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Office on Violence Against Women; Notice of Meeting

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AGENCY:

Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice.

ACTION:

Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY:

This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of the forthcoming public meeting of the Section 904 Violence Against Women in Indian Country Task Force (hereinafter “the Task Force”).

DATES:

The meeting will take place on August 20, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on August 21, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES:

The meeting will take place at the United States Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20530. The public is asked to pre-register by August 14, 2008 for the meeting due to security and seating limitations (see below for information on pre-registration).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lorraine Edmo, Deputy Tribal Director, Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice, 800 K Street, NW., Suite 920, Washington, DC 20530; by telephone at: (202) 514-8804; e-mail: Lorraine.edmo@usdoj.gov; or fax: 202 307-3911. You may also view information about the Task Force on the Office on Violence Against Women Web site at: http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/​siw.htm.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice of this meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Title IX of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) requires the Attorney General to establish a Task Force to assist the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to develop and implement a program of research on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and murder. The program will evaluate the effectiveness of the Federal, state, and tribal response to violence against Indian women, and will propose recommendations to improve the government response. The Attorney General, acting through the Director of Start Printed Page 45474the Office on Violence Against Women, established the Task Force on March 31, 2008.

This meeting will be the first meeting of the Task Force and will include introductions of the Task Force Members and Federal representatives, an overview of research on violence against American and Alaska Native women and of evaluations concerning efforts to respond to such crimes, and a Task Force Member discussion on the research and evaluation goals of the Task Force. The Task Force is also expected to hear from additional invited speakers who will provide information on research on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women. In addition, the Task Force is also welcoming public oral comment at this meeting and has reserved an estimated 90 minutes for this purpose. Members of the public wishing to address the Task Force must contact Lorraine Edmo, Deputy Tribal Director, Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice, 800 K Street, NW., Suite 920, Washington, DC 20530; by telephone at: (202) 514-8804; e-mail: Lorraine.edmo@usdoj.gov; or fax: 202 307-3911. (see below for additional information).

The meeting will take place on August 20, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on August 21, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include breaks and working lunches. Time will be reserved for public comment on August 21, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. See the section below for information on reserving time for public comment.

Access: This meeting will be open to the public but registration on a space available basis is required. Persons who wish to attend must register at least six (6) days in advance of the meeting by contacting Lorraine Edmo, Deputy Tribal Director, Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice, by e-mail: Lorraine.edmo@usdoj.gov; or fax: 202 307-3911. All attendees will be required to sign in at the meeting registration desk. Please bring photo identification and allow extra time prior to the start of the meeting.

The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Individuals who require special accommodation in order to attend the meeting should notify Lorraine Edmo, Deputy Tribal Director, Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice, by e-mail: Lorraine.edmo@usdoj.gov; or fax: 202 307-3911 no later than August 11, 2008. After this date, we will attempt to satisfy accommodation requests but cannot guarantee the availability of any requests.

Written Comments: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by August 11, 2008 to Lorraine Edmo, Deputy Tribal Director, Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice, 800 K Street, NW., Suite 920, Washington, DC 20530 by mail; or by e-mail: Lorraine.edmo@usdoj.gov; or by fax: 202 307-3911.

Public Comment: Persons interested in participating during the public comment period of the meeting are requested to reserve time on the agenda by contacting Lorraine Edmo, Deputy Tribal Director, Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice, by e-mail: Lorraine.edmo@usdoj.gov; or fax: 202 307-3911. Requests must include the participant's name, organization represented, if appropriate, and a brief description of the subject of the comments. Each participant will be permitted approximately 3 to 5 minutes to present comments, depending on the number of individuals reserving time on the agenda. Participants are also encouraged to submit written copies of their comments at the meeting. Comments that are submitted to Lorraine Edmo, Deputy Tribal Director, Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice, 800 K Street, NW., Suite 920, Washington, DC 20530 by mail; by e-mail: Lorraine.edmo@usdoj.gov; or fax: 202 307-3911 before August 11, 2008, will be circulated to Task Force members prior to the meeting.

Given the expected number of individuals interested in presenting comments at the meeting, reservations should be made as soon as possible. Persons unable to obtain reservations to speak during the meeting are encouraged to submit written comments, which will be accepted at the meeting location or may be mailed to the Section 904 Violence Against Women in Indian Country Task Force, to the attention of Lorraine Edmo, Deputy Tribal Director, Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice, 800 K Street, NW., Suite 920, Washington, DC, 20530.

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Dated: July 28, 2008

Cindy Dyer,

Director, Office on Violence Against Women.

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[FR Doc. E8-17950 Filed 8-4-08; 8:45 am]

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