Combating Human Trafficking in Native Communities – UNITY, Inc.

Combating Human Trafficking in Native Communities

Cover of Native Youth Toolkit, accessible version available in PDF.National UNITY Council’s Executive Committee Southeastern Representative Halona Benjamin, Lumbee, wants to share this toolkit with you! Among the diverse populations affected by human trafficking, indigenous peoples worldwide are at particular risk for both sex trafficking and labor trafficking. The HHS Administration for Native Americans (ANA) notes that American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women and girls are at higher risk for experiencing sex trafficking.

Access the fact sheet to learn more about OTIP’s efforts to combat human trafficking in Native communities. The Native Youth Toolkit aims 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.

More about the Native Youth Toolkit:

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 visit disclaimer pageand Strong Hearts Native Helplinevisit disclaimer page, are also listed as resources for youth to learn more.

Before embarking on this project, ACF assessed available outreach and awareness resources for Native youth on human trafficking and spoke with American Indian and Alaska Native organizations and Tribes to complement existing efforts and determine which information would be helpful to include. 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 are committed to revising this resource with input from federal grantees working with Native communities, those who have experienced sex and labor trafficking, and federal agency partners through the Senior Policy Operating Group (SPOG) Public Outreach and Awareness Committee. Email with feedback, comments, or questions.