On October 27, CNAY hosted its 22nd Policy and Resource Roundtable in Washington, DC with over 40 federal agencies, national tribal organizations, ally organizations, and other important stakeholders. This meeting was focused on human trafficking in Indian Country, particularly how it impacts Native American youth, and efforts underway to address this issue.
CNAY’s chairman and founder, Senator Byron Dorgan (ret.), gave opening remarks before Fiona Teller, a young Native advocate and graduate student at American University, shared her perspectives and research on human trafficking. Following her presentation, representatives from the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, the US Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign, and National Congress of American Indians provided information about their current anti-trafficking efforts.
During the last hour of the meeting, participants engaged in dialogue about human trafficking, including its causes, data gaps, and opportunities to collaborate. Representatives from the McCain Institute, Polaris, Administration for Children and Families, the US Department of Justice, Indian Health Service, and Casey Family Programs joined many others in attendance for the meeting.