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Working together to prevent and respond to sex trafficking in our community

Multnomah County's Response


Over the past decade, Multnomah County has invested in gaining a better understanding on the scope of the issue of sex trafficking in our community. The County has also committed to building a robust collaborative to effectively prevent and respond. Awareness among law enforcement agencies, service providers, and policy makers has grown considerably, as have cooperative efforts. Investment in taskforces and multi-disciplinary collaborations has bolstered initiatives in training and identification, service enhancement and provision, and developing federal legislation. 

Multnomah County established the Multnomah County Sex Trafficking Collaborative (formerly the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Steering Committee) in 2009 with a grant funding received from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The OJJDP grant was awarded because of the dedication demonstrated by law enforcement and service providers. 

In 2008, a network of agency collaborations began to address the needs of individuals who have experienced trafficking:

With the award of the 2009 OJJDP grant, these partnerships were solidified and provided significant funding for services for those who have experienced trafficking. 

A second grant from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) increased the capacity of Multnomah County, SARC and JYP to serve the adult population. The funds from the Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking (DVHT) grant supported the development of a leadership team called Sex Trafficking Enhancement Project (STEP). STEP serves as a sub-committee to the larger CSEC Steering Committee and focuses on partnership and service development. More importantly, the DVHT funds provided resources for more adult survivors to have comprehensive case management and 24-hour emergency response. 

With the closure of Athena House in 2017 and the sex trafficking/CSEC program at SARC, a request for proposal was introduced by Multnomah County to funded services for youth who have or are at risk of experiencing sex trafficking. A collaborative application received the funding, which was comprised of New Avenues for Youth, Call to Safety and Raphael House of Portland. This new program, called New Day, begin serving youth 12-25 beginning in July of 2018.


The Collaborative is Chaired by Multnomah County Commissioner Meieran, and coordinated by the sex trafficking senior program strategist position within the Domestic and Sexual Violence Coordination Office (DSVCO). The Collaborative was established to bring together active partners in our jurisdiction to improve the community response to sex trafficking of youth and adults. 

The Collaborative brings together active partners in our jurisdiction to cooperatively address and share ideas in an effort to improve identification and support of survivors; better investigate, prosecute and supervise offenders; and increase education, prevention, and civic engagement within the community.

Core Partners

The core partners who provided the majority of services to youth and young adults as well as survivors of all ages also make up the Collaborative’s executive team. The executive team is made up of a small group of local leaders who shape the strategy and focus of the collaboration. This team of core partners considers capacity issues, gaps in our system, and recommendations for improving our efforts. This meeting is by invitation only and is held six times a year. This document outlines the roles and responsibilities of the existing collaboration among the executive team in regards to crisis response. This document is not an all-inclusive description of the agencies’ roles and responsibilities. 

The Multnomah County Sex Trafficking Collaborative Executive Team exists to provide leadership and guidance toward the highest functioning system in our community through:

Executive Committee Members


Collaborative norms

To support effective and positive work together, the leadership team strives to uphold the following norms:

Materials to Learn more 

Much work has been put into documenting the various efforts that have taken place. As we know, any time something is put in print it is almost immediately outdated, however, the documents below will hopefully provide further insight to the work of the Multnomah County Sex Trafficking Collaborative.

2017 Collaborative Crisis Response

2015 Status Report