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News from Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition

POST CREEK — The public is invited to a presentation titled “Sex Trafficking and Sexual Assault in Montana” on Wednesday, March 9, at Mission Valley United Methodist Church, 70715 Hwy 93 at the top of Post Creek Hill, just south of Ninepipes. A potluck begins at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation and discussion follows at 6 p.m.

Teens and their parents are encouraged to attend to hear the presentation by Kimberly Dudik and Hilly McGahan.

Dudik, an attorney at the law firm Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry & Hoven and second-term Representative in the Montana House of Representatives, was recently appointed by Attorney General Tim Fox as a member on the Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force to examine the issue of unprocessed sexual assault evidence kits in Montana.

Much of Dudik’s legislative work focuses on public safety, especially that of children. Her work led to the passage of anti-human trafficking laws, child identity theft law, Montana’s anti-bullying law, and a pilot project to reform the child abuse and neglect system. Kimberly founded the Montana Anti-Trafficking Project, an organization that educates people about the problem, raising awareness, and working to stop it through education. Her presentation will focus on sex trafficking in particular.

Hilly McGahan was born and raised in Arlee. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Montana in 2007 and her juris doctor from the University of Cincinnati School of Law in 2012, where she was a fellow with the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights and the Ohio Innocence Project. Before attending law school, McGahan worked as a human rights accompanier in Guatemala, where she lived and worked with witnesses testifying in genocide cases.

Recently McGahan participated in the Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative professional exchange in the human rights field between Montana and Thailand through the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana and the U.S. Department of State.

Since 2012, McGahan has worked as a staff attorney with SAFE Harbor’s Legal Program (formerly known as DOVES), providing holistic civil legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Lake County and on the Flathead Reservation. McGahan’s presentation will cover her work with SAFE Harbor and focus on teen issues in particular. 

This event is sponsored by the Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit and affiliate of the Montana Human Rights Network. We celebrate living in a multi-cultural, diverse community. Contact us at 406-745-4259 or 406-745-3303.

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