UPDATED 1:00 PM PT — Thursday, July 23, 2020
On Thursday, the first lady participated in a briefing regarding efforts to ensure the safety of Native American children in the U.S. health care system. Melania Trump met with FBI agents, members of the HHS and representatives from the Navajo Nation to discuss ongoing issues within the Indian Health Service (IHS).
The task force is in charge of investigating issues like sexual assault against children.
Melania has said she shares the president’s passion for making sure this type of abuse doesn’t continue.
“I know that many IHS staff are passionate about their mission and the communities they serve,” she stated. “However, systemic problems can put children at risk, and I share the president’s commitment to making sure the Indian Health Service uses best practices to keep children safe.”
The task force was created last year to look into where the Indian Health Service needs to improve protections for children.