Organizations that focus on awareness are seeking to educate the public on the scope of human trafficking locally or internationally. Awareness is based upon the premise that you need to know the problem to solve it. Awareness encourages the public “to look beneath the surface” and become cognizant of the trafficked victims in your own environment or outraged at the world wide injustices that allow this to happen. Awareness work can focus on speaking engagements, workshops, trainings, social and internet networking, posting flyers, hosting special events, and other creative efforts to get the word out concerning the 27 million men, women and children today who are held in slavery.

Oregonians Against the Trafficking of Humans

Oregonians Against the Trafficking of Humans (OATH) is a statewide campaign that promotes public awareness regarding the realities of human trafficking within the state of Oregon. Our goal is to prevent the exploitation of men, women and youth, by educating and promoting practical community engagement by Oregonians in order to end the tragedy of trafficking. 

Polaris Project: The National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Polaris Project is one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in the United States and Japan. Polaris Projects has a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking which includes conducting direct outreach and victim identification and providing social services and transi- tional housing to victims. They also provide training and technical assistance through NTTAP (more info below). Additionally, Polaris Project operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) that serves as the central national hotline on human trafficking. It advocates for stronger state and federal anti-trafficking legislation and engages community members in local and national grassroots efforts. They currently have local projects in Washington DC. Colorado, New Jersey and Tokyo, Japan.

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.

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 Defenders USA

The Defenders USA is a coalition of men across the United States who are opposed to all forms of commercialized sex. We’re guys who take a pledge and take action. We educate, equip, and empower other men to fight against the sex industry, and protect their families.

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. 

Transformation Network

Our mission is to build a proven-intervention and prevention program that reaches the young people most at risk of falling into the sex trade and guides them into becoming productive and empowered individuals.

Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT)

When truck drivers break at a rest stop, they're often confronted by young girls working in the sex trade - a trend a new human rights campaign hopes to combat.  

UnBound Seattle

UnBound was founded with the mission of collaborating with local community and service providers to fight human trafficking. UnBound Seattle addresses human trafficking through prevention, community education, and survivor advocacy. 

Union Gospel Mission

Union Gospel Mission was founded in 1927 when 40 area churches came together seeking to minister to the homeless on the streets of Portland. From that beginning Union Gospel Mission has been serving the homeless, the hopeless and those in need consistently since that first chapel service in 1928. Union Gospel Mission is home to "LifeChange," an innovative addiction recovery community serving men and women. Union Gospel Mission serves more than 170,000 meals annually to those in need and provides clothing, referrals and spiritual support to people in need in the Portland area. 




Youth Ending Slavery

YES strives to empower youth, raise awareness of the prevalence of modern day slavery, and promote legislative change.