MID-COLUMBIA HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE

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Dedicated to Eradicating Human Trafficking Through Purpose-Driven Initiatives

Our Commitment and Purpose

VISION

The Mid-Columbia Human Trafficking Task Force envisions a community free of trafficking and exploitation, where every survivor has the resources and supports necessary to recover from trauma and lead lives of their own choosing.

MISSION

The mission of the Mid-Columbia Human Trafficking Task Force is to ensure the protection of victims, prosecution of offenders, and prevention of all forms of human trafficking through effective coordinated partnerships.

TASK FORCE

The representation includes law enforcement agencies; victim service providers, such as community-based advocates and district attorney advocates; mental health and medical professionals; youth services; juvenile departments; culturally specific resources; and human services organizations.

Guided by Principles of Compassion, Integrity, and Empowerment

OUR CORE VALUES

SAFETY

We have a focus on supporting all people we work with to feel emotionally safe to express themselves and support physical safety options that protect confidentiality. We create an environment, along with policies and procedures, where we accept the likelihood that we will be uncomfortable when investigating issues of race, privilege, and oppression and our roles within them. We recognize that this works because we meet primarily people with power space where only expecting people of color to be “brave” in multi-racial dialogues can be problematic.

EMPOWERMENT

We provide opportunities for survivors to learn new skills along their healing path towards vocational excellence and further educational opportunities or mentorship options. We invite feedback from participants in our services to help ensure the services we are providing are relevant and focus on the strengths of survivors. We strive to help rebuild participants’ lives, find their voices, and become leaders in the fight to end human trafficking.

Humility

We acknowledge that, as service providers, we hold power that innately exists through our engagement with survivors or victims of human trafficking we are supporting. We recognize that our personal viewpoint is not more important than each other’s and that every opinion is equally valuable, not worth more or less than anyone else.

SURVIVOR-CENTRIC

All engagements, services delivered, approaches, and interactions will prioritize the expressed needs, wishes, and rights of the participant of our supporting community partners and task force. Further, services are individualized for each unique participant and comprehensive to cover all needs expressed. Each task force member will empower survivors/victims by ensuring their voices are heard, recognized, and embody a trauma-informed approach.

Key Focus Areas in Our Fight Against Human Trafficking

OUR THEMES

Protection

Ensuring we are proactively identifying victims and training first responders to support anti-trafficking efforts, prioritization of survivor centered and healing centered services for victims identified through task force efforts, and providing healing effort through emergency assistance, effective placement in stable, long-term situations with access to education, vocational, and economic opportunities for survivors.

Prosecution and Law Enforcement

Prioritizing collaboration with confidential advocates when victims or survivors of human trafficking are identified and ensuring arrest for prostitution is not enacted upon if human trafficking is identified through assessment or self-report. Sentences should consider the severity of an individual’s involvement in trafficking and imposed sentences for other grave crimes and punishment should be consistent with county, state, and federal law.

Prevention, Training, and Outreach

Efforts focused on public awareness, campaigns that inform and educate communities about human trafficking. This includes ensuring service providers are aware of risk and protective factors for human trafficking. Efforts for prevention include rectifying laws that omit classes of workers from labor law protection, implementing measures that address significant vulnerabilities for people in our community, constructing labor recruitment programs that ensure protection of workers from exploitation, strengthening partnerships with community organizations, and tackling the crime at its root cause by monitoring product supply chains and reducing demand on commercial sex.

Collaborative Partnerships

Focused efforts can support bringing together diverse experiences, amplifying messages, and leveraging resources to accomplish more together than any one entity or sector would be able to do alone as one sole agency. Further, the purpose of coming together is to provide advocacy, service provision, information sharing, and networks survivors to help inform the broader trafficking movement in the state of Oregon and the Nation.