First Advisor

Christopher Carey

Date of Award

Spring 5-24-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International & Global Studies: International Development and University Honors


International and Global Studies




Human Trafficking, Trauma Informed Care, Indigenous, United States


Human trafficking is a major issue that every community and nation faces. Within the United States, Indigenous communities are especially at risk of victimization in relation to a history of systemic violence and consequent neglect. Therefore, the need for culturally competent care is crucial. This study seeks to address how culturally sensitive approaches to trauma-informed care can be developed and implemented by various providers to effectively support Native American victims of human trafficking in accessing assistance services. In order to evaluate the problem, a literature review was conducted, paired with qualitative interviews from relevant stakeholders. The findings demonstrated a significant need to both implement trauma informed care (TIC), along with creating streamlined training for providers so that care practices can be effectively utilized in their various fields. Further discussions on barriers to implementation are addressed. Through discussing the discrepancies in care the needs of victims can be better met.