Human Trafficking in USA: Sarah Deer, Human Trafficking, Tribal Law, and Native Women

Join us February 27, 2014 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm for a TEDx style event discussing the complexities and nuances of human trafficking in the United States. Learn about the extent and scope of the human trafficking happening right here in our own backyards, the warning signs, what you can do to help. Coffee and light refreshments available during event, and cocktail hour with speakers follows event for all attendees. TICKETS REQUIRED.

Introducing Speaker: Sarah Deer

A member of  the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Sarah Deer focuses her legal work on violent crime on Indian reservations. She has co-authored two textbooks on tribal law and several academic articles on Native American women, and will be speaking at the conference about the trafficking of native women, and resulting legal and jurisdictional issues native women face when attempting to seek justice. To learn more about her work, read her article at Indian Country Today Media Network, referencing an Amnesty International Report, Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence, in which she is frequently cited.

In 2013, Sarah Deer was named chair of a U.S. Department of Justice federal advisory committee designed to develop protocol for responding to sexual assault in tribal communities. She was appointed chair of the Office for Victims of Crime’s “National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (AI/AN SANE-SART) Initiative.” The goals of the committee are to “make recommendations to the Department of Justice for improving response to rape in tribal communities,” Deer said. “I hope that our recommendations will help shape policy for years to come.”

We are excited and honored to welcome her to the speaker series on Trafficking in the United States. Her experience and outspoken advocacy as an Indigenous Feminist will elevate the conversation about human trafficking, and the necessary sensitivity and awareness we all must bring with us to the table when discussing human trafficking and the various nuances in experiences of the survivors.

To learn more about Sarah Deer, visit her faculty biography page at William Mitchell College of Law.



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