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Project Beacon

American Indian Center Chicago Native American Indigenous Project Beacon
Project Beacon


Project Beacon is a holistic approach to serve Native American victims and survivors of sex trafficking.  We offer free, safe, confidential culturally-enriched educational and counseling services. With our nearly two dozen nonprofit partners including the American Indian Health Service of Chicago and California Indian Manpower Consortium, we also coordinate:

  • GED classes

  • Drug and alcohol counseling

  • Food vouchers

  • Employment training and opportunities; job placement

  • Health care & mental health counseling

  • Housing referrals

  • HIV testing

  • Access to legal support that can lead to expunged criminal records

  • Tattoo (trafficker branding) and scar cover ups

  • Traditional medicine, sweats and healing ceremonies

  • Breaking the Silence, A learning and healing circle using the medicine wheel

  • Two spirit/LGBTQ linkages

  • Transportation provided


Kandi Fowler, Eastern Band Cherokee & Oneida, Program Manager
773-275-5871 | 312-330-5159 (cell) | | Profile

Shaan Souliere, Anishinaabe Nation, Project Beacon Intake Case Manager
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Project Goals

Our Goals

  • Provide support services and legal aid to Native victims of trafficking in Chicagoland area and Midwest

  • Provide holistic, culturally-informed healing services to victims and survivors of sex trafficking through AIC, Project Beacon

  • Collaborate with local, state and regional service providers to increase awareness of trafficked Native victims and make referrals through our comprehensive network

  • Training on issues relating to sex and human trafficking and cultural awareness

  • Outreach and work with client’s tribal communities and reservations of origin to ensure safe and healthy return for those clients

Healing Program

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence is a healing group that meets every Wednesday for those affected by sex trafficking, including those who have been affected by various other traumas. All who seek to heal are welcome. Breaking the Silence aims to help participants discover and understand their personal stories of survival in a group setting. The group is led by trained facilitators and an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe Nation who received her training at the Garden River First Nation Dan Pine Healing Lodge.

Discussions are based on the teachings of the medicine wheel and include traditional health. This circle is designed to create a safe space for survivors to take the first step on the path to healing.

Partner Organizations

Partner Organizations

These are just a few of our Partner Organizations, that we can provide you assistance with:

Anti-Trafficking Legal Services Center for the Human Rights of Children of Loyola University

Swedish Covenant Physical and Mental Health Service

American Indian Health Services of Chicago

Lineage Assistance (Finding Native American Roots, etc.)

(College) American Indian Fund

California Indian Manpower Consortium Inc.

St. Kateri Center of Chicago

Assistance for youth being stalked by predators…

(Chicago Public Schools) Title 6.

Employment and GED Service Referral

CPTIC-Cook County Narcotics Prosecutions Bureau – Alternative Prosecution and Sentencing Unit- Diversion Court

Cook County, Division 5/8 THRIVE Program

Salvation Army, Stop-It

Naomi’s House


Selah Freedom

The Dream Catcher foundation


Center on Halsted -Designed to advance Chicago’s LGBTQ & allied community.

Haymarket Center

A Safe Haven

House of good shepherds

Between Friends


Madonna House

The Crib (Youth Shelter)

Chicago Recovery Alliance

Sacred Transformations, transforming past scars, burns, track marks, branding and gang signs into new meaning and healing for those who carry these reminders of past trauma and pain.

Office for Victims of Crime


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