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JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER

    January is National Stalking Awareness, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month

    NIWRC recognizes, centers and uplifts the tireless work of Native advocates and programs in Indian Country and Hawaii as they shine a light on trafficking and stalking this January as National Stalking Awareness, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month. Around the world, Indigenous people are at a higher risk of human trafficking, sex trafficking and labor trafficking than other populations. Indigenous groups in the U.S. - including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians - are especially at risk. American Indians and Alaska Natives are also disproportionately affected by stalking, where nearly half of Native women and one in 10 Native men have experienced stalking. Read NIWRC's awareness statement to learn more and find resources on these issues.

     

    NIWRC Virtual Specialty Institute Starts Next Week - Register Now!

    Victims/survivors of domestic violence with mental health issues face significant safety and confidentiality challenges. Domestic violence can have a profound negative impact on a persons’ mental well-being, which can lead to depression, anxiety and even suicide. Domestic violence survivors are often reluctant to reach out for help out of fear of the stigma attached to individuals that have suffered abuse, being judged, or not being believed. People with pre-existing mental health issues are highly vulnerable and often targeted for abuse, and are even more likely to be reluctant to seek help. The purpose of this NIWRC Specialty Institute, January 12-14, 2021, is to advance the discussion in our communities to improve responses to domestic violence and mental health concerns. Registration is limited to 100 participants! View the training agenda and register here.

     

    StrongHearts Native Helpline Receives 10,000 Calls

    StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) announced 10,000 callers have now reached out to the helpline for safe, confidential support and resources for domestic, dating and sexual violence. “This is an important milestone in our work to support victim-survivors seeking healing,” said StrongHearts Director Lori Jump (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians). Link to article.

     

    Upcoming Webinar - Tech Safety in Indian Country for Survivors

    On Tuesday, January 5, at 9 a.m. MST, the Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains will be offering a webinar titled ‘Tech Safety in Indian Country for Survivors’. This webinar is a great opportunity for advocates to learn about or refresh their safety tips, information and privacy skills, and strategies for survivors on the use of technology. The first hour of the webinar will focus on how to keep survivors safe in the digital age, then the second hour will highlight online safety and privacy for advocates and working remotely. Register here.

     

    Training - Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) in Indian Country

    Organized by the National Indian Country Training Initiative, this webinar on Tuesday, January 19, at 3 p.m. EST, will discuss the implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) by eligible federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes. The presentation will highlight the challenges encountered by Tribes developing their own sex offender registration programs and the cooperative work of Tribal, State and Federal stakeholders to address these challenges in order to expand and enhance nationwide safety efforts. Faculty for this webinar is Marnie Dollinger, Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. This webinar is being offered as part of a multi-agency effort focused on the issue of missing or murdered indigenous persons. The registration deadline for this webinar is January 13. Sign up here.

    Inviting Applications for Legacy Leaders and Future Legacy Leaders

    Restoring the balance of the world during a pandemic requires transformative solutions that center Indigenous Peoples and our ancestral knowledge. The United States and Canada have long histories of Indigenous erasure, including the attempted destruction of Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being. Yet, we are witnessing a resurgence of our ways across the Indigenous world as younger generations seek out traditional knowledge and wisdom for contemporary challenges. Consider applying for the Spirit Aligned Leadership Intergenerational Indigenous Women's Fellowship. Here’s how the fellowship is designed: eight (8) intergenerational partnerships consisting of a Legacy Leader and Future Legacy Leader complete one application to complete a knowledge transfer project together over one year.

    • Age range for a Legacy Leader is 65+, Legacy Leader receives $75,000
    • Age range for a Future Legacy Leader is 18-40 years, Future Legacy Leader receives $45,000
    • Project funding up to $25,000

    The application deadline for the Intergenerational Fellowship is February 1, 2021. Apply now or learn more at spiritaligned.org.

     

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