MSUM to host panel discussion May 5 to help eliminate human trafficking
The event is focused around National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day, and will be recognizing American Indian and Alaska Native people who have lost their lives to violence.
MOORHEAD — Minnesota State University Moorhead will be hosting a panel discussion on Friday, May 5 to help eliminate human trafficking and violence against all persons.
The event is focused around National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day, and will be recognizing American Indian and Alaska Native people who have lost their lives to violence, according to a MSUM press release.
The panel discussion will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gaede Stage, 801 13th St. S.
An art unveiling and a meet and greet with artist Laura Youngbird will precede the discussion at 4 p.m. in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Great White Hall, according to the press release.
Native American and Alaska Native women are 25 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other women in the U.S., Youngbird said in the press release.
The panelists will include:
- Ruth Buffalo, former Fargo Native American commissioner and former North Dakota state representative.
- Anne LaFrinier-Ritchie, a Safe Harbor regional navigator for Someplace Safe in west central Minnesota.
- Amanda Straus, a health education and outreach specialist with Planned Parenthood.
- Tracey L. Wilkie, on the board for Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness.
- Lissa Yellowbird-Chase, founder of Sahnish Scouts, an organization for finding justice for missing people and families.
The panel moderator is Dr. Caitlin Johnson, an assistant professor of educational leadership at MSUM.
Free tickets are available at: mnstate.edu/tickets .