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Human Trafficking: Rescuing Victims - Issue Forum
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Date(s): May 23, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM  PST - 7:30 PM  PST
Kell's Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd, Portland OR

Human Trafficking victims rarely self-identify and are hard to rescue. The Portland Police Bureau, Called to Rescue, Our Mother’s House, Rahab’s Sisters will tell us about their work to identify and rescue victims and potential victims. 

Natasha is a Police Officer in charge of the current Portland Police efforts and initiative to address human trafficking occurring in Oregon. They have just launched a city/statewide anti-foreign-born trafficking campaign “Red Means Help”, which helps to identify and rescue foreign-born victims.  

Called to Rescue works with police to help find and rescue missing children here and abroad. Founder/Executive Director Cyndi Romine is a pastor and has worked as a missionary in various overseas countries.  During her time in The Philippines she saw a young girl being sold for sex.  It changed her life and she started her ministry then to fight sex trafficking.  Just in the past year, Called To Rescue has helped free over 1,400 children from sex trafficking and abuse.

Our Mother’s House mostly works with women who have been trafficked but who are in still in prostitution with a particular focus on those who are pregnant, and mothers and their children. Natalie Chambers is a Board Member of Global Health Promise and the Co-Director of Our Mother's House. She is a Portland, Ore. native who has worked in community mental health and outpatient counseling centers, working primarily with women and women’s issues. She recently began her own practice in Camas, Washington. Prior to working as a licensed mental health counselor, Natalie has mentored at risk youth both in the U.S. and internationally.

Rahab’s Sisters opens their doors to girls on 82nd avenue for food and solace. Crystal Kordowski is the Head of Sales and Marketing for Seamless Event Solutions, and she’s also the volunteer President for Rahab’s Sisters.  Every Friday night Saints Peter and Paul Episcopal Church on Southeast 82nd Avenue transforms into a place with food and fellowship for Rahab’s Sisters, a nonprofit that provides meals, toiletries and even pedicures to women who are in the sex trade, living in poverty or are homeless.  The three are very connected.

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