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Sexual assault is a significant issue in tribal communities. In its immediate aftermath, victims deserve access to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) specifically trained to provide expert forensic nursing care that is victim-centered and compassionate. In 2013 the Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) developed a SANE program following the American Indian/Alaska Native SANE-SART 2010 Initiative. Simultaneously, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health received federal funding to develop a National Tele-nursing Center (NTC). The NTC provides guidance and support for SANEs and other clinicians in remote, underserved areas. The HHCC and the NTC have been collaborating to develop a system of...More Info >>
Both the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Violence Against Women Act tribal jurisdiction provision (section 904) recognize the inherent sovereignty of Indian Nations to protect their women and children. However, both are under attack. This webinar will take a close look at the non-Indian attacks on ICWA and VAWA, how they intersect, and what lessons we can learn from defending these attacks to ensure that our own communities best utilize these important laws to protect our women and children. Presenter: Mary Kathryn joined Pipestem Law in 2015. She specializes in federal Indian law and has drafted numerous appellate briefs...More Info >>
The National Congress of American Indians Task Force on Violence Against Women will provide an update on efforts to remove barriers preventing American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages from accessing the Crime Victim Fund. Unlike state and territorial governments, tribal governments do not receive an annual allocation from the Crime Victims Fund to help crime victims in their communities. American Indians and Alaska Natives experience the highest crime victimization rates in the country. Complex jurisdictional issues, along with the cultural diversity of tribes and the basic reality of geography, pose significant challenges for tribal crime victims. Tribal governments, like...More Info >>
Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence is a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Prevention Institute. Violence takes many forms, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child maltreatment, bullying, suicidal behavior, and elder abuse and neglect. These forms of violence are interconnected and often share the same root causes. They can also all take place under one roof, or in a given community or neighborhood and can happen at the same time or at different stages of life.1,2 Understanding the overlapping causes of violence and the things that can...More Info >>
This document communicates CDC’s priorities related to violence prevention for the next 5 years. CDC will use this document to prioritize our portfolio of work to better address the connections among the different forms of violence, shape future funding initiatives, and guide our collaborative efforts with partners across the country. Why use a cross-cutting approach? Several decades of research, prevention, and services have revealed a lot about the different forms of violence and how to prevent and respond to them. One fact clearly emerging from this body of work is that the different forms of violence are strongly interconnected. Previous...More Info >>
Treatment of Adult Sex Offenders Robert Prentky and Barbara Schwartz With contributions from Gail Burns-Smith The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the current state of sex offender treatment, with a focus on the question of the effectiveness of treatment. We begin by discussing some problems that arise in answering this question, followed by a brief discussion of the history of sex offender treatment, and a more in-depth discussion of studies that have looked at the effectiveness of treatment programs, most of which took place under markedly poor conditions (in highly restrictive prison environments). The larger...More Info >>
The Minnesota Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force (MN-HTTF) was established by state legislation (MN Statute §299A.79) in 2006. During this time, the Task Force successfully brought together stakeholders from across the state to address human trafficking. The Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force has been instrumental in enacting strong legislation over the past few years to give law enforcement and prosecutors clearer guidance and stronger tools for addressing the problem of human trafficking. (For further information see the Human Trafficking in Minnesota [2006-2010] reports on the Department of Public Safety’s website: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ojp/statistical-analysis-center/Pages/human... ) The 2006 legislation establishing the Task Force sunset...More Info >>
About Polaris Project: National Human Trafficking Resource Center Toll Free Hotline Call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree ( 233733 ). The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. The NHTRC is a program of Polaris Project, a non-profit, non-governmental organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking. We are not a government entity, law enforcement or an immigration authority. Call us at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree ( 233733...More Info >>
Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative - https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=51 OJP Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide - https://www.ovcttac.gov/taskforceguide/eguide/ FBI Human Trafficking - https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/human_trafficking Trafficking Resource Center - https://traffickingresourcecenter.org/what-human-trafficking/federal-ant... DOJ-Funded Human Trafficking Task Forces - http://www.nij.gov/journals/262/pages/human-trafficking-task-forces.aspx#More Info >>
What Is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is a serious federal crime with penalties of up to imprisonment for life. Federal law defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as: “(A) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or (B) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.” [U.S.C...More Info >>
Human trafficking is a crime in which people profit from the exploitation of others. Victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults over the age of 18 who are forced, coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and children and adults compelled into different forms of labor. Child and youth trafficking victims require a highly educated, loving, and carefully coordinated response by multiple individuals and agencies including parents, child welfare workers, foster care workers, law enforcement officers, medical workers, school administrators and teachers, attorneys, and the courts. Children are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking. When dealing...More Info >>
The NIWRC Native Love youth project tunes into the voices of youth to hear what NativeLove means to them and how it can inform our work as advocates. NativeLove is re-launching during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2016, with media campaigns, tribal school visits, community events, toolkits, building and sharing new resources, how to promote youth leadership, and information about the NativeLove youth ambassadorship. NativeLove hopes to galvanize Native youth and lend volume to their voices in recognizing healthy relationships by engaging them in a positive way with interactive opportunities for youth-to-youth-to-community relationship building. This webinar will describe the project,...More Info >>
*/ This webinar will familiarize participants with common dynamics that are associated with trafficking in tribal communities. Participants will learn what steps they might take in order to develop an effective tribal response to trafficking and will be provided with examples of how other tribes across the country have developed a response. Throughout the webinar there will be opportunity for discussion about how trafficking and prostitution uniquely impact our Native women and youth, and there will be time at the end for participants to talk about what they are currently seeing in their own communities. Note: ACF Regions 5 &...More Info >>
*/ 4 of 4 Survivor Centered Webinar Series on Sex Trafficking of Native WomenMore Info >>
In Native cultures, Native peoples had non-violent life ways based on an understanding of the natural world, viewing health through the traditional concepts of balance and sense of well-being. This webinar will discuss how restoring traditional family values can support positive social change and healthy community characteristics where Native families can exist in a web of relationships, each equal in importance and value. Presented by Theda New Breast, MPH, Native Wellness Institute */More Info >>
*/ 3 of 4 Survivor Centered Webinar Series on Sex Trafficking of Native WomenMore Info >>
*/ 2 of 4 Survivor Centered Webinar Series on Sex Trafficking of Native Women This webinar will address intimate partner sex trafficking, particularly how pimps select their victims. The focus will be on predator behavior, not victim risk factors. Presenters: Christine Stark (Cherokee/Anishinaabe is an award winning author, speaker, organizer, and visual artist. Her articles have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress and others. Currently, she is writing a report titled “Gathering Our Stories: the Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women on the Duluth Ships” based upon interviews she conducted with Native women...More Info >>

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