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  • Indian Child Welfare Act

    The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that creates strict standards for state courts to follow in Indian child custody proceedings. The ICWA declares "the policy of this Nation is to protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families." Read More

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  • Native American Unit

    Information about NJP's Native American Unit and the services it provides. Read More

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  • Non-Parent Custody Cases of Native American Children

    The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a special federal law. It applies to cases where someone other than a parent wants to get custody of an “Indian Child.” This is for people who want to file for custody of an Indian child in Washington State. #3150EN Read More

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  • Violence against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013: New Protections for Native American Survivors of Domestic Violence

    3702EN - Congress enacted the Violence against Women Act (“VAWA”) in 1994 in response to the severity of violence against women and the need for a national strategic response. VAWA sought to improve criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in the United States. VAWA strengthened provisions to protect victims of domestic violence, hold offenders accountable and created programs to provide services for the victims. Read More

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