Talking Circle: Exploring the Intersections Between Human Trafficking and Missing or Murdered Indigenous People
Human trafficking harms the body and spirit. Learn about the connection between human trafficking and Missing or Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP). Both human trafficking and MMIP victims may have been exposed to domestic and sexual violence, adverse childhood experiences, substance use, poverty, and homelessness. While human trafficking can happen to anyone anywhere, traffickers often exploit these vulnerabilities.
Intergenerational and historical trauma have existed for hundreds of years within tribal communities. Understanding this history as well as the impact of complex trauma on survivors of human trafficking is critical to supporting their healing process. On June 9, 2022, Desiree Coyote, Lu-Anne Haukaas, and Guadalupe Lopez convened to answer participant questions on recognizing and addressing trauma from a human trafficking survivor's lived experience. The Talking Circle series is sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center.
Safeguarding Our Children from Human Trafficking: Using Culture as A Protective and Healing Influence Among Native Youth
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.
Determining how to spend federal funds for victim services can seem overwhelming. Whether an organization is starting, sustaining, or growing a victim services program, a broad range of resources are available to assist them in supporting the healing journey for victims.
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.
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.