PROJECT BEACON 

 

Project Beacon was created to increase the quantity and quality of services currently available to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of sex trafficking who reside in urban areas. Project Beacon is meant to help bridge the divide between urban Indian centers and AI/AN victims of sex trafficking.

The Beacon Project uses a comprehensive Services Model with four components:

 

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Collaborative partnerships

Adoption of a victim-centered approach to service delivery

Intensive case management services

Specific required categories of victim services

Key Aspects of Victim-Centered Approach to Service Delivery

  • Trauma-informed approach to provision of services

  • Individualized service plans

  • Educating sex trafficking victims about their options

There are currently five sites funded under Project Beacon:

The Missoula Project Beacon is a grant-funded initiative that aims to create a network of trauma-informed providers and services that are available to American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) survivors of human trafficking. Our objective is to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist urban AIAN survivors of sex trafficking while also educating our partner organizations and the Missoula community as a whole on culturally-appropriate ways to address human trafficking.

As the first and only initiative in Western Montana aimed specifically at assisting urban AIAN human trafficking survivors, Project Beacon hopes to bring healing and resiliency opportunities to our Indigenous communities. Together with our partner agencies, we seek to advocate for our stolen sisters and brothers, train our community on how to spot indicators of trafficking, and bring our community together to offer a space of holistic wellness.  

First Nations Community HealthSource (FNCH) is New Mexico's Title V Urban Health Center, providing culturally competent comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare to the 55,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives who reside in the City of Albuquerque. Since 1972 FNCH has offered consumer-driven healthcare and community health programming that promotes a holistic approach to wellness by integrating traditional American Indian, spiritual, cultural, and healing practices with Western medicine and evidence-based interventions. FNCH’s current menu of community health offerings include: a homelessness outreach initiative; Diabetes and HIV prevention programming; a youth mentoring program; a supportive housing assistance program; social services case management; a Women's Infants and Children (WIC) program; and assistance with Medicaid enrollment. FNCH received a Project Beacon award in FY 2016 which it used to create its Education and Advocacy for Sex Trafficking Victims (EAST) program.

The Gerald L. Ignace Health Center (GLIHC) is a 501 (c)(3) healthcare facility that provides healthcare to the estimated 18,239 American Indians and Alaska Natives who reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded in 1999, GLIHC offers comprehensive primary care, mental health and substance abuse counseling, preventive care, women's health programming, prenatal care, and access to traditional cultural activities that promote wellness, such as a Native Wellness Garden, talking circles, drumming groups, and language classes. GLIHC also features an on-site dental clinic and pharmacy.

Based in San Francisco, California, Friendship House Association of American Indians (FHAAI) is a 501 (c)(3) organization that was founded in 1963 to meet the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives who were relocated to the San Francisco Bay area during the federal termination era. FHAAI continues to provide essential services to members of Bay area's estimated 22,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives. FHAAI currently operates an 80-bed, licensed and accredited, residential substance abuse treatment program where Native American adults can stay for up to 180 days and participate in culturally appropriate and trauma-informed individual, group, and family therapy, and also access traditional healing practices. FHAAI also operates a smaller, specialized residential substance abuse treatment program for expectant mothers and mothers of children age 0-5. Additionally, FHAAI supports a youth center, where Native youth can access academic enrichment activities, receive college counseling, and participate in cultural activities including classes on drumming, beadwork and regalia making, and pow wow dancing.
 

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The Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition (NUIHC) is a 501(c)(3) healthcare organization that serves American Indians and Alaska Natives who reside in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, and Sioux City and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Founded in 1986, NUIHC currently operates a licensed and accredited primary healthcare clinic, inpatient substance abuse program, and community health programs designed to prevent substance abuse and suicide, and a meal and socialization program for elders.

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Through unity Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition works to strengthen their voices and build resources in their communities statewide to create awareness and eliminate sexual violence against Indian women and children. They vigorously strive to apply their efforts toward influencing social change and reclaim traditional values that honor the sovereignty of Indian women and children. 

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