Coming Together to Address Human Trafficking in Native Communities

What is human trafficking and what does it look like in Indigenous, tribal communities?
What can tribal communities do to address it?
Call to action

Learning Objectives:
1) participants will have an increased understanding of trafficking of Indigenous, tribal victims;
2) participants will have an increased understanding of what's currently available as resources to assist with development of local tribal responses; and
3) participants will contribute to growing network of organizations and individuals committed to ending trafficking of Indigenous, tribal peoples

Moderated by Gwendolyn Packard, NIWRC
Lisa Heth has worked in the field of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse for over 24 years. Ms. Heth has been a strong advocate for women and children on the Crow Creek and Lower Brule reservations in South Dakota and is the Executive Director for Wiconi Wawokiya, Inc. (Helping Families) which operates two domestic violence shelters, one on the Crow Creek reservation and is a founder of the Children’s Safe Place (children’s advocacy center) located adjacent to Project Safe Shelter and Pathfinder Center, a place of refuge for victims of human trafficking.

Jenna Novak is a Regional Specialist in Polaris's Advisory Services team as well as the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, covering the western and southeastern parts of the United States.

Polaris: Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery.  Polaris systematically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom.  Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what we do - helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.