Trafficking in Indian Country: A conversation with Native Americans at Brown Alumni

"Trafficking in Indian Country: A conversation with Native Americans at Brown Alumni"

Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Urban Environmental Lab, Room 106

Join NAB Alumni Dr. Makini Chisolm-Straker '05 MD '09 (Mohawk) and Judge Erin Shanley '02 (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) as they discuss the past and present state of human trafficking in Native American communities and reflect on how they initially pursued their passions for protecting and representing the rights of Native peoples during their time at Brown. The goal of the conversation is to offer NAB undergraduates, and others in the Brown community, the opportunity to explore human trafficking and violence against Native Americans as a complex social and public health issue rooted in the colonization and dispossession of Indigenous homelands. Dr. Chisolm-Straker and Judge Shanley will take questions from attendees and offer insight on how students can get involved and contribute to combating this critical contemporary issue for tribal communities both urban and rural.

Dr. Chisolm-Straker, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and a co-founder of HEAL Trafficking, Inc. Interested in “invisible” populations, since 2005 Dr. Chisolm-Straker has been conducting original research at the intersection of health and human trafficking in the US; educating healthcare providers on how to identify and treat this patient population; and training advocates, the Department of Health and Human Services, and not-for-profit organizations on human trafficking and the latest research in the field. Her recent Springer textbook, "Human Trafficking Is a Public Health Issue: A Paradigm Expansion in the United States", examines the public health dimensions of labor and sex trafficking in the United States, the scope of the centuries-long problem, and possibilities for solutions.

Ms. Shanley, JD is an Associate Chief Judge for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and a licensed attorney in the State and U.S. District Courts in Montana and North Dakota. She also served as the Judicial Administrator for the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission. Working for the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission provided Ms. Shanley with an opportunity to enhance cooperation and coordination between state and tribal officials in the area of justice, law enforcement, and public safety. Ms. Shanley has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Sitting Bull College and United Tribes Technical College, teaching classes in Federal Indian Law, Trial Techniques, Business Law and Criminal Justice Ethics. Most recently, she contributed to Dr. Chisolm-Straker's recent publication, co-authoring the chapter, "Sex Trafficking in Indian Country."