Human Trafficking in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
The Human Trafficking in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities resource, comprised of two informational videos and a discussion guide, includes information for law enforcement looking to gain a better understanding of human trafficking and how it impacts tribal communities. In “Part One - Gaining Awareness,” viewers learn about the definition of human trafficking; risk factors for members of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities; and indicators that may be encountered by first responders in calls for service. In “Part Two - Taking Action,” viewers learn about basic elements of human trafficking investigations; barriers to victim participation in investigations and prosecutions; and how to build a community-based anti-human trafficking network.
Target Audience: Tribal Police Agencies and Other Law Enforcement Working in AI/AN Communities.
Overall Objective: To improve law enforcement’s knowledge about human trafficking in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities so that law enforcement can better identify and serve victims and survivors of human trafficking from AI/AN communities.
Project Funding Provided By: The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).
Includes: A discussion guide and two-part video that provides law enforcement with a better understanding of human trafficking and its impact on tribal communities.
The Human Trafficking in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities recorded informational sessions and this accompanying guide are supported by cooperative agreement #2017-VT-BX-K101 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Special Agent in Charge, Commander
Office of New Mexico Attorney General, the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), and Human Trafficking Task Forces
Anthony M. Maez is a certified and commissioned Special Agent in Charge with the Office of New Mexico Attorney General, and the Commander of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), and Human Trafficking Task Forces. Prior to starting his career with the Attorney General, he was with the Albuquerque Police Department for over 20 years. Anthony has been in law enforcement in the State of New Mexico for over 33 years.
Anthony is a national trainer on ICAC, Violent Crime, Stalking, and Human Trafficking investigations; he has written several investigative guides and recorded several trainings for law enforcement and prosecutors in these subjects. He also trains and consults nationally and internationally through the Innocent Justice Foundation, Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundational Training (SHIFT) on vicarious trauma and wellness for all professionals in the criminal justice field.
Anthony is recognized as a court certified expert witness in Human Trafficking.
Anthony co-chairs the ICAC National Public Awareness Working Group.
Anthony is Associate Faculty for the College of Business and College of Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix and visiting faculty for the University of New Mexico, School of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University, and a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University.
Deputy Director of Special Prosecutions
New Mexico Office of the Attorney General
Brittany DuChaussee is the Deputy Director of Special Prosecutions at the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. In this position, DuChaussee prosecutes crimes against children including physical and sexual abuse, labor trafficking, sex trafficking and internet crimes against children. In 2019, she secured the first labor trafficking conviction in New Mexico since the adoption of a human trafficking statute in 2008. In 2018, DuChaussee received the Justice Pamela B. Minzer Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award for her work prosecuting cases which protect the most vulnerable populations in her community. Since 2014, DuChaussee has spent her career concentrating on violent crimes against women and children both, at the Office of the Attorney General and at the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.