “Restoring Justice: Addressing Violence in Native Communities through VAWA Title IX Special Jurisdiction”. Below is her video testimony (beginning at 40:43) and written testimony.
“I was asked to testify here today not only because of my academic expertise but because of my professional experience. Before becoming an academic, I worked as an attorney at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), where I was the primary attorney responsible for coordinating NCAI’s work providing technical assistance to the tribal governments across the country that were working to implement the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013’s (VAWA 2013) expanded criminal jurisdiction over domestic violence cases involving nonIndians.
I am here today to tell you what I know about the successes of what has come to be known as VAWA 2013’s Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ), the need to do more, and to offer my expert opinion on the legal questions that cloud and complicate this picture. …”