SPSSI's 2020 Advocacy Day in Washington, DC
On Thursday, January 30, 2020, 19 SPSSI Council members, other position holders, staff, interns, and allied professionals visited Capitol Hill to talk about the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls and reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The day began with a training led by SPSSI President Stephanie Fryberg, PhD and SPSSI Policy Director Sarah Mancoll. The group then split up in small groups to meet with the offices of 17 U.S. Representatives and 28 U.S. Senators across 13 states.
Above left: SPSSI President Stephanie Fryberg, PhD provides an overview of the issue, including her research on the invisibility of Native Americans. Above right: SPSSI advocates on the steps of the Capitol.
Above left: SPSSI UN Committee Interns and graduate student members Trisha Dehrone, Laura Lopez-Aybar, and Priyadharshany Sandanapitchai outside of SPSSI's office near Capitol Hill. Above right: Bridget Dodge, Ashley Votruba, JD, PhD, and Phia Salter, PhD meeting with Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry.