Attorney General William Barr begins Alaska Trip

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Earlier today Attorney General William Barr spoke with tribal leaders in Anchorage.

The Attorney general will be here for the next four days to discuss the high rates of violence and sexual assault in Alaska Native Communities.
This is Barr's first trip to any state as the Attorney General. Today Barr participated in an 'Alaska Native Justice Roundtable', where Native leaders were able to give their personal testimonies.

Barr said at the roundtable that the law enforcement challenges created by life in Alaska sparked this visit., saying that "it peaked my interest and I thought I'd like to come and visit and see what the problems are, what are some of the ideas for addressing it and how we at the Department of Justice can support you here in Alaska to meet these challenges."

The Attorney General will also be meeting with federal, state, and local officials and will visit the State Crime Lab.