American Indian and Alaska Native individuals are among the most vulnerable to crime and violence in the United States. In their lifetimes, more than 8 of every 10 (84.3% women, 81.6% men) will experience violence such as physical or psychological abuse by an intimate partner and sexual violence. What’s more, many of these and other crimes, such as stalking and human trafficking, go unreported, and hundreds of murders or missing person cases are unresolved.
Addressing crime victimization is challenging. Despite having disproportionately fewer resources for victim services, American Indian and Alaska Native communities are strong and resilient, offering many cultural healing services to crime survivors. Bringing a rich culture and strong connection to each other and the land, tribal communities are addressing the many challenges connected with crime victimization.
With a focus on partnering with tribal communities to support survivors of crime, Booz Allen was just awarded a 5-year contract to work with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Hear Booz Allen Senior Associate Susannah Numa and Principal Steven Parent talk about the Tribal Victim Services Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Program (Tribal CTAP), what Booz Allen will contribute to this work, and what makes this new program so unique.