Strictly speaking organizations that focus on rescue are those groups that actively work to free victims from slavery. Often they work alongside government officials to rescue victims from those who are enslaving them. In addition to those group that do direct rescuing, we have listed organizations that offer hospi- tality or other social services to vulnerable populations as rescue agencies. These programs can be the key in “looking beneath the surface” to identify trafficked persons while at the same time they can offering the services necessary to provide freedom from their situation.

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.

International Justice Mission

International Justice Mission (IJM) is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.


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.


POLE Gems mission is to support, empower, and equip people working in all facets of adult entertainment, and victims of sex trafficking, to live healthy, flourishing lives.

Portland's Human Trafficking Task Force

The Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force (OHTTF) was first funded in 2005 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Rahab’s Sisters

Rahab’s Sisters is a hospitality outreach sponsored by a partnership of Portland area Episcopal churches and Imago Dei.  They seek to provide compassionate hospitality and a supportive environment to women marginalized by sexual exploitation, substance abuse and homelessness. 

Safety Compass

Our mission is to offer support for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex-trafficking, navigating the criminal and social justice systems in the mid-Willamette valley, Oregon.

Shared Hope International

Shared Hope International (SHI) exists to prevent, rescue and restore women and children in crisis. They have gained a reputation for prompting legal and political reform against trafficking, and have expertise in restoring women and children worldwide.  They are also leaders in a worldwide effort to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking and slavery through education and public awareness.

The Genesis Project

The Genesis Project is based out of South Seattle, where we provide a drop-in center to meet the needs of prostituted women and trafficking victims. This includes food, hygiene, clothing, and a safe place to rest. We also offer a offer a daytime facility that provides ongoing counseling, job and life skills classes, transportation to medical appointments and court, and access to educational programs such as GED completion. Our hope is to open a safe house before long to give these women another option when they need help in safely and successfully leaving their situation.

The Guardian Group

Founded in 2010, the Guardian Group was created to confront the harsh reality of modern-day slavery, namely child sex slavery, to stop the problem at its source - the point of demand – and to assist in the discovery, identification and intervention of minor victims of sexual exploitation. 


Thorn's mission is to drive technology innovation to fight child exploitation. They partner across private industry, government, NGOs and the general public to use technology to help identify victims, combat predatory behavior, and protect vulnerable children.

Tomorrow's Hope

Tomorrow's Hope is a sex trafficking intervention and prevention ministry of the Transformation Network, a 501 (c)(3) ministry focused on bringing transformation through prayer and acts of justice.  

Transitional Youth

Transitional Youth was founded in 1991 by Bert E. Waugh, Jr., President of Prudential Northwest Properties, in response to the desperate needs of homeless youth.  This faith based, non-profit organization was created to bring meaningful assistance to local, homeless youth.  In 2004 they created their first transitional home for homeless youth in Portland. Since then, they have opened another home in Vancouver and a rural "Home on the Range" near Battle Ground, Washington. Under the loving guidance of a caring “parent” who also holds a strong faith in God, the homes serve several youth at a given time. All residents are required to either be involved in educational programs or employed.  In the future, Transitional Youth hopes to add more transitional homes in the Portland/Vancouver area. 

Youth Guidance Association

Youth Guidance Association (YGA) is licensed by the State of Oregon as a Residential Treatment Program and is a member of the Oregon Alliance of Children's Programs. Their first program, Son Village, was established as a boys’ residential treatment program in the late 1960's as a division of Youth for Christ. In 1972, at the request of Children's Services Division, YGA started a program for girls, Turning Point. Later on they began to run a long term treatment program, Charis Ridge, for boys referred by the Oregon Youth Authority. Two programs for boys currently exist, Son Village and Charis Ridge.