Tyesha M. Wood

Tyesha M. Wood

Tyesha Wood

EVAWI is proud to recognize Tyesha M. Wood as a Champion of Change, for her powerful advocacy and unwavering commitment to justice for children and victims of interpersonal violence in Indian Country. Ms. Wood’s distinguished career in law enforcement spans 17 years, during which she has served as a detective specializing in domestic violence and crimes against children.  

Ms. Wood, a member of the Navajo Nation, is revered for her expertise in helping communities develop strategic, cross-jurisdictional responses to safely recover missing or abducted children. She currently serves as Program Manager with the organization AMBER Alert in Indian Country.  

A national speaker on issues of protecting Native youth from human trafficking and abuse, Ms. Wood also works directly with communities, traveling to remote villages and Tribal lands around the country. Because culturally specific responses are crucial to protecting Indigenous children, she helps communities apply relevant solutions and implement comprehensive child recovery strategies.    

Linked to her accomplishments in combatting child sex trafficking, in 2019 Ms. Wood was named as a Next Generation Leader at the McCain Institute of International Leadership, where she participated in a 10-month fellowship of emerging global leaders.   

Ms. Wood’s leadership in promoting culturally and trauma-informed responses also extends to survivors of sexual assault. As a detective with Gila River Police Department, she helped launch the first Start by Believing campaign in Indian Country.  

Tyesha M. Wood’s personal dedication and professional effectiveness in strengthening responses to sex trafficking, aiding missing and exploited children, and driving implementation of culturally sensitive approaches make her an inspiration to all. She is a true Champion of Change.