The Center works with federally recognized tribes to develop approaches that align with cultural values while honoring and respecting American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) practices. The Center provides services that place minimal demands on staff to provide immediate and sustainable benefits for tribes.
Examples of some no-cost services and resources available through the Center include―
- Identifying training and resources to build knowledge of human trafficking;
- Creating human trafficking informational and outreach materials;
- Helping identify potential partner organizations and connect with federal, state, local, and other tribal government agencies;
- Navigating the range of financial resources for anti-trafficking work;
- Developing a human trafficking screening tool to use across program areas; and
- Assisting with strategic planning and developing policies and procedures on human trafficking support and response.
Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program
The Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program provides support to tribal communities to improve services for victims of crime, consistent with the requirements of the Victims of Crime Act. OVC is charged by Congress with administering the Crime Victims Fund. The Center can assist tribes with accessing this funding and connecting with services for victims of crime in tribal communities.
Tribal Financial Management Center
The OVC Tribal Financial Management Center's services include support for American Indian and Alaska Native communities with financial management and reporting, individualized financial training and technical assistance, and financial needs assessments.
Missing Murdered and Indigenous Women
Several human trafficking factors appear to correlate with MMIW. Correlating factors include domestic and sexual violence, high rates of adverse childhood experiences, opioid and other substance abuse, poverty, and homelessness. These factors put AI/AN at risk for potential traffickers to pray on vulnerabilities. The Center’s assistance can be coordinated with your tribe’s MMIW efforts.
Presidential Task Force—Operation Lady Justice
The Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, known as Operation Lady Justice, was established by Executive Order 13898, signed by the president on November 26, 2019. The Task Force aims to enhance the operation of the criminal justice system and address AI/AN communities’ concerns regarding missing and murdered people—particularly women and girls. The Center’s work supports the efforts of this task force to combat sex and labor trafficking.