Zonta Club of Yakima Valley
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Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the Yakima Valley

The Advocacy committee of the Zonta Club of Yakima Valley has been working to build awareness of Domestic Minor Trafficking (DMST) and Human Trafficking issues in the Yakima Valley as an ongoing advocacy project.



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Trafficking Hotlines

If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or the Yakima Crime Victims Service Center at 1-866-523-6468. Both of these hotlines operate 24/7 hours!

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Where to Start

People are always asking us "What Can I Do to Help?" .. so we've developed this handout to answer that question - "Ten Things Anyone Can Do to Stop Human Trafficking".

Nine Myths about Prostitution - rethink your stereotypes!


‘Buyer Beware’: early success for initiative targeting johns instead of prostitutes - Seattle Times May 16, 2015

Online Videos:

Sheila Houston of Rare Coins Ministries speaks at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Yakima

Demanding Justice Project - Shared Hope



Here? Sex Trafficking in the Tri-Cities


The Underground in Sunnyside offers a safe haven for at risk youth


Their Story - the story of gang-related trafficking in the Yakima Valley

Men's Movement to End Demand - The Defenders

Read news coverage of Human Trafficking in Yakima

Upcoming Events

June 25

Serving Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking: A Provider's Perspective 

June 25th, 2015
2:00-3:00 PM ET - note time zone difference!

The MECP and AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program invite you to participate in this month's webinar with Leslie Briner, Commercial Sexual Exploitation Training and Policy Coordinator for YouthCare. Leslie also operates Notes from the Ground, a training and consulting practice in Seattle, focused on developing resources and capacity to respond to sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. 

Ms. Briner will discuss the eight types of exploitation and provide an overview of the current sex trade from the perspectives of providers in the child welfare system and on multi-disciplinary teams. She will also provide suggestions based on real life of examples, of "what works" when working with victims of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Participants will also learn about the services that are critical to the safety of victims. 

Participants will: 

* Identify the risk factors for and indicators of victims who have been sexually exploited 
* Understand the intersections between victims of sex trafficking, child welfare systems and multi-disciplinary teams 
* Learn how to improve rapport with clients and discover what questions to ask when speaking with a potential victim 
* Learn how to discuss safety with victims and incorporate safety planning 
* Recognize all services needed to assist victims of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking

About the Presenter

Leslie Briner has worked in the field of direct services with children, youth and families for eighteen years.  She began working in programs serving families experiencing homelessness, youth with developmental disabilities, youth in the foster care system and with commercially sexually exploited (CSE) youth.  Leslie served as the Program Director of Youth Services at SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation) in San Francisco, CA from 2005 to 2007. After relocating to Seattle to attend graduate school she consulted for the City of Seattle Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Division and developed 40-hour, community-based training and programming to respond to sexually exploited youth.  In 2010, Leslie joined YouthCare. She is charged with implementing the Bridge Continuum of Services for Sexually Exploited Youth in Seattle, WA. 

Currently, Leslie is the part time Commercial Sexual Exploitation Training and Policy Coordinator for YouthCare and she teaches social work at the University of Washington, School of Social Work. Leslie is board member for the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) and for Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST).  In all aspects of life, Ms. Briner is committed to social justice values and practices.  Leslie is originally from the San Francisco, Bay Area. She relocated to Seattle in 2007 and holds a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Washington.

July 11

R.E.S.T. Training Day

Join us to learn more about the dynamics of sex trafficking, the sex industry in Seattle, and direct services for sexually exploited young women. This training is open to the community and is a prerequisite for REST volunteers.

Date:  Saturday, July 11, 9AM - 4:30PM
Where: TBD, Seattle, WA
Fee:   $49, which includes materials and lunch. The payment page will load after you submit this registration form.

Registration: Click here.

We gladly offer free scholarships to who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation, and offer a limited number of discounted tickets to advocates. If you are interested, please email us at info@iwantrest.com.

July 18

Beers Against Slavery - Save the Date!

Last year we had a lot of fun and raised a lot of support for the work of Seattle Against Slavery.
July 18th is the date for 2015, so get ready for craft beers and fighting trafficking!

Past Events

Learn More through Books and Movies

Learn more about the topic through these organizations/websites/publications:

Recommended Reading

We have found these books to be very helpful in learning about DMST in the United States:

Renting Lacy
Girls Like Us
Slave Across the Street
Runaway Girl
Somebody's Daughter
Half the Sky
In Our Backyard

Interview with the author

See Linda's organization
Shared Hope

Interview with the author

See her organization

Theresa's Talk on TED

See her organization

See her organization
Runaway Girl, FPC

These books can also be ordered through Inklings Bookshop in Yakima.

Documentaries & Movies

We have a lending library of films on domestic minor trafficking. We are happy to loan a copy to local organizations for small group previewing. These are amongst the best documentaries on DMST in the United States available today.

A&E's 8 Minutes - TV series
The Long Night - based in Seattle - rent on Vimeo for $4.99
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls
Not 4 Sale
Rape for Profit - documentary set in Seattle - rent on Vimeo for $4.99 or on iTunes for $9.99
Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth

KYVE's Insider's Roundtable - Sex Trafficking in Yakima - You can view the first segment with Kim Foley of Comprehensive and Chad Janis of Yakima Police Department. The view the second segment features speakers from Zonta Club of Yakima Valley and Jill Sunwold of Rods' House.

Available on Netflix

Abduction of Eden
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women
Human Trafficking
Inhale - organ trafficking
Trade of Innocents
Trafficked: Slavery in America
Very Young Girls - watch trailer

Watch Online

I Am Second - Annie Lobert - 14 minutes
Demand - Shared Hope International documentary - 45 minutes
Door to Grace - stories of survivors - 6 minutes
How Porn Creates the John: Porn, Trafficking and the Social Construction of Masculinity
I Just Keep Quiet - illustrates what human trafficking looks like in Washington State. The video features local responders including members of the Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WashACT), survivors exploited in Washington, and service providers including the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network(WARN).
Jessica's Story - Story of a survivor in Los Angeles
Look Beneath the Surface - 13 minutes | Spanish version
Rape for Profit - highlights trafficking in Seattle
Sex Trafficking in America: A Former Sex Slave's Story of Hope & Forgiveness - 25 minutes
The Life - Ballerina Tease - 5 minutes
The Making of a Girl - young girls groomed for prostitution in US - 5 minutes
What I Have Been Through is Not Who I Am - 21 minutes
Why it's Wrong to Pay for Sex - Melissa Farley - 7 minutes


Central Washington Resources

Just a few of the community organizations involved in the fight against human trafficking and serving vulnerable youth in the Yakima Valley, Ellensburg, Sunnyside and the Tri-Cities:


Aspen Victim Advocacy Services – Kim Foley - (509) 576-4326
Rod’s House – Joe Willis - (509) 895.2665
Sunrise House. a Project of Sunrise Outreach - Dave Hanson
Yakima YWCA – Erin Black - (509) 248-7796


CWU Human Trafficking Awareness Club
Juneteenth Central Washington

Tri-Cities Faith Justice Network
FREED, a Ministry of the Bethel Church
Tri-Cities Coalition Against Trafficking
Tri-Cities Soroptimists Against Trafficking

Washington State Resources

Northwest Family Services (Vancouver)
Called to Rescue (Vancouver)
Center for Children and Youth Justice (Seattle)
Genesis Project (Kent)
Hope4Justice (Whatcom County)
Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (Seattle)
NW Immigrant Rights Project (Granger and Seattle) - legal help for victims
Organization for Prostitution Survivors (Seattle)
Rare Coins Ministries (Renton)
Real Escape from the Sex Trade (Seattle)
Seattle Against Slavery (Seattle)
Shared Hope International (Vancouver)
Stolen Youth (Seattle)
Tronie Foundation (Lacey)
Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (Seattle)
Washington Engage (Olympia)
Washington State Attorney General’s office (Olympia)
Washington State Department of Commerce (Olympia)
Washington State Model Protocol For Commercially Sexually Exploited Children
World Relief: Coalition to Abolish Human Trafficking in the Inland Northwest (Spokane)
Youth Care (Seattle)

Oregon State Resources

Door to Grace
Not for Sale Oregon
Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (OATH)

National Organizations

4 Every Girl - Campaigning for media images that value, respect, empower and promote the true value of every girl
The A21 Campaign: Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century
Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking - ATTEST
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation - CAASE
ECPAT-USA - End Childhood Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes
End It Movement
Fair Girls
Not for Sale Campaign
President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking
Rescue & Restore - the campaign to rescue and restore victims of human trafficking - US Dept of HHS
Streetlight USA
The Prevention Project
The Rebecca Project
The White House - End Human Trafficking site
Traffick Free (Save our Adolescents from Prostitution - (S.O.A.P.)
Trafficking in America Taskforce

International Organizations

Fair Girls
Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide  documentary
International Justice Mission
Love 146

Stop Trafficking Newsletter
UN Global report on Trafficking in Persons


Resources for Specific Industries

Resources for Business

Anti Human Trafficking Resources for Business (Homeland Security)
Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST)
Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking and Business - excellent introduction to the topic of how businesses can ensure that no aspect of their business is involved in human trafficking. (note must be viewed on IE 32 bit)
Human Trafficking in Hotels and Motels

Resources for Educators

Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Schools - Missing and Exploited Children's Program
Dreams Die Hard
Education packs on Slavery - free downloads of curriculum
Human Trafficking of Children in the US: A Fact Sheet for Schools
Is Your Student a Victim of Trafficking: 6 Signs for Educators
NEST Educators - review of available curriculum for schools
Ohio State Officials Want to Enlist Teachers, Schools in Fight Against Child Trafficking
Tools for Educators - Red Flags & Indicators, First Response and Assessments
White Ribbon Week - building awareness of the dangers of pornography with school kids

Curriculum and Teaching Materials:
Bodies are not Commodities - High School curriculum
Globalize 13 - Labor trafficking issues around the world
The Prevention Project

Resources for Faith-Based Organizations

All I was Good for Was ... - Portland survivor shares her story - video 5 minutes
Become a Shepherd - resources from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Beyond Storming Brothels - activists in Portland - video 12 minutes
Chab Dai
Exodus Cry
Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking
Hookers for Jesus
Human Trafficking: Preventing, Protecting, Prosecuting - United Methodist Women
Justice and Mercy Foundation
Protect: A Strategy to Prevent Human Trafficking in our Communities
Pure Hope: Christian Solutions in a Sexualized Culture
Strip Church - training and resources for church ministries with workings in adult industries
The Episcopal Church - Human Trafficking Resources
We are Cherished
World Vision

Resources of Health Care Providers

Caring for Trafficked Persons: A Guide for Health Providers
Child Sex Trafficking Webinar Series - Web-based training series for Georgia healthcare professionals on child sex trafficking
Common Health Issues seen in Human Trafficking
HEAL Trafficking
Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking - What to look for during a Medical Exam
Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans Initiative
Rescue and Restore Campaign Tool Kits (US Dept of HHS)
Short Term and Long Term Effects of Human Trafficking - for Medical Professionals
SOAR to Health and Wellness Training - Enhancing the Health Care System’s Response to Human Trafficking
Trafficking in Persons: A Primer for the Health Care Professional

Resources for Law Enforcement

Anti Human Trafficking Resources for Law Enforcement (Homeland Security)
Anti Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide
Blue Campaign - Department of Homeland Security
Department of Justice - Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit
FBI Human Trafficking
FBI's Innocence Lost National Initiative
H.E.A.T. Watch - comprehensive strategies for law enforcement to protect victims of DMST/CSEC
Human Trafficking and Intersections with Code Compliance
Human Trafficking Law Enforcement Training Manual - New Mexico Attorney General's Office
National Gang Center
International Association of Chiefs of Police Guide on Investigating Human Trafficking
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as key partners in combating human trafficking - free online training 15 minutes
Rescue and Restore Campaign Tool Kits - US Dept of HHS

Resources for Men's Groups Fighting Trafficking

3N1 Men: empowering men to fight human trafficking
4 Common Myths about Trafficking - Defenders
ARMED - Association of Real Men Ending the Demand
Be More Than a Bystander
Bravehearts Freedom Network
Every Man's Battle
International Code of Conduct for Men
Men as Partners in Ending Demand: A Toolkit and Resource Guide to End Sexual Exploitation
Men Can Stop Rape: Creating Cultures Free From Violence
Ten Things Men and Boys can do to Stop Human Trafficking - excellent brochure from the Male Renaissance Project!
The Defenders, USA

Resources for Social Service Organizations

Child Trafficking and the Child Welfare System NEW
Housing Toolkit for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Missing and Exploited Children's Program - Distance Learning Center
Preventing Sexual Violence: An Educational Toolkit for Health Care Professionals
Rescue and Restore Campaign Tool Kits (US Dept of HHS)
Who Pays the Price? Assessment of Youth Involvement in Prostitution in Seattle 2008 study by Debra Boyer


Demand - Shared Hope International documentary - 45 minutes
Demand Forum - resources for the prevention of prostitution and sex trafficking
Demand Justice
We Can End Demand from Defenders USA

Amazing Video - "How Porn Creates the John: Porn, Trafficking and the Social Construction of Masculinity"


Educate and Empower Kids - for Parents, Kids and Educators
How Internet Pornographers Market to Men vs. Women
How Porn Creates the John: Porn, Trafficking and the Social Construction of Masculinity
NoFap - Partake in the Ultimate Challenge!
Porn Harms
Stop Trafficking Demand - focuses on the links between porn and sex trafficking


Other Resources

Human Trafficking in Rural Communities - NHTRC New

Coalition Building - for those who want to effect change in their communities

Spanish Language resources from Polaris

Brochure from the Family Research Council - Modern Slavery: How to Fight Human Trafficking in Your Community

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - read this interesting article on "Intimate Partner & Familial Human Trafficking: when Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Collide" and the Domestic & Sexual Violence Intersections with Trafficking brief

Fact Sheet: the Obama Administration Announces Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking at Home and Abroad - released on September 25, 2012 details federal efforts going forward to fight human trafficking

Polaris releases a resource on Human Trafficking in Hotels and Motels

National Report on Domestic Minor Trafficking America's Prostituted Children

In early 2012, Washington State passed 12 pieces of legislation to fight human trafficking, read the Summary of the 12 Anti-Trafficking Laws passed in 2012 legislative session - from Washington Engage

Seattle Against Slavery has been working for three years to get hardened anti-trafficking posters mounted in the Rest Areas along the highways across our state, starting with I-90 and I-5. See the final poster design, and contribute to their campaign so that we can get these posters put up in rest stops along I-82! Each sign costs approx. $205 to make and install, and there will be signs in both the men's and women's bathrooms.

Release of 2012 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report by the US Government - view the report

Study released from the West Coast Children's Clinic - "Research to Action: Sexually Exploited Minors (SEM) Needs and Strengths"

Excellent article on Supporting the victim after trafficking ... and the various programs and services that needed for a successful transition from victim to survivor .. as told by a survivor of trafficking.

President Obama speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting on the subject of Human Trafficking.

Past Events & Webinars

February 17, 2012
Rose Gundersen - Washington Engage - speaking on legislative progress in the Anti-Trafficking Fight and the importance of grassroots community action teams - download the flyer

April 21

DECEPTIONS: Exposing the Lures of Child Trafficking & Internet Dangers
AWARE training in the Tri-Cities, sponsored by the Tri-Cities Soroptimists - Download the flyer

May 2012

Missing to Trafficking: Connections Between the Missing Child and Trafficking
Missing and Exploited Children's Program (MCEP)

view training on Vimeo | download the presentation slides

May 10-20

SOLD Exhibition - Bethel Church
Richland download the flyer or see their website for more information. This is now a traveling human trafficking exhibition. Contact them if you'd like to bring the exhibition to your community
June 6

Sylvia Ui'lani Matayoshi - internationally recognized expert on Human Trafficking will speak at a luncheon sponsored by Zonta
learn more about his event

June 12

Trauma informed Care and Family and Youth Services Bureau Outcomes for Runaway and Homeless Youth
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC)
Recorded Session - only online until September 2012

June 20

Sexual Exploitation of Girls in Gangs
Missing and Exploited Children's Program (MCEP)

view training on Vimeo | download the presentation slides
See other archived training on the MCEP website

July 18
Seattle, WA
WashACT Orientation - The Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WashACT) is planning to host its second quarterly orientation for anyone who is new to the taskforce or those interested in learning about local anti-trafficking efforts. - learn more
August 18-19, 2012
Sunnyside, WA
SOLD: the Human Trafficking Experience - Sunnyside Community Center

Saturday August 18th 10AM-6PM and Sunday August 19th 11AM-6PM  
1521 So. 1st St., Sunnyside, WA 98944 Download the flyer/Press Release
Organized by Sunnyside's Promise Map to exhibit

August 21
Zonta's Advocacy Chair speaks at the Yakima City Council Meeting on recommendations for strengthening the strip club ordinance to better protect the women that work there - full statement - YPAC recording - click on August 21st on the calendar, then the Yakima City Council Meeting at 6:00pm, then fast forward to 59:11. The whole hearing takes 7 minutes to watch.
August 22

Promising Practices in Combating the Commercial Exploitation of Girls in Gangs
Missing and Exploited Children's Program (MCEP)

view training on Vimeo | download the presentation slides
See other archived training on the MCEP website

August 22
Sunnyside, WA
Commercial Exploitation of Children training in Sunnyside on August 22nd - for more information see the flyer. Put on by Sunnyside's Promise and Youth Care.
September 18
Organization for Prostitution Survivors - Launch - new Seattle-are group working with survivors and men's accountability program - see launch brochure - facebook
September 19

Finding Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Human Trafficking - MECP

Register for the webinar

September 24

Yakima Valley Libraries - Board of Trustees meeting

Zonta Advocacy spoke on the need for filtering of porn sites at our library. Read her statement and the packet of materials (zip file) she provided to the Board to read.

September 29

Volunteer & Public Awareness Training - Genesis Project Shelter for victims of Trafficking

October 4th and 5th
Portland, OR
National West-Coast Training - Do You Know Lacy? Trafficking Awareness Training - Different tracks for Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Juvenile Service Providers, Community Advocates, Youth Advocates and The Defenders ...
October 10th
City attorney Mark Kunkler, Senior Assistant City Attorney, spoke at a City of Yakima Planning Commission Study Session on Adult Entertainment Business Moratorium. He addresses the comments made by the Zonta Advocacy Committee to the City Council at the August 21, 2012 City Council Hearing on the Strip Club Moratorium. Go to Y-PAC,To see Mark Kunkler's comments on Zonta's contribution - watch from 5:20 through 6:13.
October 12-13
Deceptions & Illusions Training in Yakima - curriculum for youth to discuss the dangers of pornography and domestic minor trafficking! Registration information. Learn more about the Deceptions curriculum on the Northwest Family Services website.
October 13

2012 Northwest Human Trafficking Summit

Download the flyer

October 24

Movie Viewing: a National Search for Human Worth
Download the flyer

FREE! Open to the public! View the trailer

October 29

Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WashACT) quarterly information session

6-8 pm, at the Seattle Police Department Training Center at 2203 Airport Way South Building C, Classroom 4, Seattle, WA  98134. This event is open to anyone interested in learning about local anti-trafficking efforts and new taskforce participants.  Attendees must RSVP to marie.hoffmann@rescue.org.

October 30

Khurshida Begum, Human Trafficking Survivor speaking about Human Trafficking in Washington State

Richland Public Library, Gallery Area - 6:30-8:30pm
Download the flyer

November 2

SOLD: the Human Trafficking Experience

Download the flyer

November 5

Chris Johnson, Policy Director, Washington State Attorney General's Office

Community meeting to learn more about the Attorney General's office's work to fight human trafficking in Washington State. Support of community groups, legislation, prosecution and more! 5:00pm

click here for more information

November 15

Movie Viewing: "Sex+Money: a National Search for Human Worth "
Perry Technical Institute Auditorium
2011 W. Washington Ave. 7:00pm
learn more
KIT news coverage

FREE! Open to the public! View the trailer

November 17
Cle Elum

We are Better Together: Washington Engage Discussion on Building community alliances to prevent Human Trafficking


Download the flyer


January 26, 2013

Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) Training Day

Saturday, January 26th, 9am – 4:30pm
at Mars Hill Church UW District – 4554 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Parking is $10 up to 8 hours at the parking lot next to the church.
Fee: $18
Info or questions: email info@iwantrest.com

February 1

Raise the Roof 6 - Dinner and Silent Auction
Yakima Convention Center

Benefits Rod's House - for more information

February 2

Human Trafficking Awareness Training
9:00am - noon at the Yakima Foursquare Church on 40th Avenue
Download the flyer

Dr. Cyndi Romine from Called to Rescue will present on Sex Trafficking in our community. There will be a self-defense course as well. All are welcome, lunch is provided, and 30 dollars at the door to cover costs. This event is organized by local community member Jamin Cook and Joan Anderson.

February 6
Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WashACT) is planning to host its next quarterly information session. This event is open to anyone interested in learning about local anti-trafficking efforts and to new taskforce participants.  In order to obtain the location for the event, attendees must RSVP to marie.hoffmann@rescue.org.
February 21-23

Abuse Recovery Leadering Training

3 day training put on by Abuse Recovery Ministry Services
Download the brochure

February 27-28

To Free Today’s Slaves: Human Trafficking Forum in Ellensburg

Join us on the Central Washington University campus (Sub-Ballroom) in Ellensburg to learn more about what you
can do to change the face of Human Trafficking, locally, statewide, and globally. All events are free!

SOLD Experience
Tues & Wed, Feb. 19-20, 2013, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm @ Central Washington University SURC Sub-Ballroom

A multi-sensory experience that takes viewers into the dark corners of human trafficking, both globally and locally. Each room is dedicated to a different real-life story of a central character impacted by human trafficking. Free of charge. Learn more about the Sold Experience

Human Trafficking Forum
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 pm @ Central Washington University SURC Ballroom. This year’s speakers include:

  • Bill Forbes—World Vision’s International Director of Child Protection
  • Velma Veloria—Co-chair of the U.W. Women’s Center Anti Human Trafficking Task Force and Former WA State Representative.
  • Andy Conner – DMST King Co. Deputy Sheriff and founder of The Genesis Project, which is a 24-hour drop-in center that caters to victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) in the King County area.

Human Trafficking Luncheon:
Thursday, February 28, 2013, Noon - 1:30 pm @ Hal Holmes Center, 209. N. Ruby St., Ellensburg

This is a time for the community to come together to meet the forum speakers and have time to ask questions about the problem of human trafficking globally and in our own local area. A trafficking survivor will tell her story and answer questions from the audience. A resource table and opportunities for additional learning and training will be on hand. Co-sponsored by the Ellensburg City Library.

February 28

Linda Smith of Shared Hope International at the Downtown Rotary Club

Yakima Convention Center, noon
You need to be the guest of a Rotarian to attend. Download the newsletter with more details

March 4

Faith and Justice Network Meeting
8428 N. Gage Blvd, Suite A, Kennewick, WA 99336 6:30 - 8:30pm

We will have a guest speaker, Detective Jason Harrington from the Kennewick Police Department, one of two officers that have been trained in trafficking identification and anti-trafficking techniques in our area.  He’ll apprise us of what law enforcement is seeing in our area.  We will have an opportunity to sign up to assist with the upcoming first responder training to and to assist publicizing Khurshida Begum returning to the Tri-Cities to finish her anti-trafficking talk plus additional great information and events in our area.

March 14

Kittitas County Coalition Against Trafficking Informational Gathering
Bar 14 Restaurant, Ellensburg 7:000 - 8:30pm

For more information, contact Sally Jo Homes, WAE Area Associate sallyjoh@waengage.com

March 27

Human Trafficking Awareness Event at Heritage University

Movie Viewing Sex+Money: A Search for Human Worth
Information Fair and panel of local professionals working to fight human trafficking in the valley

Download the flyer

April 6th

Human Trafficking Training
Bar 14 Restaurant
1800 Canyon Road, Ellensburg
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm

We will explain human trafficking in general, what it looks like in Central Washington, what JTCW is and areas people can volunteer in. Lunch is not provided.

RSVP with Dy Buchanan. Organized by Juneteenth CW.

April 9th

Yakima Citizen's Police Academy

The Citizens Academy conducted by the Yakima Police Department is an eight-week course designed to provide Yakima residents and members of the Yakima business community first-hand   knowledge of how their police department works.  To participate in the Academy requires a commitment of eight weeks from the students.  Classes are held every Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  One optional Saturday will be offered at the shooting range.

For more information, see this flyer

April 11

Khurshida Begum
Gallery at Richland Library, 6:00 - 8:00pm
955 Northgate Dr., Richland, WA

Khursida will speak to the public about practical ways we can minister to trafficking survivors.  This is a great way to introduce others to the topic of human trafficking and she will have a Q& A session at the end of her talk. Download the flyer

April 12

Human Trafficking Awareness Event
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Yakima
6-9pm in Cadwell 101

Sponsored by CMDA for students, physicians and community members
Download the flyer

April 13

Genesis Project Training Day
Saturday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This training will be conducted by GP President Deputy Andy Conner, and board members Detective Joel Banks and Detective Brian Taylor from the SeaTac Street Crimes Unit. Topics covered will be the pimping culture in the Seattle area, types of trafficking situations, case studies of specific trafficking cases, experiences of victims, what the Genesis Project does to help them, and more.

If you have an interest in volunteering with the Genesis Project, contact them for more information.

April 13

REST Training Day

Learn about the dynamics of sex trafficking; the sex industry in Seattle; and direct outreach with girls, women, and men. This training is put on by Real Escape from the Sex Trade and is also open for community members who want to consider how they can make a difference in Seattle and beyond. Educational materials will be handed out and lunch will be provided.

9am – 4:30pm
Where: TBD, Seattle
Fee: $18

Info or questions: email info@iwantrest.com

We've been to this training - it's exceptional!

April 17

Wapato Public Schools Women in Leadership Forum

Read short news report about this presentation

April 17

Multi-disciplinary Team Investigations:  A Victim-Oriented Approach
Missing and Exploited Children's Program (MECP)

2:00 -3:00 PM EST  (11 PST)

Participants will learn the importance of victim-oriented approaches to child-exploitation investigations and how coordinated responses, like MDT investigations, are effective in reducing victim trauma. Panelists will explore the foundations of MDT investigations and will offer strategies for beginning and/or improving multidisciplinary responses. Panelists will also discuss the role of victim advocates and how this role supports the investigation efforts of all members of the MDT team. To register

April 26

Are We Not Men?

Men's Breakfast to discuss men's role in fighting porn and sex trafficking.
Download the flyer

April 26-27

AWARE training of Deceptions and Illusions

This is a "train the trainers" on these two curriculum which can be used with small groups of middle school, junior high and high school aged youth - on the subjects of Pornography and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. See the curriculum info

Download the flyer - For more information, contact Michelle Withers, michelle.goals@gmail.com 205-8672

May 2
Vancouver, WA

Premiere Launch of "Chosen, a Film by Shared Hope International"
Hosted by the Defenders USA, the men of Shared Hope

6:00 - 8:00pm The Kiggins Theatre
Vancouver, Washington $50 general admission, $125 VIP package
Featuring Wine tasting from local wineries, catered by Beaches Restaurant
For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.sharedhope.org

May 15

Inhospitable to Trafficking Training
Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue

This training is designed for owners and managers of lodging establishments in King County, especially those overseeing functions of the hotel impacted by sex trafficking, including: General Manager, Security Manager, Front Desk Manager, Housekeeping Manager, Bar/Restaurant Manager.

Download the flyer

May 17

Faith Justice Network - Emily Butler
Kennewick Public Library on Union from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Download the flyer

Emily is a Harvard trained attorney that worked for a San Francisco area think-tank researching demand for prostitution and a social worker for Rahab's House (restoration for trafficking victims in Cambodia). 

May 9-20

13 Days For Justice - FREED

  • Day 1: Thurs, May 9. FREED Prayer Meeting. 7pm. House of Prayer
  • Day 2: Fri, May 10. Pink Room Documentary Showing. 7pm. Location TBD
  • Day 3: Sat, May 11
    • Run for Rice. 9 am. Richland Campus
    • Pink Room Documentary Showing. 7 pm. West Pasco Campus
  • Day 4: Sun, May 12. Forgiveness Interview with Lisa Godwin during Sunday services. Richland Campus
  • Day 5: Mon, May 13.
    • SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience. Bethel Gym. See soldexp.org for times
    • Shame and Forgiveness Seminar. 7pm. Fellowship Hall.
  • Day 6: Tue, May 14. SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience. Bethel Gym. See soldexp.org for times
  • Day 7: Wed, May 15. SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience. Bethel Gym. See soldexp.org for times
  • Day 8: Thurs, May 16.
    • SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience. Bethel Gym. See soldexp.org for times
    • icah Bournes at ABIDE Young Adult Group. 7pm. ShareHouse
  • Day 9: Fri, May 17.
    • SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience. Bethel Gym. See soldexp.org for times
    • Poetry Slam featuring Micah Bournes. 8pm. ShareHouse
  • Day 10: Sat, May 18.
    • SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience. Bethel Gym. See soldexp.org for times
    • Justice Jam with Micah Bournes and Clayton Butler. 7pm. West Pasco Campus
  • Day 11: Sun, May 19
    • SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience. Bethel Gym. See soldexp.org for times.
    • Community Justice Assessment results announced. Sunday services. Richland Campus.
    • Guest Preacher Clayton Butler of AIM. Sunday services. Richland campus.
    • Anti-Trafficking Training for the Local Church, Session 1. 3-6pm. Desert View Room.
  • Day 12: Mon, May 20. Anti-Trafficking Training for the Local Church, Session 2. 6-9pm. Desert View Room

Download the flyer

Here are directions for the Bethel Richland Campus. Here is a map of specific rooms within the Richland Campus. Here are directions for the Bethel West Pasco Campus. Here are directions to Sharehouse.

May 29

Project Respect Training

Training to establish a common protocol for screening potential victims of human trafficking. For more information
Contact Kim Foley at Comprehensive for more information. Tel. 576-4326

May 23-25

Trafficking in America Conference

more info

June 4

Faith and Justice Network
Kennewick Public Library 6:30-9:00 pm

Focus of this meeting will be on gang trafficking and what is happening in our area.

June 12-15

International Christian Alliance on Prostitution North America Conference

For more information, click here.

June 27-28

YouthCare and Center for Children & Youth Justice State-wide Protocol Training

2 Day training for CSEC Task Force and MDT members and frontline service providers working with children who are vulnerable to trafficking.
To sign up, contact Suzi Carpino of Sunnyside's Promise - suzi@sunnysidespromise.org

View the Washington State Model Protocol for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children - November 2012

July 17

Children Missing from Foster Care: The Forgotten Missing Children

Free Webinar

July 17

Mar Smith of B.E.S.T. Initiative

Speaking at the Yakima Valley Lodging Association at noon.

July 20

REST Training Day

Learn about the dynamics of sex trafficking; the sex industry in Seattle; and direct outreach with girls, women, and men. This training is also open for community members who want to consider how they can make a difference in Seattle and beyond. Educational materials will be handed out and lunch will be provided. - More info
July 22 - August 11

Volunteer Advocate Training for the Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC)

Download the flyer

August 1-3

AWARE Train the Trainer - Deceptions & Illusions Curriculum

AWARE is seeking trainers who can facilitate community training events for Deceptions and Illusions.  AWARE will provide instruction that equips leaders to coordinate school-based initiatives in their region. Learn more

September 20
Freed Ministry Documentary Night - Chosen, Their Story & Here? 6:30-8:30 pm  at Bethel Church, Contact freed509@gmail.com.
September 25

Report Release: Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States

Institute of Medicine - more info

September 26
Ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation - Male Allyship Workshop
with Peter Qualliotine/Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS)

9:00am - 12:00pm; Registration at 8:30am
Seattle Municipal Tower (700 - 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA), Training Room # 1610

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, September 20, 2013.  Space is limited!


DESCRIPTION:  The Ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation - Male Allyship Workshop is designed to critically explore men's role in ending sexual exploitation and other forms of violence against women.  The 3-hour training will equip attendees with tools and concrete steps for working to end violence and exploitation as advocates and allies.
September 10-30

Freedom 21 20 days of prayer and fasting for worldwide human trafficking.  There is an excellent 21-day Prayer Guide which could be used during this 20 day initiative or anytime. For more information contact: Rosie Phillips, USRPN Washington State Coordinator, rosiephillips22@gmail.com.

September 27 & 28th

DECEPTIONS: Exposing the Lures of Child Trafficking & Internet Dangers

AWARE training in Portland - For more information

September 28
Soroptimist Walk to STOP Human Trafficking, 8:30 am Columbia Park Marina. Contact 430-4914 or 3tcsat@gmail.com or www.facbook.com/3TCSAT
October 2 7-8 pm, PBS (KTNW & KWSU) airing full length version of “Here?  Sex Trafficking in our Community!”  Followed by live broadcast of panel discussion with phone in questions by viewing audience.  Contact Betty at bla60@charter.net.
October 5

Engage for Impact Summit

Designed for anyone wanting to increase impact through solidifying partnerships with others involved in combating human trafficking. Learn more

October 24-25
Federal Way

DECEPTIONS: Exposing the Lures of Child Trafficking & Internet Dangers

AWARE training in Federal Way - For more information

October 26

REST Training Day

Learn about the dynamics of sex trafficking; the sex industry in Seattle; and direct outreach with girls, women, and men. This training is also open for community members who want to consider how they can make a difference in Seattle and beyond. Educational materials will be handed out and lunch will be provided.

For more information

November 6

Inhospitable Training for Law Enforcement

for more information, contact us.

Oct 31 - Nov 7

Human Trafficking Actives at WSU - Tri Cities Campus

Anti-trafficking week of activities at WSU-TC, presented by the nursing school.  The SOLD exhibit will be up as well as several films and a panel discussion.  Download the poster

January 9

"Breaking the Chains of Sex Trafficking"
Sheila Houston of Rare Coins Ministries
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 4105 Richey Rd, Yakima, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Sheila is the founder of Rare Coins Ministry in Seattle and will be speaking on:

- how to conduct outreach to trafficked minors and women in prostitution
- understanding the mindset and circumstances of that population
- understanding the “Hierarchy of pimping” and why girls often relapse and return to their pimps
- need for spiritual healing for victims
- how can the church embrace survivors and welcome them in
- need for prevention

She has worked with over 2500 girls/women in prostitution through her outreach program.  She spends every Friday and every other Saturday night out on the streets.

Download the event flyer and Sheila's Bio
Watch the Video of the event

Sponsored by Mercy Project of Washington (eMPOWer), Yakima Valley Anti-Human Trafficking Network, and St. Timothy's Episcopal Church

January 25

Human Trafficking Awareness Walk
Downtown Yakima 10:00-11:00am
Starting at Millennium Plaza

Download the Event Flyer

In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Sponsored by Mercy Project of Washington (eMPOWer), Our Voice7 Ministry, and Comprehensive's Crime Victim Advocacy Program

January 26

REST Training Day

9am - 4:30pm
UW School of Social Work, Seattle
Fee: $24, includes lunch

Join the R.E.S.T. team to learn more about the Dynamics of Sex Trafficking; the Sex Industry in Seattle; and Direct Outreach to girls, women and men.

January 28

Webinar on Survivor-Centered, Trauma-Informed Advocacy and Services for Human Trafficking Victims

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. ET, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA), with support from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), is conducting a 90-minute webinar on Survivor-Centered, Trauma-Informed Advocacy and Services for Human Trafficking Victims.

Join the presenters, Chic Dabby, from the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, and Cindy Liou, with Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, in:

  • Defining human trafficking and analyzing the root causes and socioeconomic factors of trafficking; distinguishing between trafficking and human smuggling, and the different manifestations and victim profiles of trafficking, including minors and adults, foreign nationals and U.S.-born individuals.
  • Learning the current trends in labor and sex trafficking of immigrant and U.S. born individuals; the legal remedies available; and how laws and policies shape the responses to human trafficking.
  • Identifying critical considerations and interventions at various points of contact – such as arrest, legal services, health and mental health services, and shelters – to better formulate collaborative partnerships among multidisciplinary agencies.
  • Understanding trauma from repeated victimization, how this influences help-seeking behaviors, and how trauma-informed practices can guide case management.

Consider participating if you are:

  • Staff and program grantees from the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security.
  • Direct victim service providers, including system-based victim advocates, domestic violence and sexual assault service providers, and child advocacy program staff.
  • Community-based providers of social services, and mental health and substance abuse program staff.
  • Run-away/homeless youth service providers, and advocates from immigrant and refugee service programs.

January 29

Stolen Youth presents “Not on Our Watch: Responding to Sex Trafficking Locally” - Seattle Town Hall event on Human Trafficking

Over three years ago, a Town Hall event on human trafficking sparked dramatic change in our community. You won't want to miss this follow up event. More information


Tickets: $10 at www.brownpapertickets.com

See the event flyer for more information.

February 20

Serving Youth of Color in the Anti-Trafficking Movement

Seattle research into sex trafficking clearly shows that youth of color are disproportionately exploited on our streets. But are voices of color heard in the anti-trafficking movement? And how are youth of color being served?

Hear from Nature Carter about her work with trafficking victims of color starting before they were even called trafficking victims. Nature will share also share about her current role at POCAAN (People of Color Against AIDS Network) and how their efforts against HIV and youth violence connect to issues of human trafficking.

Organized by Seattle Against Slavery
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Feb. 21-22

Justice Conference Simulcast

Download the Flyer
Hosted at Bethel Church

February 22

Human Trafficking Awareness Training
Open Bible Church 2:00-4:00pm
2701 W. Lincoln Avenue, Yakima
Download the flyer

Speaker - Barb Justis
Sponsored by Our.Voice7 Ministry with eMPOWER and Freedom House Ministries

March 7

Gang TRAP (Trafficking Response and Prevention) Training
Shared Hope International
Criminal Justice Training Academy

The FBI reported in 2011 that gangs were trafficking in 35 states. The video to be debuted at the training hosts 14 interviews with professionals from several sectors and two survivors of gang trafficking in three locations across the U.S.

More information and registration

Law enforcement must register through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Click here to access registration.

March 13

Faith Justice Network Meeting

Kennewick Mid-Columbia Library
1620 S. Union Street Kennewick, WA 99338

My Friend’s Place will be the featured ministry at the next Faith Justice Network Meeting. My Friends Place is Southeastern Washington’s first safe overnight sanctuary for homeless teens. They provide immediate basic human survival needs for youth on the streets; warm meals, showers, laundry, and a safe place to rest, for youth ages 13 through 17.

Representatives from My Friends Place will be speaking about their shelter and how it relates to trafficking with the homeless youth in our area.

March 13

Digital Strategies to Prevent Trafficking

Let's use our technology to help others reach freedom!

Traffickers are using technology to exploit workers and sell sex online, so why isn't the anti-trafficking movement responding in the same way? Robert Beiser, executive director of Seattle Against Slavery, will share exciting new approaches to stop buyers, reach out to victims, and use everyday tools like text and email to help bring freedom to others.

Parrington Hall, University of Washington
Seattle, WA, 98105

March 19
West Pasco 

Trauma Focused Counseling Training
Bethel Church - West Pasco Campus (both sessions at this location)
(Broadmoor Park Shopping Center)
5202 Outlet Drive, West Pasco  99301

Session for Professional Counselors - "Trauma-Focused Therapy"
(includes one-hour lunch break)
Questions? Contact Tricia.MacFarlan@bethel-church.org

Session for Lay People - Trauma 101: " Dealing with Trauma in Children & Adults”
Free - No Registration Required
Questions? Contact Angela Hufford 509-628-0150

Lay session focuses on the needs of lay people involved with fostered or adopted children, trafficking victims, veterans, homeless, or other traumatized’ persons

Learn more

April 1

Siddharth Kara: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery
Gonzaga University Presidential Series
7pm - McCarthey Athletic Center

Tickets to the event are available at the McCarthey Athletic Center or online at www.gonzaga.edu.
Download the Event Poster

An educational and eye-opening evening with an expert and multi-national government, law, and policy advisor whose courageous and intensive work offers a plan for addressing the entrenched and complex problem of human trafficking and modern slavery. The phenomena of human trafficking and modern slavery have begun to attract a great deal of attention, recently, and we are pleased that Gonzaga’s next Presidential Speaker will help us understand and respond to this complicated and profound problem. Since first encountering human trafficking in a Bosnian refugee camp in the 1990s, Mr. Kara left a career in finance to research modern slavery. He has traveled to more than thirty countries across six contents to personally document over 1,300 slave cases, witnessing firsthand the sale of humans into slavery, and sometimes confronting the exploiters.

April 11

8th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence
Hosted by Comprehensive Mental Health

There is an old saying: “You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes.” This march will ask men to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it is fun and it gets the community to talk about something that's really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexual violence. The Yakima Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Program provides 24 hour crisis intervention, an advocate during medical and legal procedures, support groups and therapy as well as prevention education. Please join us is raising awareness in the Yakima Valley.

Download the Save the Date card

Please contact Emily Maris at (509) 576.4306 for information on how to join a team or form one of your own.

April 30

Seminar on Human Trafficking "21 MILLION SLAVES - Stand Up For Human Worth"
CWU Campus 4:30-7:30pm

Interactive breakout sessions with speakers on various topics of local and global sex and labor trafficking. Keynote Speaker from World Vision.
Sponsored by CWU Human Trafficking Club, Juneteenth Central Washington, Center for Social Justice and Diversity, and Kittitas Valley Chapter of Women of Vision.

News Report

May 6

Nordic Prostitution Model

The Nordic Model criminalizes the exploiters and third-party profiteers of prostitution: buyers, procurers, pimps and traffickers. The law simultaneously decriminalizes those exploited in the prostitution industry: mainly women and youth.

Learn more on Tuesday, May 6th at 7pm

Location: Powerful Schools
              3401 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA, 98144

May 14
Online Webinar

Safe Online Surfing 
2:00-3:00 pm ET

For this month's webinar, MECP has partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Violent Crimes Against Children Section.

This webinar will explore the various dynamics of child online exploitation and other dangers children face online. The presenters will feature FBI's Safe Online Surfing program (FBI-SOS), a free educational Internet program that promotes citizenship and teaches children in grades 3rd-8th how to recognize and respond to online dangers. The presenters will also demonstrate how parents and schools can utilize the SOS program to positively impact children's awareness of the deception and methods of online predators.

Register Free!

May 17

Human Trafficking Awareness Training
11:30am - 12:30am
Ellensburg Pasta Company
600 N. Main Street

Organized by Juneteenth CW

May 29

Adult Labor and Sex Trafficking
Organized by Seattle Against Slavery

Hear from an expert working directly with survivors: Hao Nguyen has worked with API Chaya for the last 5 years as the Anti Trafficking Program Coordinator. Please join us May 29th to hear about her work experiences. She will discuss some recent cases, what she sees as the gaps in service provision, and talk to us about what we can do to help fill these gaps.

Thursday, May 29th
7pm - 8:30pm
University Presbyterian Church - 3rd Floor
4540 15th Ave. NE, 98105

June 9

Faith Justice Network
Small World Learning Center
1120 North Road 40
Pasco, WA 99301

Senator Sharon Brown will speak on the recent legislative changes and laws regarding trafficking and she will discuss the needs that still need to be addressed. Detective Lee Barrow from the Pasco Police Department will talk about what they are seeing regarding trafficking.

June 18

The SMART Model
2:00-3:30 pm ET - FREE

This month's webinar will discuss the long term mental health effects of child sexual abuse and provide an overview of the SMART (Safety, Mentoring, Advocacy, Recovery, and Treatment) model. The SMART model is an integrative approach to promote recovery from symptoms, decrease/eliminate problematic sexual behavior (PSB), prevent future abuse and strengthen resiliency in young children and their families. This model is a structured, trauma informed, victim centered, and family focused system that uses family narrative and parallel child narrative to address the impact of trauma and recovery on the family system and the child's experiences as a victim and as one who victimizes others.

July 17th

Global Trafficking (And How To Help)
All Saints Church
1716 2nd Ave N
(Queen Anne)
Seattle, WA, 98109

Jennifer Oswald, an attorney with International Justice Mission, will speak about her work to combat commercial sexual exploitation of minors in South Asia. She will discuss the scope of trafficking, vulnerabilities of the population, and the rescue and aftercare of the survivors. She will also talk about what we can do locally to make an impact

July 19th

R.E.S.T. Training

Learn about the dynamics of sex trafficking, the sex industry in Seattle; and direct outreach with girls, women, and men. Open to community members who want to consider how they can make a difference in Seattle and beyond. - See more

Where:  UW School of Social Work 4101 15th AVE NE Room 305, Seattle, WA 98105

Fee: $24, includes lunch

July 24

Trafficking in Indian Country 
2:00-3:00 pm ET
Register (free)

MECP has partnered with the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program to host the Tribal and Human Trafficking Thursdays Series. This series will bring together state, local and tribal subject matter experts (SME) to identify common types of violence, risk factors for violence and signs of possible victimization among children, including those in tribal country. Presenters will also include trafficking survivors and victim advocates who will share their stories and perspectives on developing victim-centric responses in an effort to more effectively serve and support child victims. The series will identify solutions to increase collaboration between state, local, and tribal communities in response to the exploitation of children and other forms of child victimization issues, develop appropriate agency responses, and effectively address the needs of victims. 

Human trafficking is an issue that has proven not to have cultural, socio-economic, or local boundaries. Globally, there has seen a rise in the number of reported trafficking cases, and as is evident from recent reports no one community is exempt. While there is no one common profile for victims of trafficking, particular populations merit special consideration, as they are characterized by additional vulnerabilities. This webinar is part one of a two-part segment, entitled Trafficking in Indian Country. The webinar will explore the unique factors that place tribal youth most at risk for victimization and exploitation. It will discuss the considerations for working with tribal youth as well as with tribal authorities on investigations.

Participants will:

  • Develop a knowledge of the cultural considerations for working with Tribal Communities
  • Develop a knowledge of jurisdictional considerations for working with tin Indian Country
  • Develop a knowledge of the barriers when addressing issues related to trafficking in Indian Country 

About the Presenter

Valerie Bribiescas is a Detective with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Arizona where she specializes in crimes of violence, child abuse and family violence investigations. Detective Bribiescas is a nationally recognized expert on the cultural complexities of law enforcement operations on tribal lands and advanced forensic interviewing.  She teaches law enforcement officers, prosecutors,  and child protection officials culturally based approaches to conducting forensic interviews involving Native American children and adults.  She has taught for the Arizona Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, the Advanced Forensic Interview Training sponsored through Prevent Child Abuse AZ, as well as various tribal, state, local, and federal agencies.

Ms. Bribiescas holds a Masters Degree of Education through Northern Arizona University.  She is also an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.

July 26th

July Seattle Against Slavery Volunteer Training

University Presbyterian Church
4540 15th Ave NE
Room 340/345
Seattle, Washington 98105

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Please join us for our three hour volunteer training session. Learn about trafficking worldwide and what we are doing to combat it right here in Seattle. This is a great opportuntity to learn more about Seattle Against Slavery and the different volunteer positions we have available! 

Coffee and snacks will be served

August 9

Men's March Against Demand
Seattle Against Slavery

Be part of a real solution to reduce sex trafficking - reducing Men's demand for commercial sex. Sign up now and get ready to let MEN in Seattle know that they can reduce the violence of trafficking by not buying sex! Take one Saturday morning to help launch something that could SAVE LIVES.

August 20

International Justice Mission Advocacy Training

Featured Speaker - Kate Case, Regional Advocacy Coordinator

Download the flyer

August 28

Trafficking in Indian Country - Part II 
2:00-3:00 pm ET
Register (free)

Please join MECP and the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program for Part II of Trafficking in Indian Country

Part II will expand on the jurisdictional and cultural considerations covered in Part I to highlight strategies for investigating trafficking in Indian Country. The webinar will also explore the unique factors that place tribal youth most at risk for victimization and exploitation. 

Participants will:  

  • Learn the importance of identifying the trafficker and reasons why they prey on Native American women and children.
  • Recognize the unique challenges and barriers of trafficking cases in Indian Country.
  • Understand the victim-centered approach during the Investigation.

Part I is available for viewing in the MECP webinar archive.

September 11

Seattle Premier - 8 Days
Benefiting Shared Hope International

AMC Theater
600 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

5:30 pm - Red carpet opens for media
6:00 pm - Red carpet arrivals
7:00 pm - Screening begins

September 13

Run/Walk to Stop Human Trafficking

Sponsored by TCSAT (Tri Cities Soroptimist Against Trafficking)

Get more info and register

September 17

Risk Factors and Indicators of Technology Facilitated Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation
2:00-3:30 pm ET

This presentation will describe indicators and risk factors contributing to the victimization of youth by sex traffickers. The presenter will provide an overview of how technology facilitates child sex trafficking including the recruitment and control of victims and the marketing of victims for commercial sexual exploitation. The presenter will focus on prevention through awareness and provide child protection tips to those who care for or supervise youth.    

Participants will be able to:

  • Define the legal definition of child sex trafficking
  • Identify indicators of youth at-risk of child sex trafficking and exploitation
  • Identify technology related methods used to entice and control youth for child sex trafficking and exploitation
  • Identify strategies to reduce the risk factors associated with technology facilitated child sex trafficking and exploitation 

To register for this webinar, Risk Factors and Indicators of Technology Facilitated Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation

September 5th

Cupcakes for Freedom

Sara Jean's Sweets Shop & Moose Track Coffee

Organized by Juneteenth CW - learn more

September 22

Stopping Sexual Exploitation
What's A Man To Do?

Monday, Sept. 22nd at 7pm
All Saints Church
1716 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Peter Qualliotine, Co-Founder of the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) will be speaking about the effects of men's demand for commercial sex. Join us as we unpack, examine and explore how gender socialization contributes to male sexual identity, prostitution and gender based violence. 

September 27
Bellevue, WA

Freedom Dinner - Rescue Freedom International
The Westin

Get tickets and learn more about RFI

October 18th
Seattle, WA

R.E.S.T. Training

Saturday, October 18th, 9-4:30pm
Seattle First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98119
Fee: $24
Register Here
Info or questions:  info@iwantrest.com

Learn about the dynamics of sex trafficking, the sex industry in Seattle; and direct outreach with girls, women, and men. Open to community members who want to consider how they can make a difference in Seattle and beyond.

October 23rd

Human Trafficking From a Survivor's Perspective
October 23, 2014
2:00-3:00 pm ET (Note Eastern Standard Time)
Register (free)

MECP and the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program invite you to participate in this month's webinar with Asia Graves, human trafficking survivor and survivor advocate, who will share her journey from exploitation to empowerment. 

Asia will discuss the factors that led to her running away from home and entering “the life”. She will provide her perspective on the characteristics of victims of trafficking, circumstances that make trafficking victims vulnerable to reentering “the life”, and methods to best support victims during investigations. 

Participants will:

  • Understand human trafficking from the victim perspective.
  • Recognize the unique challenges and barriers trafficking victims face in leaving exploitative situations. 
  • Identify victim-centered approaches to working with trafficking victims 

Asia Graves is a survivor of human trafficking who uses her past experiences to help others understand the scope of trafficking in the United States. She served as a Service Coordinator and Survivor Advocate for FAIR Girls for 2 years. Prior to FAIR Girls, Asia worked with various non-profits throughout the country to raise awareness on trafficking. She also had various volunteer teaching positions in several public high schools in the Boston area. She is a guest blogger for the Huffington Post and has been featured in USA Today, Boston Globe, Marie Claire, and the New York Times. She has been a guest on Melissa Harris Perry's Show, Nightline, and the Katie Show. She has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Asia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee.

October 27th
Seattle, WA
Understanding Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Youth
Monday - October 27th, 7pm
Hear Leslie Briner speak about her work as the Commercial Sexual Exploitation Training and Policy Coordinator for YouthCare.

She will be discussing the social and cultural context of sexual exploitation and prostitution, risk factors, identification, and local resources.
October 31st
Watch Online

Activism Then and Now:
Lessons from the Abolitionist Movement that we can use now in the fight to end sexual exploitation

Presented by: Historians Against Slavery
Date: October 31, 2014
Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm Eastern Time

Location: Watch Online

November 5

Sex Trafficking Seminar for Students
A Seminar for Students from a Healthcare Provider's Perspective

9:00am - 5:00pm

For more information

November 6

Law Enforcement & Prosecutors Workshop

For more information

November 7

Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: a Seminar for Nurse Practitioners

Learn more

December 1

Faith Justice Network Quarterly Meeting
Kennewick Public Library Mid-Columbia Libraries
1620 S. Union Street Kennewick, WA 99338

Speakers: International Justice Professionals Brent & Jan Pfundheller. 

Both have extensive overseas experience with justice issues. 

Brent spent a year and a half in India working with International Justice Mission rescuing girls from sex-trafficking and has served as an international investigator for the War Crimes Tribunal in Europe and served with the US State Department in the middle east. This followed a career in law enforcement in Washington State.

Jan served as the Director for Gender & Human Rights Programs Police Development Program – Iraq and Baghdad, Technical Advisor, USAID, Colombo Sri Lanka International Independent Group of Eminent Persons, Investigation into Human Rights Violations; and numerous other international posts following her work as a detective for the city of Bremerton and state of Washington.

Both are very familiar with human trafficking issues nationally and internationally and will share their experiences with us.

January 17, 2015
Vancouver, WA

NO MORE Summit
National Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation
7:30 am - 5:00pm

Come join us in Vancouver, Washington on Saturday, January 17, 2015. National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE) will host a No More Summit.

Emcee for the day: Lisa Guerrero, Chief Investigative Correspondent at 'Inside Edition' and NWCAVE Media Council Ambassador

Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Presenters:
Clark County Human Trafficking Task Force
Chuck and Judy Cox (parents of Susan Cox Powell)
Denise Olsen (Susan's sister)
Attorney Anne Bremner
Dr. Kathie Mathis
and many more!

Topics and resources will include:
Sexual Assault
Domestic Violence
Rape and Untested Rape Kits
Human Trafficking & Exploitation
Child Safety, Prevention and Missing Children
Media Strategies
Bullying and Online Issues
LGBTQ Hate Crimes and Prevention

Learn more: visit www.NoMoreSummit.org for news and updates.

January 24

Anti-Trafficking Awareness Walk

Millenium Plaza, Downtown Yakima
9:30am - 11:15am

More information

News coverage from KNDO
News coverage in the Yakima Herald

January 27

Human Trafficking Awareness Forum

Eisenhower High School
Local Speakers include Chad Janis, YPD; Suzi Carpino, FIRME; and Gina Teran, Victim Advocate.

Watch a segment from the "Not My Life" film on sex trafficking in the United States and pick up informational materials on domestic minor sex trafficking in the Yakima Valley.

Download the poster

Organized by the Eisenhower Rotaract Club

January 29

Gangs in Tribal Communities

January 29th, 2015
2:00-3:30 PM ET
Register - Free!

MECP and the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program invite you to participate in this month's webinar with Chris Cuestas from the National Violence Prevention Resource Center. Mr. Cuestas will provide an overview of sex trafficking in tribal communities and discuss the emergence of criminal street gangs on Native American reservations. Mr. Cuestas will also highlight community risk factors among tribal communities that facilitates the development of criminal street gangs and provide strategies for effectively addressing and responding to this issue.

Participants will:

  • Identify local and national trends on sex trafficking
  • Understand the unique risk factors among gang organizations and sex trafficking
  • Recognize the impact of gangs in Tribal Lands
  • Discover how technology facilitates sex trafficking
  • Identify tribal community responses to address gangs and sex trafficking 
February 4th

Unheard Voices: Human and Labor Trafficking Awareness
Central Washington University
6:30pm - 9:00pm


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February 5th


February 11th

Advocacy Training

Two dates available:

February 5th 7-9pm
The Salvation Army Community Center Tacoma, WA 98405

February 11th 7-9pm
Live Webinar

Anyone who desires to see sustainable change to benefit survivors and the vulnerable through promoting policies


  1. Learn current gaps in policies and recommendations
  2. Ways to advocate as an individual or as an organization
  3. How WAE will continue to educate and support advocacy?

Additional information on your news blog HERE

$25 per attendee


For more information, contact: advocacy@waengage.com

Four Venues & Dates:
Kent – Mar 9
Lacey – Mar 12
Tacoma – Mar 17
Bellevue– Mar 19

CULTURAL GROOMING: Uncovering Vulnerabilities to Trafficking in our Communities

Washington Engage invites you to an evening exploring vulnerabilities to trafficking in our communities. What is “cultural grooming” and how is it impacting children, youth and adults? How does it relate to sexual violence and sex trafficking?

The program will include:
DRAMA written and directed by Playwright–in-Residence Bryan Willis
KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Dr. Carolyn West, award-winning author and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington

Click here for executive summary of the Cultural Grooming Forum

Kent – March 9
Lacey – March 12
Tacoma – March 17
Bellevue – March 19

What will you learn?
Sexualization: what are its adverse effects on our children and youth, as well as adults?
Sex industry: what is the difference between empowerment and exploitation?
Future plans: what are some tangible next steps? 

Come and explore ways to respond to cultural grooming in your community!

Who should attend?
The Cultural Grooming Forum is designed for anyone wanting to dig deeper and explore a growing correlation between sex trafficking and the sexualization of our culture.
Teachers, parents, youth workers - anyone concerned for children and youth
Civic leaders, political leaders, business leaders - anyone with influence to effectuate change
Concerned citizens - anyone wanting to be part of the solution

Bio of Dr. Carolyn West
Dr. Carolyn West is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. With more than two decades of teaching experience, she writes, trains, consults, and lectures internationally on intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Dr. West is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program and was the first holder of the Bartley Dobb Professorship for the Study and Prevention of Violence (2005-2008). With more than 20 years of teaching experience, she has developed the following courses: Family Violence, Psychology of Black Women, Sexual Deviance, and Sex Crimes and Sexual Violence. In 2011, the University of Washington awarded her the Outstanding Woman of the Year Award.

Bio of Bryan Willis
Bryan Willis serves as playwright-in-residence for the Northwest Playwrights Alliance at Seattle Repertory Theatre. His most recent commission, Seven Ways to Get There, will premiere in February at A.C.T. in Seattle, directed by John Langs. Bryan’s plays have appeared throughout the U.K., Israel, Japan, U.S. and Canada, including New York Theater Workshop, Milwaukee Rep, Unseam’d Shakespeare Co., Book-It Repertory Theatre and Riverside Studios in London. His work has also been featured on NPR and BBC Radio (commission for Sophie). Bryan is the proud recipient of a Theater Fellowship from Artist Trust and has worked in the literary departments of many theaters, including Lincoln Center (NYU's Playwright-in-Residence) and Playwrights Horizons. He lives in his hometown, Olympia, with his son Zach in their new home: Willoughby, Significantly Close to the Sea.

April 23

Linda Smith Speaks in Ellensburg

Hal Homes Community Center
209 N Ruby St, Ellensburg, WA 98926
noon - 1:30pm

Bring your sack lunch or snacks provided by Women of Vision, Kittitas County FREE OF CHARGE

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We are very privileged to have Linda Smith, come speak to those interested in the Ellensburg area. Linda is a leader in the global movement to end sex trafficking of women and children around the world and in the United States. In 1998, while still a member of the U.S. Congress, Linda traveled to Falkland Road in Mumbai, India—one of the worst brothel districts in the world. The hopeless faces of desperate women and children forced into prostitution compelled Linda to found Shared Hope International (SHI). SHI was established to support shelter and service creation for sex trafficking survivors using a comprehensive model for restoration. Today, Shared Hope provides leadership in education and training, prevention strategies, research, and policy initiatives.

As a foremost expert on international and domestic trafficking, Linda has spoken out against the trafficking of women and children in numerous Congressional hearings and in national and international forums, such as the World Conference on Trafficking and the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission on the Protection of Children. Linda has participated in more than 300 media interviews, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, USA Today, Dan Rather Reports, ABC News, the Dr. Phil show, O’Reilly Factor, and CBN. Linda received the 2009 Soroptimist Making a Difference for Women Award and the 2010 Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women. Linda has been published in news outlets and journals around the world; including The New York Times, the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, the International Review of Penal Law, and the Regent University Law Review

Hosted by Women of Vision and the City of Ellensburg

April 29

Stolen Youth Luncheon -  Not On Our Watch

Stolen Youth has made a tremendous difference in the lives of sex trafficked youth in the Seattle area, and their impact continues to expand and deepen. Join them on April 29th for their 3rd annual fundraising luncheon to support efforts to fight youth sex trafficking in Seattle.

Doors 11:30am | Luncheon 12:00pm
The Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Grand Ballroom
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May 1

Deceptions Training
Friday, May 1 - from 8:30am to 3pm

District Boardroom
Kent School District Administration Center
12033 SE 256th St.
Kent, WA 98030

COST: $75 - includes live training, print-out of note-taking material and lunch (NWFS will waive its required online training in lieu of WAE's live training).

Washington Engage (WAE) is hosting a training for Facilitators of Deceptions! Training in this proven program, designed to expose young people to the lures of child sex trafficking and internet dangers, is now available for community volunteers Community volunteers, who successfully complete WAE Facilitator Application form and the May 1 training, will then complete the three-step preparation process: 

· Observation of a classroom presentation,
· Practice in front of trained Facilitators, and 
· Observed presentation in a classroom.

Upon completing these steps, the qualified Facilitator will be authorized to purchase the Deceptions manual and DVDs (cost: $99) from their owners, Northwest Family Services.  

Registration:  http://deceptionstraining.brownpapertickets.com/

May 18

Human Trafficking from a Phillipine Perspective
Monday, May 18th at 6pm
Seattle University

Come to this public forum event featuring the notable Filipina feminist activist, Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB.

This gathering will also include representatives and activists from Seattle-based community organizations, and space for discussion of Seattle University's place in the issue of human trafficking.

May 28

King County: Reaching Sexually Exploited Children: The King County CSEC Task Force

In the past year, one network has quietly reached over 100 youth in King County being exploited or at risk for commercial sexual exploitation. The King County Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Task Force brings together criminal justice, service providers, government agencies, and nonprofits to provide proactive outreach to youth in danger.

Kelly Mangiaracina will share about the how the task force came together, its successes and challenges, and how this model could be a key piece in keeping our children safe.

Thursday, May 28th at 7:00pm
Haller Lake Community Club
12579 Densmore Avenue North, Seattle

June 3

Faith Justice Network Quarterly Meeting

June 3, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Richland Library

Presentation will include: SARC Prevention Specialist, Lindsy Gladstone
along with the video, “Chosen.”

News Coverage of Human Trafficking and Related Subjects in the Pacific Northwest

Putting a face on human trafficking - February 16, 2013 - Seattle Times

Sunnyside mother: 'How could they think that my daughter is just garbage?' - January 6, 2012 - KIMA News

Human trafficking a 'terrible nightmare' for Yakima Valley families - Jan 11, 2012 KIMA News

Searching for Jessica: Area teen likely victim of human trafficking - January 14, 2012 - Yakima Herald Republic

Yakima speaker to focus on human trafficking symptoms - February 13, 2012 - Yakima Herald Republic

New law hopes to keep kids safer - April 2, 2012 - KIMA TV

Hard to tell victim from trafficker, expert tells Yakima audience - June 6, 2012 - Yakima Herald Republic

Funding flap ends Sunnyside’s Promise - August 17, 2012 - Yakima Herald Republic

Yakima eyes reorganization to balance budget - August 21, 2012 - Yakima Herald Republic - info on strip clubs

Editorial on the Daily Sun News regarding recent news of Sunnyside's Promise - Say it isn't so, Deputy Mayor - Daily Sun News - September 1, 2012

Libraries to block Porn Websites - September 26, 2012 - Yakima Herald Republic - (We spoke at the board meeting.)

Strip clubs allowed in Yakima; owners must pass YPD screening - December 11, 2012 - KIMA News

Strip clubs bring sex trafficking concerns - KIMA TV - December 12, 2012

Older News

Thanks to Polaris for this summary of the federal Human Trafficking legislation passed just this week!

2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released by the US State Department.

Webinar released by Polaris on Gang Involved Sex Trafficking

EPCAT USA releases a discussion paper highlighting the lack of recognition of the commercial sexual exploitation of boys in the United States - "And Boys Too"

There is an APP for That ! - Recognize - Report - Recover- Release - If you've ever wondered what you would do to get help if you saw a possible human trafficking victim, a car involved in trafficking or a situation in a business you'd like to report, here is one answer.  Get the Red Light App for your iphone now on itunes and soon for your Android or Microsoft phone. All reports are sent to Homeland Security Investigations or local agencies. To learn more, go to Redlight Traffic

Latest Newsletter from Juneteenth CW in Ellensburg - The Freedom Times

Faith Justice Network of the Tri-Cities profiles the work of three Yakima Valley people who are fighting human trafficking - God’s Intersection: Connecting three lives to battle human sex trafficking! Sept 2013

2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released

Connecting the Dots between Sex Trafficking and Pornography

An Open Letter to Michelle Obama: Beyonce is Not a Role Model

White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking - April 9, 2013

Advocacy Makes a Difference - Write to your Elected Representatives - Our Facebook campaign to get people to write to their legislators about TVPRA re-authorization helped bring about not only a good results (reauthorization), but also the chance to hear direct from the representatives about the issues - see a letter from Patty Murray sent to one of our campaigners!

Our thanks to Inklings Bookshop for featuring several titles in their January 2013 newsletter in conjunction with Human Trafficking Awareness Month!

Washington State earns a "B" in the Protected Innocence Challenge Report Card for 2012 issued 11/29/2012 by Shared Hope International.

ESD 105's November 2012 SNOW Newsletter for School Nurses features an article by our Advocacy Chair on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.

First Zonta DMST newsletter - October 2012 - sent to Illusions/Deceptions participants
Second Zonta DMST newsletter - November 2012

Who Buys Sex? Linking Porn and Human Trafficking - interesting article from the director of Nefarious

Sunnyside's Promise releases "Their Story" - hear the story of a formerly prostituted gang youth and a former gang pimp as they talk about domestic minor trafficking through gangs in the Yakima Valley. Zonta Club of Yakima helped raise money for the production of this video at a luncheon in June 2012.


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