Out Loud on 08/10/10
Gender, Sexuality & Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in Portland, Oregon
On Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at 6 pm Pacific Out Loud hosts a panel of experts who will be discussing sex and human trafficking, the role gender and sexuality have in this modern day slave-trade, and how this is happening right here in Portland, Oregon.
A human trafficked homeless 16-year old boy was asked what agencies in Portland could do in order to help him and thousands like him get off the street, he paused and then turned to the folks at a partnered organization and said “Obliterate Stark Street.”
Last minute guest addition: Survivor Jeri Williams!
Other panelists include:
1. Michelle Bart – Soroptimist International's Northwest Coalition Against Trafficking (NWCAT)
Michelle Bart is the Chairperson and a founding member of Soroptimist International Northwestern Region’s Northwest Coalition Against Trafficking (NWCAT) and is the Public Awareness Chair for the Soroptimist Northwestern Region. Bart is also the owner of a national marketing and public relations corporation, Helping Heroes; and she serves on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Advisory Board for Take25. Bart is trained on Human Trafficking through CASE and Girls Educational and Mentor Services (GEMS) and is the host of “Voices for Justice” on BlogTalkRadio and also contributes to Curve magazine, The Human Rights Campaign, Soroptimist, and GLAAD.
Michelle A. Bart
Soroptimist International Northwestern Region / NWCAT
2. Chris Hennel – Special Project Coordinator -Human Trafficking, YWCA Greater Portland
Chris Hennel MSW, has 19 years experience working in child welfare with Oregon's Department of Human Services; where she worked as a caseworker, supervisor and branch manager of Union, Wallowa, and Baker counties. Hennel has been involved with the YWCA's Human Trafficking project for about a year now. She also was a faculty member at the Graduate School of Social Work, PSU, in the mid 90's; where she helped launch a program for Oregon state employees working in child welfare to get their Masters in Social Work degrees. Hennel is experienced as a mediator, therapist, and with all aspects of child welfare programs and services. The YWCA of Greater Portland is slated to receive $900,000 to establish a shelter for victims of human trafficking.
Chris Hennel, MSW
Special Project Coordinator -Human Trafficking
YWCA of Greater Portland, Oregon
3. Elisa Saphier--Sexual Assault Resource Center
Elisa Saphier works for the Sexual Assault Resource Center, one of only two stand-alone sexual assault agencies in the state, as a case manager and advocate for sexually exploited youth. Saphier has nine years of experience working in the anti-sexual violence field; and has spent much of that time focusing on the affects of oppression, providing direct services to survivors and offering prevention education to the community.
Case Manager for Sexually Exploited Youth
Sexual Assault Resource Center
(503) 626 9100 x 232
IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE IS BEING EXPLOITED CALL THE HOTLINE AT 1-888-3737-888
If you have questions for the panel, please feel free to share them by calling during the show (6-7pm Pacific) at 503 231 8187. If you miss the show or want to reference it later, there will be a downloadable version posted after the show airs. You can find it at kboo.fm/outloud.
Additional Resources (including statistics and important contact numbers):
- The Northwest Conference Against Trafficking www.NWCAT.org
- The Polaris Project www.polarisproject.org
- Portland YWCA www.ywca-pdx.org
- Sexual Assualt Resource Center www.sarcoregon.org