MUIHC has been awarded a 3-year federal grant totaling $450,000 to address human sex trafficking for American Indians living in Missoula County, Montana.

The Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice-funded Missoula Beacon project is a 3-year project aimed at enhancing the quality and quantity of services available to assist urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) survivors of sex trafficking. MUIHC will work in partnership with multiple support service organizations throughout Missoula by creating a network of providers and services that are AIAN- specific and trauma-informed.

MUIHC aims to increase its ability to respond to the Missoula AIAN community’s unmet needs regarding sex trafficking by building stronger outreach, training, and peer support mechanisms across the Missoula community, as well as building a network of support service organizations that are capable of providing culturally-specific care to AIANs with lived sex trafficking experience. AIAN women and girls make up just 3.3% of the Montana population, yet they account for 30-40% of human and sex trafficking victims in the state. These grant funds will enable MUIHC to develop critical case management services for AIAN survivors, educate the Missoula community and key resource providers to develop a response to survivors, increase the quality and breadth of available services to survivors, and create a sustainable safety net of support services for survivors.

You can read more about MUIHC’s recent grant funding at the Missoulian article below: