LINKING ARMS ACROSS AMERICA
IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING
In Our Backyard is growing and lives are being changed as we raise awareness of the reality of human trafficking in all of our backyards. We work locally and nationally to end human trafficking.
In Our Backyard (IOB) was established in 2006, when a new awareness of human trafficking brought IOB founder, Nita Belles, to realize that there was no option to “stand on the sidelines” of this atrocity. In 2009 at the request of the U.S. Marshall over human trafficking for Oregon, Central Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (CO-OATH) was created to undertake work surrounding human trafficking in Central Oregon. Since that time, CO-OATH has integrated into In Our Backyard, where the work continues. From 2010 to the present, some of the things In Our Backyard has focused on are: eradicating sex trafficking at large events including the “Super Bowl”, raising awareness, providing expert advice on local and national human trafficking legislative issues, working with local first responders, medical and mental health professionals to help potential human trafficking victims and managing programs like the Freedom Sticker Campaign and now the Convenience Store Against Trafficking (CSAT) Program. In addition IOB welcomes volunteers, interns and committed donors to link arms across America in the fight against human trafficking.
What We Do
IOB believes the first step in ending human trafficking is that people would be aware that it exists. IOB is passionate about raising awareness about human trafficking and how to stop it.
Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts
IOB continues to raise awareness and partner with local and national law enforcement to conduct anti-human trafficking efforts surrounding large events like the Super Bowl.
IOB continues to act as an adviser on human trafficking to both local and national government offices.
IOB focuses on victim response and is available to work with survivors in order to connect them with helpful and necessary services including, but not limited to: housing, medical services, mental health counseling, health care, legal aid, law enforcement support and financial aid.
IOB is one of the leading anti-human trafficking experts in the movement. IOB’s Founder and Executive Director, Nita Belles, is available to train and speak locally and nationally on many aspects of human trafficking.