Talking Circle: Safeguarding Our Children from Human Trafficking
Safeguarding Our Children from Human Trafficking: Using Culture As a Protective and Healing Influence Among Native Youth
Historical trauma and current risk factors make Indigenous people vulnerable to many forms of crime victimization, including labor and sex trafficking. Additionally, higher percentages of American Indian and Alaska Native children are living in poverty, involved in the juvenile justice system, and the foster care system, increasing their vulnerability to human trafficking. During this conversation, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Samoan panelists discuss the intersection between child welfare, human trafficking, and vulnerability to exploitation. They also discussed the impact of historical trauma and how to effectively use culture as a protective and healing factor.
We are pleased to share the full recording, a list of the resources shared during the session, and contact information for the panelists. We hope you find this content both insightful and helpful in serving victims of human trafficking.
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Panelist Contact Information
E. Ingrid Cumberlidge Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator
Contractor, U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Alaska Ingrid.Cumberlidge@usdoj.gov
USAAK.MMIP@usdoj.gov Dr. Dolores Subia Bigfoot Director, Indian Child Trauma Center
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Dee-Bigfoot@ouhsc.edu Tafilisaunoa (Tafi) Toleafoa Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Covenant House Alaska firstname.lastname@example.org Lenny Hayes Founder and Owner Tate Topa Consulting, LLC email@example.com Shira Phelps Project Specialist (Contractor) Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center firstname.lastname@example.org