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Upcoming Training Announcement:
We wish to invite you to our upcoming Sex Trafficking Prevention Training and Red Sand Project Awareness Event taking place on Sept 1 & 2, 2016 at the Ramkota Convention Center in Pierre, SD.
Thursday, Sept. 1st – Grassroots Advocacy to Prevent Sex Trafficking
Friday, Sept. 2nd - Human Trafficking Prevention in Indian Country and South Dakota provide by the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute.
See agenda and how to register here
Or download registration form, complete and fax to 605-945-0870
This training and awareness event is being Co-Hosted by the South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Watertown Initiative to Prevent Sex Trafficking, and the Dakota Casino Intelligence Unit.
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Human trafficking survivor shares her story ahead of Sturgis Rally
KEVN. by Eliana Sheriff, July 4, 2016 (Watch newscast on KEVN)
Windie Lazenko says, "It's very real, it's very very real."
Tammie Brock, Crisis Intervention Shelter Services in Sturgis, says, "Human trafficking is a huge part of the motorcycle rally that nobody wants to talk about." So, how do you spot sex trafficking?
Windie Lazenko says, "Anytime someone is traded for any kind of sexual purpose, or labor trade for any form of power, it can be money, drugs, a safe place to stay." And, how can we end it?
Windie Lazenko says, "A lot of people are not aware that the average age of entry into prostitution in America is 12-14 years old.".... Read More.
Supreme Court Case Highlights Issues Of Domestic Abuse, Right To Counsel In Indian Country
By Jenifer Jones • Jun 15, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the conviction of a domestic abuser in Indian Country. A USD law professor says the case highlights the disparity between the right to counsel for Native and non-Native offenders. In tribal court, Native Americans aren’t guaranteed the right to an attorney, like they are in state and federal court. ... Read More
Listen to Norma Rendon, SDCEDSV Native Co-Director in recent NPR Interview.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE RAPED: The ABC Handbook for Native Girls.
(a pdf version can be viewed here)
The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center and the Native American Community Board in Lake Andes, South Dakota has released a new graphic novel written and illustrated by Lucy Bonner.
"In contemporary times, Indian people may not be familiar with resources or are too uncomfortable to talk about rape due to years of colonization and the boarding school trauma where our ancestors were abused, silenced and shamed about their sexuality.
It is time to reclaim our voices and to talk about these critical issues that are affecting too many of our young women and girls. The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center has done just that.” Bonnie Clairmont, Victim Advocacy Program Specialist at the Tribal Law and Policy Center.