January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month.
Slavery continues to exist through power and control over a person’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Human trafficking can happen to anyone, at any time. Within our tribal communities, native women, transwomen, and girls are victimized by human trafficking at rates higher than that of the general population due to factors that include (but are not limited to) poverty or lack of access to work or services on or near reservations. Border towns, are the original man camps that trafficking happens in. Trafficking is often an invisible crime that keeps victims from coming forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers (family members/ stranger/boyfriends), shame and/or fear of law enforcement.
In 2018, the Indian Urban Health Institute released a report of Albuquerque, NM having the second highest number of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Gallup, NM has one of the sixth bordertown of MMIW. For centuries, and to this day, we continue to see native people going missing or murdered through the development of extractive industries in our tribal communities. We see this happening more than ever in New Mexico to North Dakota, and internationally.
As the crisis and urge continues, we must also recognize how our black and brown sisters in the United States are also missing at a very high rate.
Additionally, January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking often predicts and/or co-occurs with sexual and domestic violence. We recognize the long history of colonial violence and systematic oppression that lays the foundation for the disproportionate rates of violence against Native Women and children. No matter where you are, or where you come from, everyone has the inherent right to be and feel safe in their own home, community, and on their territory.
Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
(CSVANW) this month as we take a stand and join the movement against trafficking and stalking in our tribal communities. Follow us as we support national efforts and share information through social media to bring awareness to the underground crime of human trafficking and the crime of stalking that affects our tribes, pueblos, and nations.
Human trafficking is a conversation we all need to discuss in our communities. Join the conversation! Download and share the graphics below to help spread awareness on human trafficking and stalking.
CSVANW Membership Meeting
December 13, 2019
Our CSVANW members and members of our CSVANW board of directors gathered together for our last Quarterly Member Meeting of 2019 on December 13, 2019 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Together, we braided a collective of thoughts, intentions and history as we celebrated our people and communities. We appreciate each and every one of you for joining us in the space we created, together, for us to give updates, network, eat, and play games.
CSVANW at SWAIA's 2019 Winter Indian Market
December 14 & 15, 2019
CSVANW was set up at the 2019 Winter Indian Market in Santa Fe, NM, collecting book donations for our annual Little One Holiday Book Drive. Thank you to the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) for partnering with us and giving us space.
Over 200 Books Donated for CSVANW's Annual Little One Holiday Book Drive
Supporting relatives gave the gift of reading this past holiday season during our Little One Holiday Book Drive. We collected over 200 books for our Native youth and their family who spent their holidays in domestic violence shelters. Thank you to all our relatives who supported and donated. Books were shipped to the following shelters:
- Battered Families Shelter in Gallup, NM;
- Roberta’s Place in Grants, NM;
- Women of Eagle’s Next Shelter in St. Paul, MN;
- Pueblo of Laguna Shelter in Laguna, NM;
- New Beginning Shelter in Zuni, NM;
- TREE House in Shiprock, NM; and
- Strong Hearted Women’s Shelter in Valley Center, CA.
Follow us on social media to stay updated when CSVANW is in the community.
CSVANW Executive Director
Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
(CSVANW) seeks a visionary Executive Director to lead the organization in building and strengthening social, political, and economic environments in which violence against Native American women no longer exists. This is an exciting opportunity to systemically address root causes of violence (i.e. racism, sexism, classism, and other oppressions) against vulnerable Native people and work with an incredible team and membership to strengthen the movement and mobilize communities towards healthier families and healthier communities.
Submit your cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and writing sample (maximum length one page) that you believe best expresses your commitment and passion for this position to: CSVANW Search Committee at
If you have questions about the position please contact
Final candidates may be asked to submit additional writing samples and documents.
Application deadline is December 20th by 5:00 pm.
Any applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants invited to an initial interview will be expected to participate either in-person or online video (Zoom, Gotomeeting).
Estimated start date for the Executive Director is late January/early February 2020.
New Mexico Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force - Update
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force held its second convening on Thursday, December 12
, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Gallup, NM. The first part of the meeting was a closed working session. The discussion among task force members focused on defining the goals and objectives of our work and the development of subcommittees...
TO OUR CHANGE MAKERS
December 2019 DONORS
Sage Nah Mabin
Kimm De La Cruz
Christy Roberts Berkowitz
Harvey, Debra, Samantha, and Erica Daniels
Rene Sandoval Jr
Kayla Hurt Bassetti
Bruna Socaia Silva Francisco
Sarah & Amanda Antonelli
Rebecca W Strum
Healthy Relationships Project Train the Trainer
Save the Dates: February 11-12, 2019
Registration will be made soon.
CSVANW is sponsoring a two-day Healthy Relationships Project Training of Trainers training which will teach attendees comprehensive child sexual abuse prevention skills and knowledge. In addition, attendees will learn how to implement all aspects of Care for Kids© and SAFE-T (Sexual Abuse Free Environment for Teens™) with adults in schools through faculty and staff trainings, parents’ and caregivers’ meetings/events, and students through in-classroom instruction.
These curricula are developmentally targeted, research-based, and focus not only on victim prevention, but also perpetration prevention. Children learn thesocial-emotional skills needed to recognize, manage and maintain healthy relationships throughout their lives.
Free to CSVANW members
Enter Promo Code: CSVANWMEMBER
$50 for non-members
7th Annual Tribal Leaders Summit
SAVE THE DATES: April 1 - 2, 2020
Our Annual Tribal Leaders Summit is a free briefing for tribal, state and federal officials and those who work with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The summit also provides educational opportunities for tribal leaders to be updated and briefed about the tribal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and the current jurisdictional challenges faced in New Mexico.
More information will be
4th Annual New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force Conference
January 17, 2020
Date & Time:
Friday, January 17, 2020
8:30 AM- 5:00 PM MST
Registration begins promptly at 8:00 AM
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 8710
Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives Forum #4
Jan 14, 2020
No Dead Natives - Clothing Drive
thru Feb 28, 2020
Save the Date
Listen and Learn Human Trafficking in Indian Country
Jan 15, 2020
"In 6 months you could earn your FREE certificate in Tribal Court Legal Advocacy"
Jan 15, 2020
Course begins Feb 3, 2020
Human Trafficking in La Plata County
2 Trainings Offered
Wed, Jan 15, 2020
Thur, Jan 16, 2020
Fiscal Year 2020 Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Solicitation Updated
New application deadline and revisions made to Section B, Types of Applications:
New application deadline: February 26, 2020
The Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction program encourages collaborations among tribal leadership, courts, prosecutors, attorneys, defense counsel, law enforcement, probation, victim service providers, and other partners to ensure that victims find safety and justice and that non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders in the Indian country of the participating tribe are held accountable.
Eligible applicants are limited to: governments of Indian tribes that have jurisdiction over Indian country.
View all open OVW solicitations
Restoring Ancestral Winds, Inc. is Hiring
Restoring Ancestral Winds, Inc. is currently hiring for a
Community Outreach and Training Specialist
. This is a full time position working with Native American communities in Utah. The full job announcement is listed on their website:
Deadline to apply is
January 17, 2020.
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