Women's Human Rights Speaker Series: Spotlight on Trafficking of Native American Women and Girls

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June 10, 2008
Noon to 1 p.m. | Briggs and Morgan, Minneapolis

Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association and The Advocates for Human Rights co-present the Women's Human Rights Speaker Series*. This month's presentation on June 10 will focus on the trafficking of Native American Women and Girls.

Trafficking into sexual slavery is a growing problem in American Indian communities. Anecdotal evidence indicates that Indian girls as young as 11 are being trafficked into prostitution. It is a revenue stream for organized crime and gangs, and a human rights violation for these victims. A disproportionate number of Indian girls are being victimized.

Law enforcement, the judicial system, government, tribes, the funding community, social service providers, faith-based organizations and schools must all work holistically to raise awareness, educate communities and provide assistance for victims. This presentation will provide an overview of sex trafficking and explore what is taking place in Minnesota, with particular focus on the state's American Indian communities. 

About the Speaker

Suzanne Koepplinger, M.A., is the executive director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center. Her background involves international project development and management, communications, domestic violence advocacy, and fundraising. She also serves on the State of Minnesota Children's Justice Initiative/Alcohol and Other Drugs (CJI/AOD) Core Team, Metro Urban Indian Directors (MUID) Group, MACC Alliance of Connected Communities Board of Directors, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way Council of Agency Executives executive committee. Civic/volunteer activities include serving on the Steering Committee for the Sheila Wellstone Institute, on the FBI Civil Rights Advisory Group, and as international team leader for Global Citizens Network, bringing volunteers to indigenous communities around the globe. Koepplinger is of Canadian Mohawk and European ancestry, holds a Masters degree in the Art of Leadership from Augsburg College, and is a certified substance abuse prevention specialist.

Seating for this event has reached full capacity. To inquire about future events, please contact Mary Hunt at The Advocates by e-mail or at 612.341.3302, ext. 107. For more information about The Advocates for Human Rights, visit www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org.

*Bi-monthly series; second Tuesday of alternating months.