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Human Trafficking in Tribal Communities Talking Circle

The National Center for Victims of Crime hosted a Human Trafficking in Tribal Communities Talking Circle on January 27, 2021. The full recording is available here:

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Human trafficking impacts tribal people more than most of us realize with traffickers preying on vulnerabilities such as jurisdiction, prosecution, and limited resources. During this conversation, listen to tribe’s experiences with human trafficking in tribal communities and ask your own questions. Discussion topics include risk factors for trafficking, barriers to addressing trafficking on tribal lands, and needed services to aid the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of trafficked tribal members or relatives.


Marcia Good, Executive Director, Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives

Desiree Coyote, Qepsqéps Tim̓íne Tiy̓et̓ípec, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Family Violence Services Program Manager

E. Ingrid Cumberlidge (contractor), Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator, U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office, District of Alaska

Jolene Engelking, Program Coordinator Project Beacon, Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition

Tyesha Wood, Consultant, Law Enforcement in Indian Country

Jaymee Bird, Project Specialist (contractor), Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center

Upcoming Talking Circle

The next Talking Circle titled “Funding Healing: Securing federal funds to support victims of crime in their healing journey” will take place on February 18 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. EST/ 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. PST. Representatives from current OVC-funded tribal victim services programs and OVC staff will discuss: (1) how to develop new and enhance existing tribal victim services programs and (2) how funding from OVC’s Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside (TVSSA) Formula program can support these efforts.

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