August 25, 2014

Tester to Hold Listening Session on Human Trafficking in Indian Country

U.S. SENATE – On Thursday, August 28 at 2:00 PM (MDT), Senator Tester (D-MT) will hold a Listening Session on rising concerns over human trafficking in Indian Country, especially in the booming oil region known as the Bakken, which covers parts of North Dakota and Montana.
According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, human trafficking is defined as the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, as well as any commercial sex act performed by a person under 18 years of age.
Details on Tester’s listening session are as follows:
WHAT:       Listening Session on human trafficking in Indian Country – Open to public
WHEN:       2:00 – 4:00 PM, Thursday, August 28, 2014
WHERE:     Greet the Dawn Auditorium, Fort Peck Community College, 605 Indian Avenue, Poplar, Montana
Partial List of Participants
Mr. A.T. “Rusty” Stafne, Chairman, Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes
Mr. Tex Hall, Chairman, The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation
Mr. Mike Cotter, U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana
Mr. Jason Smith, Montana State Director of Indian Affairs
Mr. Freedom Crawford, Roosevelt County Sheriff
Ms. Toni Alvernaz, Executive Director at Montana Native Women’s Coalition
Paulette Steeves, Faculty, Fort Peck Community College
Marilyn Daumiller, Annie Casey Foundation
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