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Through a case study review, participants will gain an understanding of the complexities in jurisdiction, identification, and prosecution of human trafficking cases within tribal communities.

Presented by Troy R. Morley and Pauletta Red Willow
Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

Troy R. Morley, Assistant U.S. Attorney & Tribal Liaison, District of South Dakota Troy is the Tribal Liaison for the District of South Dakota. Troy joined the US Attorney’s office in 2012 and has been working in Indian Country since joining the office. Troy was involved in the formation of a working group to study reentry alternatives with the States of North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Troy also worked on a reentry project with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, as well as worked with Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribe in implementing a pilot program to exercise the special domestic violence jurisdiction. Troy completed his undergraduate studies at UNLV and received his law degree with distinction from the University of North Dakota. In addition to his experience in private practice before joining the US Attorney’s office, Troy previously served as Special Judge to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, where he is an enrolled member. He is also a veteran of the United States Navy and was a member of the Commission to Study Racial and Ethnic Bias in the North Dakota Court System.

Pauletta Red Willow, Founder and Director, Maggie’s House Pauletta is a dedicated advocate for abused, neglected, trafficked, runaway, and homeless youth. With more than 24 years’ experience as a child advocate, Ms. Red Willow is the founder of the transitional living program at Maggie’s House and its Director since 2008.

Ms. Red Willow has served as the Coordinator for Youthworks, North Dakota’s Youth Cultural Achievement Program, providing monthly classes in cultural education, organizing national, state, tribal, and federal trainings in juvenile diversion and justice, and coordinating human trafficking multi-disciplinary team building.

In addition to her time at Youthworks, Ms. Red Willow served youth in several capacities ranging from program development for emergency shelters to health care services. She is a certified subject matter expert for the Family and Youth Services Bureau Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center and one of their Region 8 representatives for the National Runaway and Homeless Youth Board serving her third term. Ms. Red Willow is also certified by the FBI in their Interview and Interrogations and Crimes Against Children school and an Oglala Lakota Court Appointed Services Advocate. Ms. Red Willow received her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary science from Oglala Lakota College. As a member of the Lakota tribe, Ms. Red Willow was born and raised on Lakota land in South Dakota, is a veteran and a passionate child activist.