Effective action to prevent trafficking in persons requires a comprehensive approach, including measures to prevent trafficking, to protect victims of such trafficking and to prosecute traffickers. The root causes of trafficking are multifaceted. Human trafficking has grown to become such a large industry because of the seemingly unlimited supply of vulnerable victims and the high demand for sexual and labor exploitation. The “supply factors” relate to a person’s vulnerability to be trafficked. For the purposes of this notebook, organizations that deal with helping and empowering vulnerable individuals who are at a much greater risk of being exploited by others will be considered prevention agencies.

Adorned in Grace

Adorned in Grace Bridal and Formalwear raises awareness and provides funds for the prevention of human trafficking and support for victims.

Bradley Angle

The mission of Bradley Angle is to offer survivors of domestic and sexual violence options for safety, empowerment, healing and hope, while collaborating with our communities to create social change.

Called to Rescue

Dr. Cyndi Romine started Called to Rescue in 1992 after she witnessed, first-hand, the horror of sex trafficking during a trip overseas.   Their mission is to prevent the abduction of children into the sex trafficking behemoth through training, safe houses and education, as well as the rescue of those already held prisoner, by all means available.

Department of Human Services: State of Oregon Foster and Adoptive Parenting

Child victims of abuse and neglect are often more vulnerable to being re-victimized, making children residing in foster care more at risk of being sexually exploited by others.  There are over 8,000 Oregon kids living in foster care today.  At times, foster children run away and are often picked up by law enforcement, if found.  As a runaway, a child’s vulnerability increases to outside dangers such exposure to the outside elements, unstable housing, such as having to trade sexual favors for food, shelter, protection, drugs and/or money, etc.

End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT)

ECPAT International works to make a reality of the Stockholm Agenda for Action against the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). The Agenda was adopted by 122 countries at the First World Congress against CSEC in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1996. 

Freeway 418

Freeway 418 is a ministry of International Teams, a global non-profit organization founded in 1960 that desires to see lives and communities transformed by the power of God. Our mission is to bring people together to help the oppressed. We are passionate about delivering an authentic Gospel that fully integrates mission and compassion, rooted in the person and teaching of Jesus. In all we do, we value people, integrity, empowerment, and excellence.

Girls Inc

Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon inspires girls, ages 8-18, to be strong, smart, and bold. Our gender-specific programs and research-based curricula provide girls with the confidence and self-esteem to access a bright and economically independent future.

GirlStrength / WomenStrength

GirlStrength is a new self-defense program offered through the Portland Police bureau for girls, 10-14 years of age. GirlStrength is a free, comprehensive, self-defense course that focuses on empowering girls and demystifying fear while also teaching verbal assertiveness and physical self-defense skills. 


Hands of Hope

Hands of Hope provides support and hope for at-risk youth who have been affected by generational exploitation and women who have been trafficked, guiding them towards an abundant life in Jesus. This is accomplished through Resources and Advocacy.


HomePlate supports the positive development of young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability through community building, education, access to services and resources, and youth empowerment.

In Our Backyard

In Our Backyard began as a book written by its founder, Nita Belles, Central Oregon’s Regional Director of Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (OATH). The organization now operates as a 501c3 nonprofit under World Impact Network. Belles' goal is to raise awareness about human trafficking happening right here in our communities, and advocate for victims through work with law enforcement and legislation. 

Mending the Soul Ministries

Mending the Soul Ministries, Inc.  (MTS) is a nonprofit organization that empowers community leaders to work with groups of people affected by trauma and abuse, enabling those people to heal. By equipping leaders with life-changing resources, Mending the Soul has an exponential impact around the world. . Mending the Soul Ministries is a non-denominational, evangelical, nonprofit organization that offers hope and healing to the wounded and vulnerable in the name of the Lord Jesus.

New Avenues for Youth

New Avenues for Youth provides a variety of outcome-based programs and services designed to empower youth to exit street life and lead healthy, independent lives. The New Avenues model ensures that each youth has the opportunity to build life-skills, establish a stable living environment, and eventually become a self-sufficient adult.

Operation 61

Our mission is that we REACH those who are vulnerable, RESCUE those held in bondage, and RESTORE them back to a place where they can experience freedom and dignity.


p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year our programs serve almost 900 homeless and transitional young people ages 15 to 24.