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Alaska Native Justice Center

The Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC) addresses Alaska Native peoples’ unmet needs within the Alaska civil and criminal justice system. Our services include education, restorative justice, victim advocacy, and legal support and representation. We also serve Alaska Tribes through legal representation in ICWA matters and training and technical assistance for tribal justice. All ANJC initiatives are rooted in Alaska Native culture:

Education: ANJC equips people with knowledge and resources needed for navigating the legal system:

  • Pro Se Clinics: Family law pro se legal clinics assist individuals representing themselves, including assistance with navigating the legal system and access to notary services.
  • Color of Justice: a 2-day workshop offering active learning opportunities to young people who aspire to work in the criminal justice system.

Restorative Justice: Services support youth in need and give people the tools needed to successfully return to our communities and rebuild their lives after incarceration with:

  • Youth: For youth 14-24, we provide mentoring, coaching, and advocacy and assistance with navigating the criminal justice system. For youth 6-18, we provide mentoring, coaching, and advocacy to those enrolled in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program and their families.
  • Adults: ANJC provides opportunities to eliminate barriers for people recently released from jail.

Advocacy for Victims: ANJC stands up for the rights of Alaska Native people and others and provides the tools needed for Our People to advocate for themselves. We offer culturally sensitive services and provide tools for living in a safe and healthy environment.

  • Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault: direct services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.
  • Human Trafficking: direct services for victims of labor or sex trafficking.
  • Victims of Crime: direct services for victims of crime with a focus on Elders and youth.

Legal Services: Collaborates with our Advocacy for Victims and Restorative Justice teams. We also represent Alaska Tribes in state court child welfare cases implicating the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

  • Family Law: legal services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
  • Victims of Crime: civil legal services for victims of crime, with a focus on Alaska Native/American Indian Elders and youth.
  • Elders: civil legal assistance to older victims and vulnerable elders of abuse and financial exploitation within Anchorage.
  • Restorative Justice: assistance with gaining employment and educational opportunities for those with criminal convictions.
  • ICWA: Our legal team provides guidance and representation to Alaska Tribes in state court in Anchorage and strives to ensure state child protection matters comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

Social Justice Advocacy: Bringing partners together to advocate for fair and equitable treatment of Alaska Native people within the justice system.

  • Strategic Partnerships: working with the right stakeholders toward ANJC’s Mission.
  • Convening: bringing partners together to focus around important issues and being an impetus toward the power of those working together to affect real change in the systems that adversely affect the people we serve.
  • Training and Legal Assistance: Our Tribal Justice team provides legal assistance to Alaska Tribes and tribal courts across the state.

Established in 1993 by Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) as a tribal nonprofit, ANJC became an affiliate of CITC in 2016. Both organizations work closely to develop a strong alignment of services and offer seamless access to participants and broaden connections to community resources.

For more information, contact ANJC at (907) 793-3550.

Download the ANJC Sustainability Plan:
Our Road to Sustainability