Culture as a Protective Factor in Preventing Trafficking among Native Youth: A Tribal Report

Date Published
September 2020
27 pages

Indigenous people are at a higher risk of human trafficking—including both sex trafficking and labor trafficking—than other diverse populations. Indigenous groups in the United States, including American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations, are especially at risk. This report (1) provides foundational knowledge of the historical context and the continued impact on Indigenous communities today and (2) identifies unique vulnerabilities, assets, and strengths found in Indigenous communities and cultures as a means of supporting the recommendations to prevent trafficking among all Indigenous youth. While one report cannot capture all of the inherently unique histories and characteristics of all Indigenous people in the United States, this report and its recommendations will provide a beginning to continued change, healing, and safety for all Indigenous youth—now and for future generations. This report was developed by fellows of the 2019–2020 Human Trafficking Leadership Academy Class 5, organized through the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC), Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), and Coro Northern California.

Date Published: September 10, 2020