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Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce

Director of Operations
Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative
Seneca

Briefly describe your work:

I have been conducting community-based participatory action research and program evaluation with American Indian tribes and urban Indian non-profits since 1998. I specialize in program development and program evaluation for tribal/urban programs addressing sexual violence and commercial sexual exploitation. In 2009, I authored *Shattered Hearts: The commercial sexual exploitation of American Indian women and girls in Minnesota* for the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, which was the first research ever published in the United States that addressed the sex trafficking of minor American Indian girls. I am a survivor of family-based domestic child sex trafficking (my non-Native father) and was also trafficked into prostitution as an adult by my husband (also non-Native) for 14 years. I escaped in 1979 and since then have dedicated my life to protecting and supporting other victims and survivors by exposing the harms caused by the sex industry.

My current work focuses on the overlap between domestic/sexual violence, drug trafficking, and human trafficking in Native communities, training advocates and community leaders on the structure and processes of human trafficking operations and “best practice” trauma-informed, victim-centered approaches to recognizing and responding to victims. I am a survivor of family-based child sex trafficking and sex trafficking by an intimate partner. Escaping my trafficker in 1979, I entered college in 1987 and earned a doctorate in Sociology in 2001. In my dissertation research, I surveyed 400 tribal members on four Minnesota reservations to gather community perceptions about the causes of domestic violence and how it could be eliminated. The vast majority of participants identified generational trauma and its long-term impacts as the core cause, and the preferred solution was a public health approach that promoted healing in both victims and offenders, rather than a criminal justice approach. I have 21 years’ experience in nonprofit program development, curriculum and training development, community-based participatory research, and culturally-grounded program evaluation. In 2005 I began working with advocates and Native communities to build awareness about sex trafficking victimization. In 2009 I authored “Shattered Hearts: The commercial sexual exploitation of American Indian women and girls in Minnesota” for the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, which was the first research ever published in the United States that addressed the sex trafficking of minor American Indian girls. From 2012-2014 I developed modular human trafficking curricula for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, and in 2017-2018 provided technical assistance to the Minnesota Department of Health for its Safe Harbor planning process. Currently, I am Director of Operations at Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative, a survivor-led nonprofit in Olympia, WA. My work centers on providing human trafficking training and technical assistance (both sex and labor trafficking), conducting human trafficking needs assessments with tribal communities, developing human trafficking curricula and training modules, evaluating prevention and intervention programs, and promoting strategic inclusion of survivors in human trafficking planning and protocol development. I am currently working with tribal and urban domestic violence and sexual assault programs, tribal coalitions across the nation, and service providers working with homeless and at-risk adults and youth. Recent clients include Indian Health Service, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Office for Victims of Crime, and Washington State tribal liaisons. I am also the mother of two adult sons who respect and support the women in their lives, and that is my proudest accomplishment!

I provide my services via: On-Site

My Fees & Requirements are: Reimbursement for travel costs beyond 1/2 hour travel from Olympia, WA; per diem is negotiable depending upon distance traveled and length of training requested.

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(651) 247-9581