November is National Native American Heritage Month
We are pleased to join the White House in recognizing November as National Native American Heritage Month.
Jerri Moomaw, a trainer and advocate with the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center, once explained that “human trafficking can happen to anyone but it is happening disproportionately to our Native people.” She continued to share a number of reasons why this population is particularly at-risk: intergenerational trauma, lack of resources, lack of employment opportunities, prior abuse, substance use, and jurisdictional challenges. “Our communities are fractured…it’s from historical trauma. We need to heal communities [in order] to battle [human trafficking].”
This is why we work closely with the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to address human trafficking in Native communities. We released a Native Youth Toolkit and are piloting a new training called SOAR for Native Communities with ANA grantees this month. Once finalized, this training will be available to anyone online as part of our SOAR to Health and Wellness Program.
On Wednesday, November 14th at 2PM EST, we are participating in a Twitter chat about human trafficking in Native communities, hosted by The Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign. We will join the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, and the Center for Native American Youth to discuss trafficking as it relates to Native communities – why it is prevalent, what role tribal leaders play, and how to recognize and report it.
We encourage you follow @ACFHHS and participate using #AskBlue on Twitter.