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.

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.

Pure Desire Ministries International

Pure Desire Ministries is devoted to healing men and women who have become addicted to sexual behaviors harmful to their social, family, and spiritual well-being. By supporting local churches, Pure Desire is setting men and women free, so they can walk in the saving grace of the Lord.

Pure Life Alliance

Pure Life Alliance is committed to restoring wholeness for those affected by sexual brokenness.  Pure Life Alliance is an intra-church ministry linking resources between and within churches to work together for sexual purity.  The desire is to assist men and women in their pursuit of healthy sexuality, restore marriages and deepen couples' relationship with Christ. 

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. 

Sexual Assault Resource Center

SARC’s mission is to promote social justice by eliminating sexual violence through advocacy, education, and support. Founded in 1977 by two sexual assault survivors, SARC seeks to provide immediate response and support to sexually assaulted survivors and empower them to heal and regain control of their lives

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 EPIK Project

The EPIK Project is a mobilization strategy designed to engage men in the fight to end the demand for prostituted kids in America. They do this by calling men to commit to two simple things.

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. 

The Mentoring Project

The Mentoring Project (TMProject) exists to recruit, train, resource and advocate for mentors so that we can rewrite the fatherless story through mentoring. TMProject is an advocacy and training organization that serves as a liaison between faith communities and matching agencies to provide mentors for fatherless youth. 


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.  

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.

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. 

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.