The purpose of this toolkit is to raise awareness and prevent trafficking of Native youth by educating them on what human trafficking is, available resources, safety tips, and ways to get involved in their communities.
This resource considers the unique cultural aspects of this issue for Native youth, tying in the fact that trafficking is outside of Native traditions, and encourages youth to speak with tribal Elders in their community. Native resources, such as the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and Strong Hearts Native Helpline, are also listed as resources for youth to learn more.
Before embarking on this project, ACF conducted an initial scan of available outreach and awareness resources for Native youth on human trafficking and spoke with American Indian and Alaska Native organizations and Tribes in order to complement existing efforts and determine what targeted information would be helpful to include for Native youth.
The toolkit was informed by focus groups of Tribal youth during FY 2015-2016. ACF staff from the Administration for Native Americans and the Office on Trafficking in Persons is committed to revising this resource with input from federal grantees working with Native American communities, Native Americans who have experienced sex and labor trafficking, and federal agency partners through the Senior Policy Operating Group (SPOG) Public Outreach and Awareness Committee.