What is Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking is a crime that exploits men, women and children. Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, which is induced by force, fraud, or coercion. When an adult is coerced, forced or deceived into prostitution–or maintained in prostitution through coercion–that person is a victim of trafficking.
Human Trafficking in the Northwest: There are a lot of facts and statistics about sex trafficking. Because the nature of this dark industry is not only subversive, and constantly changing, such numbers are difficult to confirm and become outdated quickly. We do know human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world and growing at an alarming rate in the Portland/Vancouver area. It exists in every community and crosses all social and economic borders.
Local law enforcement estimates approximately two hundred girls may be trafficked at any given time in the Portland area. The statistics are much higher when including the victims who have not been identified.
Approximately 80-90 percent of sexually exploited children have a history of being sexually abused.
About 90 percent of those sex-trafficked are runaways or missing children.
It’s estimated that 75% of runaways are approached by a pimp within 48 hours.
The vision of Door to Grace (DTG) is to “restore life to children” rescued from sex trafficking in Oregon. DTG was launched in 2009 as an initiative by one Portland-area church, and quickly grew as other churches and organizations learned about its vision. DTG received its IRS tax-exempt status in November 2009. In 2012, DTG became licensed by the state of Oregon as a child-caring agency. Currently DTG is recruiting, certifying, and training host homes and providing daytime support services for minor sex trafficking victims in Oregon, primarily in the Willamette Valley. Door to Grace’s goal is to foster healthy relationships and move these children from surviving to thriving with productive lives in our communities.
As part of its mission, Door to Grace:
Certifies host homes for minor victims of sex trafficking.
Provides as-needed support services including medical, educational, recreational, relational, and faith development through all host homes and its REACH (Restore, Educate, Activity, Community, Home) daytime program.
Trains and equips Christian churches, their members, and communities at large to provide safe, healthy relationship and long-term support to sex trafficking survivors.
Collaborates with local social service agencies who are also working with these youth.
Door to Grace needs:
HOMES: Interested married couples or single women to provide both long-term and short-term homes to minor girls who have been trafficked.
VOLUNTEERS: Interested individuals to help with its daytime services, which includes 1:1 mentoring of girls, REACH daytime program, administrative help, and/or one-time projects.
DONATIONS: Financial and gift card donations contribute to the success of the REACH program and help achieve the goal of providing host homes for the youth.
Door to Grace provides training on trauma and abuse, adolescent growth and development, and behavior management for volunteers who work directly with the girls. If you are interested in volunteering at the Day Home, becoming a certified host home, please use contact information below. You can also visit their website for more information: Door To Grace
Adorned in Grace raises awareness and provides funds to bring hope and healing to at-risk girls and victims of human trafficking by repurposing and redesigning new and gently used bridal, formalwear and accessories.
Through the Adorned in Grace Bridal and Formalwear Shop in the Fred Meyer Raleigh Hills Marketplace complex, sales associates and facilities caregivers create a non-threatening environment where customers prepare for the special occasions in their lives while giving the gift of hope to women and children they may have never met.
Through the Adorned in Grace Design Studio Outreach to At-Risk Girls in SE Portland, donated gowns and accessories are used to connect with vulnerable girls in low-income, high crime neighborhoods through design workshops. Designers, seamstresses and mentors come alongside the girls to envision and re-create the prom dress of their dreams, a one-of-a-kind purse, unique vest or a special gift they can give away. Our desire is to build personal, healthy, love-of-God connections, using their love of fashion as the draw, so that they never have to experience the devastation of trafficking.
Sustainability is a happy side-benefit that exquisitely aligns with Portland’s signature environmental ethic. Every item that moves through the ministry is one that is finding a second life outside of the closet or the landfill, “liberated” for re-use, often on the happiest day of its new owner’s life.
Adorned in Grace exists under the guidance and the 501(c)3 status of Compassion Connect, Inc., an organization that brings together churches to transform their communities.
Volunteer as a sales associate, facilities caregiver or promotional representative on Portland’s Westside location.
Teach design, sewing or craft skills at design studio workshops.
Train to mentor at-risk girls.
Create reproducible designs from donated silks, satins and jewelry to inspire young girls to think outside the obvious.
Donate bridal, formalwear, purses, jewelry and accessories. To donate, drop off at 4949 SW 76th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97225.
Visit their website at : Adorned in Grace