2017 Winter Awareness Months Coming Up…

December 2017 

  • JOIN: NIWRC emailing list. During the months of December, January & February NIWRC will be sharing resources to honor Human Trafficking Awareness Month, National Stalking Awareness Month and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
  • WEAR ORANGE: Monday, December 25th-Help UNite to End Violence Women’s Empowerment!Organize a morning run, wear orange, take a selfie with your group and post to social media using #UNitetoendviolence & #NIWRCStrongHearts.
  • WATCH: NIWRC’s Webinar from Dec. 13th-“Effective Use of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) for Case Resolution.” The number of missing and unidentified persons in the United States poses one of the biggest challenges to law enforcement, medical examiners, and coroners tasked with resolving these important cases.  The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national information clearinghouse and resource center which offers technology, forensic services, and investigative support to help resolve cases.
  • WATCH: NIWRC’s Webinar from Dec. 14th-“Increasing Safety and Improving Housing Options for Native Survivors of Abuse.” This webinar will provide an overview of the current federal laws in place regarding shelter and housing in Indian Country and the responsibilities expressly outlined in the Violence Against Women Act. The webinar will also focus on the disparity in tribal housing and shelter in Native communities; will review ONAP’s recent report; and will give an overview of why victims of abuse need access to housing as a matter of survival. Participants will learn about HUD’s final rule and its application to Indian Country housing and shelter options. This webinar will also explore culturally responsive best promising practices to promote safe housing options for American Indian and Alaska Natives.

January 2018 is Human Trafficking Awareness Month & National Stalking Awareness Month

  • JOIN: NIWRC emailing list. During the month of January, NIWRC will be sharing resources to honor both Human Trafficking Awareness month and National Stalking Awareness Month.
  • WEAR ORANGE: Thursday, January 25th-Help UNite to End Violence Women’s Empowerment!Organize a morning run, wear orange, take a selfie with your group and post to social media using #UNitetoendviolence & #NIWRCStrongHearts.
  • See more at: https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-624

    HUMAN & SEX TRAFFICKING RESOURCES:

    • DOWNLOAD: United States Accountability Office Report to Congressional Requesters’s “Human Trafficking: Information on Cases in Indian Country or that Involved Native Americans” (July 2017).
    • LISTEN: Native America Calling’s “Exposing Sex Trafficking” (Aug. 23, 2017). The Navajo Nation added a new law this month criminalizing sex trafficking within its boundaries. It’s the latest attempt to fight what tribal officials say is the pervasive threat by those who prey on naïve or desperate young girls. And last month the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a survey indicating half of tribal law enforcement officials believe the sex trafficking problem is actually worse than is reported. We talk to people on the ground trying to help Native people taken away from their homes and forced into prostitution. We’ll look into the problem and find out what can be done.
    • DOWNLOAD: Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families’ Office of Trafficking In Persons’ and Human Trafficking-Look Beneath the Service’s “Fact Sheet: Human Trafficking” (Nov. 21, 2017) Human trafficking is a public health issue that impacts individuals, families, and communities. Traffickers disproportionately target at-risk populations including individuals who have experienced or been exposed to other forms of violence (child abuse and maltreatment, interpersonal violence and sexual assault, community and gang violence) and individuals disconnected from stable support networks (runaway and homeless youth, unaccompanied minors, persons displaced during natural disasters).
    • DOWNLOAD:Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families’ Office of Trafficking In Persons and Administration for Native Americans’ “Native Youth Toolkit on Human Trafficking-Combating Trafficking” (Nov. 21, 2017). The purpose of this toolkit is 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. 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 and Strong Hearts Native Helpline, are also listed as resources for youth to learn more.

February 2018 is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

  • FEBRUARY 5-9TH: NativeLove Staff will be in Nebraska and South Dakota, hosting sessions for TDVAM with UMOn’HOn Nation youth, University of South Dakota college students, Young Women’s Group in Sioux City, IA and more!
  • FEBRUARY 12-15th: NIWRC Staff will be at the NCAI 2018 Executive Council Winter Session.
  • Tuesday, February 13th: TWEET CIRCLE 5pm PST/7CST/8 EST NativeLove, StrongHearts Native Helpline, We R Native and That’s Not Cool will host a Tweet Circle on Twitter to celebrate Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). Details forthcoming check NativeLove Twitter page for updates and using #TDVAM
  • Wednesday, February 14th: Valentines Day!
  • Saturday, February 24th: Haskell Indian Nations University will host their first ever Two-Spirit Powwow in Lawrence, KS. Check out their event page for more details!
  • WEAR ORANGE: Sunday, February 25th-Help UNite to End Violence Women’s Empowerment!Organize a morning run, wear orange, take a selfie with your group and post to social media using #UNitetoendviolence & #NIWRCStrongHearts.