Episode #3 - Reawakening the Spirit Podcast: Federal Human Trafficking Resources for Tribal Communities


In this episode of Reawakening the Spirit podcast, host Tyesha Wood discusses federal resources available to Tribal communities for responding to human trafficking with guest Kimberly Woodard, a Senior Tribal Affairs Specialist with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Kimberly shares her insight on Project Beacon, an OVC program committed to increasing the quantity and quality of holistic, victim-centered services available to assist American Indian and Alaska Native victims of sex trafficking in urban areas. They also discuss how to utilize OVC funding for outreach, training, and education on human trafficking and its impact on Tribal communities. 

1:00 - Kimberly introduction 

1:30 - Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) overview 

3:25 - How can Tribal communities’ partner with OVC 

5:49 - Project Beacon 

6:43 - Human trafficking in Tribal communities 

7:55 - Listening to stories about sex trafficking in Tribal communities 

10:00 - Urban Indian Health Centers 

10:50 - Responding to human trafficking in Tribal communities 

13:00 - OVC as a partner in making connections with other Tribal service providers 

15:42 - Relationships and human trafficking response 

16:33 - Training on human trafficking 

18:15 - Collaborative response to human trafficking 

21:23 - Outreach and education on human trafficking 

23:32 - Closing 


Mentioned In This Episode 


Contact the Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center at [email protected] or 1-844-682-0411 


U.S. Department of Justice Disclaimer. This project was supported by Contract No GS-00F-008DA awarded to Booz Allen Hamilton by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this podcast do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.  

Date Published: April 6, 2022