Minnesota Coalitions Statement on Sex Trafficking
As the five statewide coalitions that work on crime victim issues in Minnesota, we have affirmatively come together to coordinate our work on the sexual exploitation of minors and adults. Our coalitions are:
Our coalitions each work on sexual exploitation issues — sexual exploitation of minors and adults. While each of us has unique ways that we address sex trafficking and have special areas of focus, we believe that it is beneficial for us to do this coalition work in a coordinated fashion. We as Coalitions are working together to provide a strong network of support to sustain the effort to address sex trafficking in the state of Minnesota.
What does this mean? We will be coordinating the work between and amongst our Coalitions. We will each continue to have specific areas of expertise and areas where we focus our work.
Jointly as Coalitions we will:
- Convene our member programs who are working specifically on sex trafficking issues in order to provide more direct support and assistance to their work.
- Have common website information. Each of our websites will feature the same sex trafficking page that provides information and resources.
- Coordinate our public awareness and public policy work as it relates to sex trafficking.
- Coordinate our responses to requests for training and technical assistance in order to maximize our resources and provide the best assistance possible.
We will work to maintain a sustainable focus and a strong network around sexual exploitation issues. We are excited to be coordinating our work on sex trafficking and look forward to furthering our work with all of our member programs and with our community partners. For more information about this joint coalition work, please contact any one of our Coalitions.
The Sacred Hoop Coalition views sex trafficking as violence against women. Native women are disproportionately represented as being victimized by this crime. As a coalition we are committed to “building the capacity of survivors, advocates, Native women’s organizations, victim service providers and programs to end violence against Native women, including victims of sex trafficking.”
Currently as a coalition, we are actively working towards ending sex trafficking of Native women by:
- Providing statewide education and training on sex trafficking specific to Native American women and their communities;
- Partnering with local organizations, both tribal and non-tribal, to work on issues victims face regarding sex trafficking;
- Locating statewide sex trafficking resources and collaborating locally to create resources for our membership;
- Bringing awareness to the violence that trafficking brings to our Native sisters and ensure that their voices are leading our work.
It is our goal to bring healing to our Native sisters and stand arm and arm against the violence being perpetrated against them and stop sex trafficking within our tribal communities both on and off the reservation.
– Alyxis Feltus, The Sacred Hoop Coalition
– Nicole Mathews, MN Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition
– Donna Dunn, MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault
– Liz Richards, MN Coalition for Battered Women
– Deb Jessen, Minnesota Alliance on Crime
The Sacred Hoop Coalition is supported by Grant No. 2016-IW-AX-0014 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Dept. of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.