Last week we talked with Willamette University’s Gwynne Skinner about a new report (pdf) on Native Americans and human trafficking in Oregon. One of findings that emerged from the report was that human trafficking, domestic violence and child abuse are all correlated with what’s known as inter-generational trauma.
Jeri Williams knows about these issues firsthand. She’s a member of the Klamath tribe and is a survivor of human trafficking. Williams has made it part of her life’s work to help others overcome the challenges she has faced. In her day job, she’s a program manager for the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. But on her own time she works with a variety of non-profits and government agencies on issues facing Native Americans — from human trafficking to violence experienced by native children in various settings.
She’s testifying next week before U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. We’ll find out more about her personal story and the work of the task force, and get a preview of her testimony.
- Jeri Williams: Native American activist; human trafficking survivor; program manager for Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement