U.S. Attorney General to visit rural communities
After his visit to Anchorage, the U.S. attorney general is expected to travel off the road system.
The purpose: to give William Barr a sense of what it's like to be a victim of violence in a community in which there is little or no law enforcement — and where often the only escape from a violent situation may be on an airplane, boat or snowmachine.
Although the U.S. Justice Department has kept the attorney general's schedule quiet for security reasons, the Tundra Women's Coalition (TWC) in Bethel is preparing for his visit on Friday, when he expected to tour the shelter.
Ina Marie Chaney, who helps to manage cases at TWC, says the shelter currently has exceeded its 33-bed capacity and is screening victims who need housing, based on the level of threat to their life and safety.
While TWC struggles to serve a region the size of the state of Oregon, it also says very little of its budget goes toward prevention.
Nelson Kanuk, who leads a youth group at TWC, is looking forward to speaking to the attorney general on Friday.
"I would say, advocate for more violence prevention youth programs, not only at local levels, but state levels," Kanuk said. "And make it not an option, but a necessity in a state budget."
Tribal leaders say the attorney general is also expected to travel on the Kuskokwim River this Friday, to visit a community near Bethel.
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