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Talking Circle: Safeguarding Our Children from Human Trafficking

Talking Circle

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.



Fact Sheets

How to Improve Services for Males Experiencing Trafficking

Human Trafficking Indicators

Human Trafficking and MMIW


Culture as a Protective Factor in Preventing Trafficking among Native Youth

Healing Indigenous Lives Native Youth Town Halls

Human and Sex Trafficking: Trends and Responses Across Indian Country

Sex Trafficking in Indian Country Update

The Child Welfare Response to Labor Trafficking in California

Garden of Truth

Toolkits and Guides

Combatting Trafficking: Native Youth Toolkit on Human Trafficking

Resources for Families of Missing American Indian and Alaska Native Adults

Project Trust: Human Trafficking Outreach Toolkit


Sex Trafficking in Indian Country: Advocacy Curriculum

SOAR for Native Communities

Understanding Human Trafficking


Talking Circle webinars


Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center

Capacity Building Center for Tribes

Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center

National Human Trafficking Hotline

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Operation Lady Justice

Sex Trafficking - Tribal Law and Policy Institute

StrongHearts Native Helpline

Tribal Resource Tool


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 Dr. Dolores Subia Bigfoot Director, Indian Child Trauma Center

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Tafilisaunoa (Tafi) Toleafoa Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Covenant House Alaska Lenny Hayes Founder and Owner Tate Topa Consulting, LLC Shira Phelps Project Specialist (Contractor) Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center

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