“Our trauma is in our genes... healing for us is healing our people, our societies that we come from, our clans that we come from.”

- Bonnie Clairmont, Ho-Chunk Nation

Trauma and Human Trafficking

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.

“Because of the trauma that comes along with human trafficking, as well as other forms of violence, staff are going to need training and support in order to serve the victims and survivors.”

- Michelle Cook, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe 

Questions & Answers

These questions and answers come from Talking Circle conversations where American Indian and Alaska Native practitioners share their experiences supporting survivors of human trafficking. 


If you or a loved one are experiencing human trafficking, you are not alone.

Strong Hearts Native Helpline and the National Human Trafficking hotline are available 24/7 to listen. All conversations over phone, text, and online chat are confidential and anonymous.  

During your conversations, if you desire, you may receive referrals to state or local resources.