Committee addresses issues of missing children and human trafficking

(HELENA) The State-Tribal Relations Committee brainstormed ideas on Friday for improving the response to cases of missing children and human trafficking in the state.

Bryan Lockerby, Division Administrator with the Division of Criminal Investigation, said law enforcement is the main agency that handles missing persons reports. From there, the Criminal Justice Information Network – known as CJIN – connects with the FBI database of missing persons.

CJIN supervisor Jennifer Viets told the legislative committee that five tribal agencies including Blackfeet and Crow are connected to that network, which allows them to review the profiles of missing people. The Rocky Boy reservation is in the process of connecting to the network to access those services as well.