January 2020

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Here you will find various events and opportunities to get involved.


Human Trafficking Awareness Month Proclamation - Multnomah County Board of Commissioners

Thursday, January 9, 9:30am

Location: Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon

All are welcome!

Human Trafficking Awareness Day - Oregon DOJ event

Friday, January 10, 10:00am - 11:30am

Location: DOJ Building, 100 SW Market St, Portland, Oregon

RSVP at combatingtrafficking@doj.state.or.us

Cyber Safety Training - Shared Hope International

Saturday, January 11, 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 3131 NE Glisan St, Portland, Ore. 97232

Register at https://tinyurl.com/HTCyberAwareness

Candelight Vigil - East Portland Rotary

Saturday, January 11, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: NE 82nd and Glisan in the Montavilla Park Community Bldg.

RSVP at rotaryendsextrafficking@gmail.com

Webinar - Human Trafficking 101: Identification & Treatment of Survivors of Human Trafficking

Thursday, January 16, 11:30am - 1:00pm

RSVP at mayl@irco.org

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/348490405 dial in number: (224) 501-3412. Access Code: 348-490-405

Hospitality Training - East Portland Rotary, PPB, and DA's Office

Tuesday, January 21, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Holiday Inn Airport, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97220

RSVP at rotaryendsextrafficking@gmail.com with your name, email, phone & business name

Meet & Greet - Juvenile System & Community Partners

Wednesday, January 22, 9:30am - 11:00am

Location: Juvenile Justice Complex, Large Conference Room, 1401 NE 68th Ave, Portland, Oregon

All criminal justice staff are invited to come meet the service providers who are here to support individuals who have experienced sex trafficking.

Webinar - Trafficking: Trauma and Trauma-Informed Advocacy at Points of Contact

Wednesday, January 22, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Registeration: https://ta2ta.org/webinars/registration/human-trafficking-webinar.html

Survivor self-care backpack drop off day*

Saturday, January 25, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Bridgetown Church (2120 NE Tillamook St. Portland, OR 97212)

*See below for backpack assembly instructions

Webinar - Strengthening Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs for Trafficked Survivors: Enhancing Indentification, Case Management, and Advocacy

Wednesday, January 29, 10:00am - 11:30am

Registration: http://fvpf.convio.net/site/R?i=Az9lYhG7qicO7diBiNebgQ

Training - Human Trafficking Training: Identifying and responding to human trafficking

Thursday, January 30, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Target audience: Law enforcement, attorneys, prosecutors, advocates, DHS, and their partners

Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room

1000 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204


Find out more about the realities of sex trafficking from individuals who have gone through it themselves at thelifestory.org

Concerned community member?

If there is someone in your life that you are concerned could be experiencing harm, one of the best things you can do is know the resources you can connect them with when they are ready. Being a safe and supportive person that can listen without judgment, and help connect them to confidential professional services can make all of the difference. Check out our services page to learn more about local programming.

Provider in the community?

Learn more about supporting those who are experiencing sex trafficking by reading this Zine created by Gibson with Raphael House of Portland.

Are you a health care provider?

EMT Training that also serves as a 101 for individuals working with this population.

Online Webinar: SANE response to Sex Trafficking (1.5 hours) from the Sexual Assault Task Force.

SOAR has a free 2 hour online webinar and a PowerPoint presentation.


Here you will find images available for download that may be used to raise awareness about human trafficking.

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Self-care backpacks & Gift Cards


Join in for an opportunity to provide support to individuals who have experienced sex trafficking by putting together a self-care backpack. Thank you for partnering with us and various county & city programs care for our neighbors in our community!

A huge thank you to Bridgetown Church for running this campaign!

Drop Off Date: Saturday, January 25th

Time: 10 - 2 PM

Location: Bridgetown Church (2120 NE Tillamook St. Portland, OR 97212)*

*The building will still be under construction. You can access the room can be accessed via the back parking lot - signs will be posted


Contact Brooke at brooke.nolte@bridgetown.church

Backpack Items & Guidelines:

We support individuals of all genders (with the greatest percentage being female-identified). When creating the bag, please provide items that are gender neutral as much as possible,

Hygiene Products

  • Shampoo/Conditioner (shampoo bars with a case are great too!)
  • Hair products for African Americans (i.e. cream, oil, silk wraps, leave-in conditioner, detangler, etc.)
  • ​Wash cloth
  • ​Flip flops
  • Q-Tips
  • Liquid body wash & Loofa
  • Face wash
  • Acne specific face wipes
  • Body lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine products: tampons, pads, and pH balancing wipes
  • Razors & shaving cream
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Medicated chapstick
  • ​Eyebrow tweezers ​
  • Brush & comb
  • ​Nail clippers & file

Optional Products that Promote Dignity

  • ​Nail polish
  • ​Hair ties
  • Gift card to get nails done
  • ​Gift card for hair products (i.e. Mid-K Beauty Supply has hair supplies for a variety of hair types)
  • Gift card for clothing (i.e. Target / Fred Meyer)


Backpacks should be generic bags appropriate for everyday use. Please avoid backpacks with characters, bright colors, animals, jewels, or other embellishments. All bags should be easy to clean and have pockets.

Guidelines for Purchasing/Assembling

  • Items should be new or ​very gently used. ​A good way to think of it: if ​you would feel funny receiving the quality of item as a gift, they would likely feel the same. We want to promote dignity and respect through the items, honoring these resilient, amazing individuals.
  • Hygiene products need to be normal size and of quality. Full size quality products rather than travel size. ​Also, if you would not want to use it on your body, or it is half full, or used....it would not feel as honoring to receive that as a gift.
  • Items ideally as gender inclusive as possible. ​There are more women/girls than men/boys who engage in the services, but often they desire items that look older than their own age. Things that are more gender neutral help. Please no frills, sparkles, or animated animals.
  • Feel free to include a note! ​Comments that promote dignity and are encouraging are great (i.e. “You got this, I think you’re amazing” “I’m glad you exist” “You matter”). Please refrain from comments about them being saved, rescued, or escaping. Please keep envelope unsealed.
  • ​Gift cards are incredibly helpful! ​Please keep the amount to $10-$50. Places like Fred Meyer, Target, or Starbucks are great. Please write the amount provided on the card.
  • Please no religious material ​(i.e. bibles, verses, journals with scripture)