Human Trafficking in Indian Country Community Conference

Hosted by The Puyallup Tribe of indians

Where: Emerald Queen Casino Event Tent, 2024 E 29th St, Tacoma, WA 98404

When: May 6th-8th, 2019 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Registration: 8:00 AM

Opening ceremony: 8:30 AM

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Missing and murdered relatives day of awareness

When: May 5th, 3:00pm

Where: Emerald Queen Casino Event Tent, 2024 E 29th St, Tacoma, WA 98404

We invite you to join us on Sunday May 5th, the Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Americans, as we gather to remember our missing and murdered indigenous relatives. This will be a community gathering to honor the memory of our loved ones who have gone missing or been murdered and the families and community they have left behind.  

Event begins at 6:00. Dinner will be served at 4:00 and you may attend this event separate from the official conference. This is a free, family-friendly community event. Please wear red in remembrance.

Human Trafficking in Indian Country

Join us from May 6th-8th 2019.

As the awareness of human trafficking grows, there is a demand for diverse and culturally specific training and development of a multi-disciplinary team approach to recognize and respond to Human Trafficking in Indian Country, as well as supporting those affected by this horrific crime. The Puyallup Tribe will be hosting this event for professionals who currently work with victims of crime and those who may come into contact with trafficking victims. The conference will provide insightful training across a wide range of topics in order to meet the needs of a community response to trafficking, relevant to Tribal leaders, Tribal service providers, social workers, advocates, first responders, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, medical providers, casino staff and community members.

Day one Topics

Day one will be an in-depth look into human trafficking in Indian Country. You will learn how to recognize human trafficking and why Native people are at a heightened risk for exploitation through both sex and labor trafficking. We will explore historical risk factors and how past trauma increases vulnerabilities. You will be educated and inspired by stories of resilience and healing as well as ways to make a difference in the lives of victims and survivors of human trafficking. We will incorporate culture and self-care throughout the entire conference.

Topics include:

  • Human Trafficking Overview: Jeri Moomaw, Innovations HTC and Roxanne White, Innovations HTC

  • Intergenerational Trauma: Marissa Perez, Innovations HTC  

  • Human Trafficking in Tribal Casinos: Trish Martinez, San Diego Human Trafficking Advisory Council

  • Labor Trafficking: Megan Bruneau, SPD

  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Noel Gomez, OPS

  • MMIW and the Overlap with Trafficking: Carolyn DeFord, Puyallup Tribe Community Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, and Tyesha Woods, AMBER Alert in Indian Country

Day Two Topics

On Day Two, we will dive into the effects of trafficking on both communities and individuals. This will include the overlap between Trafficking and MMIW, the landscape of gangs and trafficking, and issues unique to the Indigenous population such as jurisdictional barriers to prosecution. We will also discuss working with victims, the opioid epidemic, and ways to be part of the solution, making Indian Country inhospitable to trafficking.

Topics Include:

  • Opiate Epidemic in Indian Country and the Link to Trafficking: Ye-Ting Woo and Kate Crisham, US District Attorneys

  • Sex Trafficking and Gangs: Gabe Morales, Criminal Justice Solutions 

  • Trauma Impacts: Mind, Body, and Spirit: Arlene Red Elk, Mother Nation

  • Allyship: Working as a Non-Native in Indian Country: Judy Johnston, Cowlitz Pathways to Healing

  • Social Media and Trafficking: Trish Martinez, San Diego Human Trafficking Advisory Council

  • Using Technology to Combat Sex Buying: Robert Beiser, Seattle Against Slavery

Day Three Topics

Day Three we will focus on an effective response to human trafficking in Indian Country. We will hear from experts in developing Multi-Disciplinary Teams, ways to provide a culturally and trauma informed response, and ways to collaborate within community-wide response protocols. We will learn about working with vulnerable populations, and best practices when working with and interacting with potential victims.

Topics Include:

  • Interviewing and Working with Sex Trafficking Victims: FBI/ICE/DHS Partner Agents

  • Working with Two-Spirit Victims: Erik Gray, REST/QUEE

  • Culturally Informed Response to Trauma: Laura BlueHorse-Swift, Puyallup Tribe and Norine Hill, Mother Nation

  • Multidisciplinary Team Response: Laura BlueHorse-Swift, Puyallup Tribe

  • Best Practices for Advocates: Effective Engagement: Jeri Moomaw, Innovations HTC 

  • Response and Screening Protocols: Jeri Moomaw, Innovations HTC and Wendy Barnes, Dignity Health

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tacoma Downtown

2102 S C St, Tacoma, WA 98402 • (253) 272-2434

Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel

2611 East E Street, Tacoma, WA 98421•(253) 272-7737


What’s included with registration?

You will be provided with a breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks on all 3 days of the conference.

You will be provided resources and top-notch training and networking opportunities.

Registration Cost before April 20, 2019: $200

Registration Cost between April 20 - May 5, 2019: $250

Very limited scholarships are available based on need and approval of conference planning committee, please use the form below to submit request.

Puyallup and Nisqually Tribal Employees need to register below but are not required to pay fee.

In addition to the form, please register at this link:

(Both are required to complete registration process).

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Please send us a message if there are any other details you need to clarify, such as hotel availability, scholarship requests, disability accommodations, etc. We look forward to seeing you there!

For conference questions, please contact Chester Earl at 253-307-3659 or