Victim Advocacy Specialist
Bonnie Clairmont (Ho-Chunk) is a nationally recognized expert on sexual and domestic violence and a leading trainer and technical assistance provider on the topic of sex trafficking in Indian Country. Bonnie is an OVC Crime Victim Advocacy Award recipient and co-author of Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence. Prior to her work with TLPI, she served as the Outreach/Client Services Coordinator for a rape crisis center. Bonnie provided leadership in the development of Sexual Assault Response Teams and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs and offered guidance with multidisciplinary sexual assault protocol development. For four years she coordinated the Strengthening the Circle of Trust Conference, a conference focusing on sexual assault and exploitation perpetrated by American Indian spiritual leaders/medicine men. Bonnie provided technical assistance to research conducted by Amnesty International USA that led to the report, "Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous Women from sexual violence in the USA." Bonnie has dedicated much of her work to providing and improving services for victims and survivors of sexual assault, battering, and child sexual abuse, particularly those from American Indian communities.