Missing & Murdered Indigenous People

In 2019 5,590 Indigenous women were reported missing to the F.B.I.’s National Crime Information Center.

American Indian women are murdered at rates that are more than 10 times the national average according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Homicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among American Indian girls and women 10 - 24 years of age and the 5th leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native women 25 - 34 years of age. ~ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Homicide

Human Trafficking Training

The Lydia Lerma Foundation has partnered with the Human Trafficking Training Center to get human trafficking training to Tribal Police, Tribal Advocates, Tribal Fish & Game Wardens, and Tribal Park Services. Please see the list of upcoming trainings and contact alison@humantraffickingtrainingcenter.com to register or schedule a training at your tribal nation and/or reservation.

Please click on links below for detailed flyer on each training event:

Kootenai County Sheriff - July 19-20, 2022, Hayden, Idaho

North Dakota BCI - August 3-4, 2022, Bismarck, North Dakota

Navajo Nation Police - August 17-18, 2022, Fort Defiance, Arizona

North American Human Trafficking Conference - September 28-30, 2022, Las Vegas, Nevada

Evansville Police Department - December 12-13, 2022, Casper, Wyoming

North American Human Trafficking Conference Sessions At-A-Glance

Attendee Feedback on HTTC

“Your training was the best I have had dealing with human trafficking. The others talk about it but didn’t teach what to specifically look for or do”. 

~D.M., PRAIRIE BAND POTAWATOMI NATION TRIBAL POLICE

Need Help?

Lydia Lerma and the LL Foundation Investigative Volunteers work closely with several agencies and assist in the investigative process for MMIP/R cases. Each case is handled on a case-by-case basis and investigated independently and in cooperation with local law enforcement.

Lydia has completed the Death & Homicide Investigation training by Wayne Sheppard, retired member of the Pennsylvania State Police and former Director of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Lydia sees her role as a liaison between law enforcement and victims of violent crime. 

For investigative assistance requests, please contact the Lydia Lerma Foundation at: info@lydialerma.org or call 970-717-0242. 

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center

For more information and to find ways to help, please contact the following organization: 

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women.