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:
Drug and alcohol counseling
Employment training and opportunities; job placement
Health care & mental health counseling
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
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
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.
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
The Dream Catcher foundation
Center on Halsted -Designed to advance Chicago’s LGBTQ & allied community.
A Safe Haven
House of good shepherds
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.
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