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Sex Trafficking: Cause, Care and Cure - Issue Forum
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Date(s): February 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM  PST - 8:00 PM  PST
Kell's Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd, Portland, OR 97204



What can we do about sex trafficking, often referred to as prostitution? Learn from those involved in fighting this atrocity and surviving this atrocity.

Ron Clark will talk about misogyny, which is the fundamental base of sex trafficking. Robin Miller from LifeworksNW, who is also a survivor, and staff from the CSEC division (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) of SARC (Sexual Assault Resource Center) will how to care for victims to help them towards recovery. There are many phases of recovery from overcoming addiction problems and trauma bonding, to learning new social and career skills. Tomas Perez, founder of EPIK Project will discuss how to stop this from occurring in the first place, addressing the demand side, and how his organization is helping mentor men.


Ron Clark is a pastor at the Agape Church of Christ. He is an author, seminary instructor, and member of various local abuse, homeless, and men’s engagement groups in Portland addressing intersections between abuse, men’s violence, and oppression. Ron was also a member of the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force. His trainings in the societal oppression of women through misogyny in the media and elsewhere is very powerful. The Oregon Sexual Assault Task force provides multidisciplinary coordination, technical support, training, and program assistance to professionals in Oregon and nationally and utilizes a survivor-driven approach

Robin Miller is Case Manager at LifeworksNW New Options for Women (NOW program). The NOW Program seeks to help women who have been impacted by prostitution to create safe, stable, productive, and healthy lives outside of the sex industry; through mental health, chemical dependency, and case management services. Robin is a survivor and knows how to relate one-on-one with these women and help them to realize their potential. She works as a Recovery Mentor and prior to LifeworksNW has also worked for other organizations fighting this atrocity.

Tomas Perez founded the EPIK project in 2012 as a response to the horrific reality of people being bought and sold for sex against their will. Since then EPIK has become a national leader in the anti-trafficking movement. To date they have disrupted almost 20,000 attempts by men intent on purchasing another human being for sex and are poised to reach 100,000 in 2017. They use technology to disrupt the purchase of human beings for sex at the point of sale. By functioning as a highly trained and sophisticated neighborhood watch program they are able to provide law enforcement with specific information related to the illegal activity of prostitution to assist them in their efforts to also combat sex trafficking. They have men trained and mobilized across the country.

The Sexual Assault Resource Center is a non-profit organization that relies on community contributions to fund our vital work. We receive grants from the Department of Justice, money from the cities of Washington County, and we hold an annual fund-raiser called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (more information here). We rely on the support of people in the community to help sustain and improve our programs. At SARC we use the word survivor rather than victim to describe someone who has been sexually assaulted. We do this in order to reflect the person's strength and healing capacity. We operate on the basis of empowering the survivor by encouraging them to make their own choices. We recognize that sexual assault is based on anger, power, and control and it never the survivor's fault.
Doors open 5:30pm. Program begins at 6:00pm.


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