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Safeguarding Our Children from Human Trafficking: Using Culture as A Protective and Healing Influence Among Native Youth

January 2022

Historical trauma and current risk factors make Indigenous people vulnerable to many forms of crime victimization, including labor and sex trafficking. Additionally, higher percentages of American Indian and Alaska Native children are living in poverty, involved in the juvenile justice system, and the foster care system, increasing their vulnerability to human trafficking.

Talking Circle: Starting a Human Trafficking Conversation in a Tribal Community

September 2021
Education and awareness are vital to preventing and intervening in human trafficking. Starting the initial discussion about human trafficking can be challenging but is pivotal in supporting victims. During a virtual Talking Circle on September 22, 2021 titled, “Starting a Human Trafficking Conversation in a Tribal Community” panelists from the Alaska Native Justice Center, American Indians Against Abuse, and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute discussed how tribes can begin a human trafficking awareness conversation within their community.

Funding Healing: Securing Federal Funds to Support Victims of Crime in their Healing Journey

February 2021

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) releases funding each year to support tribes and organization’s serving tribal communities in developing or sustaining crime victim services programs. During this conversation representatives from current OVC-funded tribal victim services programs and OVC staff discussed: (1) how to develop new and enhance existing tribal victim services programs and (2) how funding from OVC’s Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Formula program can support these efforts.

Talking Circle: Human Trafficking in Tribal Communities

January 2021

Human trafficking impacts tribal people more than most of us realize with traffickers preying on vulnerabilities such as jurisdiction, prosecution, and limited resources. During this conversation, skilled practitioners share their experiences working with human trafficking in tribal communities and discuss risk factors for trafficking, barriers to addressing trafficking on tribal lands, and needed services to aid the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of trafficked tribal members or relatives.