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Lawmakers look to Minn. model to address murdered, missing Black women

It launched the country’s first task force devoted to understanding the issue and is creating a dedicated office in the Department of Public Safety.
The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File)

A growing number of lawmakers are pushing for more state and federal resources for what they describe as a long-ignored epidemic of missing and murdered Black women and girls.

Minnesota is leading the way after launching in 2020 the country’s first task force devoted to understanding why Black women and girls are murdered or missing at higher rates than their peers. The legislature followed up this year with a law creating an office within the state Department of Public Safety dedicated to unsolved cases.

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