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.

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 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.