AIC's Comprehensive Human Trafficking Services

Project Beacon's Purpose

To provide necessary legal and social services to help heal and enhance the cultural well-being,
physical and mental health, employment opportunities, and educational opportunities of Native
men, women, and children who have been trafficked. To assist in education and outreach of
human trafficking by means of community trainings, events, and outreach. 

Our Goals

  • Provide direct legal services to Native victims of trafficking in Chicago

  • Provide holistic, culturally-informed healing services to victims and survivors of sex trafficking through the American Indian Center of Chicago

  • Collaborate with local victims services providers to increase awareness of trafficking of Native-identified persons and develop a comprehensive referral network

For more information or to request a training, please email Kandi at


Services Provided

  • Provide case management and referrals to medical, mental health counseling, housing, and employment opportunities for men, women, and children who are survivors of human trafficking.

  • Create a space within the American Indian Center that is physically, emotionally, and culturally safe for clients

  • Connect clients to elders who will act as a healing resource

  • Conduct sweats, talking circles, and other survivor-only healing ceremonies

  • Connect with community by assisting with outreach and training

  • Innovative and holistic legal representation that caters to a trafficked person's various legal needs with focus on Native legal issues

  • Development and training of pro-bono networks to provide additional legal support where necessary

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

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

Physical and Mental Health Service Referral
American Indian Health Services of Chicago





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