Human Trafficking Leadership Academy: Preventing Trafficking among Native Youth
The Human Trafficking Leadership Academy will work to develop and expand survivor-informed services while also providing leadership development opportunities to survivor leaders and ally professionals. Fellows will work collaboratively to provide substantive recommendations that will inform research, policies, and programs that improve awareness, understanding, and assistance to survivors of human trafficking or those at risk of human trafficking.
The project question for the Class 5 Fellows will be, "How can culture be a protective factor in preventing trafficking among Native youth?".
Fellows will be asked to:
- Participate in 2 full-day seminars once per month for 6 months
- Collaborate virtually between each seminar to develop recommendations for federal stakeholders
- Learn from other fellows, additional subject matter experts, and community leaders
- Apply new tools and resources to build their leadership skills
- Expand their professional network to include Native and non-Native individuals supporting survivors of human trafficking in indigenous communities
- Present the team's recommendations to federal stakeholders in Washington, D.C.
Applicants must have:
- Eligibility to work in the United States
- A minimum of 3–4 years of professional and/or lived experience in a career that enables them to contribute to the project question
- A span of 3–5 years since trafficking victimization, if the individual identifies as a survivor or identifies as having lived experience with human trafficking
- The ability to self-identify any potential challenges and triggers that may occur when working as a fellow and the ability to develop and maintain effective self-care strategies
- The ability to contribute and collaborate within a group setting, both in person and virtually
Priority is given to those who identify as Native ("Native" is used to describe specific Native communities, such as American Indian, Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, or Native Hawaiian, and other indigenous groups). Six positions are specifically prioritized for survivors of human trafficking who do not receive federal or state funding for their work. The remaining positions will be dedicated to leaders in combating human trafficking and ally professionals who serve at-risk youth in Indigenous populations.
Fellows will receive necessary travel expenses, including airfare, lodging, ground transportation, and meals. Fellows are eligible for a monthly stipend of $1,000.
Links to application materials are available on the program website when applications are being accepted.
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