Investigating and Prosecuting Sex Trafficking Cases in Tribal Communities

Investigating and Prosecuting Sex Trafficking Cases in Tribal Communities
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-11-05
Unit 1 Article: Combatting Trafficking of Native Americans and Alaska Natives
Unit 2 Recording: Investigating and Prosecuting Sex Trafficking Cases in Tribal Communities

Tribal communities, like all other communities, can be impacted by sex trafficking. Victims of sex trafficking frequently suffer horrific abuse for prolonged periods of time with devastating emotional and physical effects. What complicates the response to these offenses in tribal communities is the unique jurisdictional structure in Indian country and the potential for multiple jurisdictions to work a criminal case or provide services to the victims. This webinar will cover Indian country criminal jurisdiction, federal sex trafficking, and sexual abuse laws, tribal responses to sex trafficking, victims’ rights and services available for sex trafficking victims and related emerging issues in tribal communities.


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Audience Comments:

  • “The risk factors were mind-blowing because so many native communities and young people are at risk.” — Angel
  • “Just hearing the facts and stats on this specific topic is very eye-opening.” — April
  • “All about the characteristics of different types of human trafficking, and the traffickers themselves.” — Alexis
  • “It was very informative to learn about the challenges of federal prosecutions and an explanation of the types of facts/investigation that is so important regarding, for example, proving the interstate commerce element. Thanks!” — Emily
  • “The Choctaw’s nations clear protocol on how to manage a victim of human trafficking.” — Ingrid
  • “Good to see that work is being done within Native communities and jurisdictions.” — Jiibay
  • “There are extra complications when dealing with sex trafficking victims from tribal communities, including distrust of non-tribal law enforcement, confusion of jurisdiction, and circumstances within tribal communities which lead to higher vulnerability to human trafficking.” — Jessica
  • “It was insightful to learn how natives are even more vulnerable and how their population are victims of human trafficking in different and similar ways to non-natives. Our children, regardless of race, are vulnerable when they are homeless and runaways. But living in these rural communities makes an impact on how they are taken or manipulated as well.” — Zeysha



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