Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition with
Mille Lacs Band Family Violence Prevention Program welcomes you to:
The 7th Annual RESTORING THE SACRED TRAILS OF OUR GRANDMOTHERS:
SEEKING SOLUTIONS TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Registration Deadline April 8, 2013
For Registration, Scholarship, or Vendor Forms please contact Cristine Davidson at
or the MIWSAC office 651-646-4800 or 1-877-995-4800
~~~2013 MIWSAC Dates to Remember~~~
*The Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition can provide limited scholarships to Members to cover mileage and lodging to participate in coalition meetings. Mileage is reimbursed at a rate of $.50 per mile. Expense forms for reimbursement will be available at the meeting. We are asking members to ask their organization to help cover reimbursement costs as MIWSAC funds are very limited.
For immediate release • October 24, 2011
Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR FULL GARDEN OF TRUTH REPORT PDF
WHAT: Public release of the ground-breaking report
Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota.
Based on personal interviews and stories of 105 Native women in the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Bemidji, this first- ever study of prostitution and trafficking of Native women in Minnesota will be released by the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) and Prostitution Research & Education. The report was produced with generous support from the Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, and Tides Foundation.
WHEN: Thursday, October 27
Video message from US Senator Al Franken
of Truth is the first study detailing the personal experiences of
Native women who have been prostituted and trafficked in Minnesota.
Following on the 2009 report, Shattered Hearts: The Commercial Sexual
Exploitation of American Indian Women and Girls in Minnesota by the
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, and the 2008 Sex Trafficking
Needs Assessment for the State of Minnesota by Advocates for Human
Rights, the new Garden of Truth study provides powerful personal
accounts of violence, poverty, survival, and strength by Native women
themselves. The 105 women interviewed for the report describe extreme
and frequent violence including child sexual abuse, rape, beatings, and
traumatic brain injuries, with a majority experiencing symptoms of
PTSD. 98% of the women have been homeless and 92% want to escape
prostitution but believe they have no other options. The study authors
stress that these women's strengths as well as their vulnerabilities
must be seen in the context of a history of systematic harm to Native
people, racism, poverty, and a lack of housing, healthcare, job, and
MEDIA VISUALS: On display at the event will be the Honoring Survivors Shawls, colorful hand-made shawls created to honor all generations of survivors of sexual violence. Also present will be drummers and singers.
About the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC)
MIWSAC is a statewide tribal coalition of individuals and organizations working to prevent and end sexual violence against Native women. MIWSAC was created in 2001 through funding from the US Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women, and is one of 22 tribal coalitions addressing gender violence in Native communities. www.miwsac.org.
Garden of Truth Press Conference Call-in instructions
To participate in the 2:00 pm media conference via phone, dial:
Toll free: 800.566.2245
Toll call: 913.312.9372
Enter the following number when prompted: 035177#
If you experience any difficulties with the call-in procedure, please contact Lonna Hunter at 651.646.4800 or 651.442.3253
For further information about any gathering, please contact: