LINKING ARMS ACROSS AMERICA
IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Hero in the Fight: Feb

Hero in the Fight: Feb Brave is a catalytic event for conversation and connection.  This is a one day event people come together to remind a very specific demographic that they are worth celebrating:  girls 12-18 who are Foster Care. These girls are vulnerable and susceptible to violence and coercion in illegal and sexually explicit […]

Super Bowl? Human Trafficking? How?

Missing children, many who are sexually exploited, victims of human trafficking, both minors and adults…it’s not the major story for Super Bowl and it shouldn’t be, but that was the focus of the amazing team of people I had the priveledge of leading in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl 50.  This is my […]

Guest Post

November 16, 2015 This past summer I had an experience while volunteering that I would like to share.  I grew up in a Christian household in a middle class suburb of a large American city. To my surprise, the truth of my own traumatic story was revealed while serving in an anti-human trafficking ministry. I […]

This young teen made the right choice

September 23, 2015 As the school buses once again fill the streets with kids on their way to and from school I am reminded of the importance of making our kids aware of the schemes used by human traffickers to lure them. School should be a safe haven for kids, but today that isn’t always […]

Nationwide Freedom Stickers

July 22, 2015 We are experiencing some exciting times here at In Our Backyard! I want to tell you about our Freedom Stickers program. Last December I was at our state capitol working on some anti-human trafficking legislative matters. Oregon State Representative Gail Whitsett and her legislative aide, Kelsey Ferry saw the stickers we have been […]

Leaving To Make A Stand

April 16, 2015 I often talk about how each of us can take a stand against human trafficking in our daily lives. Recently, as my husband and I were on a much needed vacation, we had an opportunity which could happen to any of us. We decided to partake in some laughter as good medicine […]

The Importance of Self Care

December 9, 2014 If you will be celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah you know from past years that these wonderful celebrations can be exhausting and stressful.  Just the opposite of what they were meant to be.  But this isn’t about “how you cope with so much fun” it is about how these pressures can multiply emotions that […]

The Prince of Pain

The Price of Pain: Ministry Volunteers and Secondary Trauma by Nita Belles December 2, 2014 As I walked along Bourbon Street in New Orleans a couple of nights before the 2013 Super Bowl, my heart broke repeatedly. Young teen girls were paraded in and out of strip clubs while their pimps talked on cell phones, […]