Native Empowerment Dialogue on Human Trafficking: There Is Hope

November 9, 2017
2 program staff members standing with NHTTAC Consultant
Jeri Moomaw with Sandra Yazzie-Tougaw and Carolyn DeFord, program staff from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians’ Community Domestic Violence Advocacy Program.

The ACF Administration for Native Americans hosted their annual Native American Grantee Meeting this week to share successful coordination and collaboration strategies that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities.

Jeri Moomaw, a trainer and advocate with the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center, joined the grantees as a native empowerment dialogue speaker and led discussions about identifying and addressing human trafficking in Native communities.

“Human trafficking can happen to anyone,” Jeri explained, “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].”

Jeri is a nationally recognized Tribal human trafficking and anti-violence expert and has made it her mission to bring awareness, education, and tools to equip communities and frontline professionals to respond to trafficking and violence in Tribal communities. If you serve American Indian and Alaska Native communities and need training or technical assistance from similar experts on how to respond to trafficking, email or call 844-648-8822.

Other Resources

ACF Consults with Tribal Leaders on Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking, OTIP Director Remarks

Human Trafficking: Action Needed to Identify the Number of Native American Victims Receiving Federally-funded Services Visit disclaimer page, Government Accountability Office

Human Trafficking: Information on Cases in Indian Country or that Involved Native Americans Visit disclaimer page, Government Accountability Office