LINKING ARMS ACROSS AMERICA
IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Our Programs

Our Programs

Freedom Sticker Program

Strategically placed in public restrooms across the country, Freedom Stickers bring public awareness and provide a lifeline of hope to victims of human trafficking. According to a 2016 study from Northeastern University, one of the most effective ways to increase human trafficking arrests is by posting the National Human Trafficking Hotline in public places. The safest place for a victim of human trafficking to ask for help is inside of a public restroom stall, according to research. Freedom Stickers were created in collaboration with human trafficking survivors and our hope is that a human trafficking victim would see a Freedom Sticker and have an opportunity to call or text the hotline and have help on the way!

In 2016 more than 4,600 calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline came directly from survivors according to Bradley Myles CEO of Polaris Project. An all-time high for the organization, this signals that more survivors are calling directly and are successfully receiving the appropriate resources on both a local and national level. The Freedom Sticker is more than a sticker, it is a pathway to freedom for those trapped in human trafficking and we anticipate a continued increase in calls from survivors to the National Human Trafficking Hotline as result of this program. Join IOB and become a Freedom Sticker Hero Today! Email: info@inourbackyard.org

Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT)

In Our Backyard has developed an innovative new program entitled Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT) that empowers the Convenience Store industry to play a vital role in ending human trafficking in America. The program provides human trafficking awareness and in-depth training to store employees on how to recognize and report human trafficking. IOB distributes Freedom Stickers to post in convenience store bathrooms in order to provide victims with a pathway to freedom from their traffickers.

Convenience stores serve half of the U.S. population daily through more than 150,000 locations. Employees may intersect with human trafficking because traffickers not only exploit people, they also exploit locations. Traffickers may bring their victims to stores to purchase fuel, cigarettes, alcohol and condoms, and to clean up in the restroom if they are being trafficked out of a car or alley. As the eyes and ears of our communities, the convenience store industry has the opportunity to report human trafficking and save lives.

Our goal is to engage the entire convenience store industry to promote safety and support for their communities by becoming members of CSAT. If you own a convenience store and would like to get involved in CSAT please email juliana@inourbackyard.org for more information.

Linking Arms

In Our Backyard believes we need help to end human trafficking. IOB is passionate about linking arms across America in the fight against human trafficking. This means partnering with local and national organizations, law enforcement, service providers, non-profits, government agencies, and community and religious organizations. IOB works closely with other organizations to collaborate on effective legislative efforts, anti-human trafficking operations, awareness events and programs. We are not interested in reinventing the wheel, but working together for effective efforts. If you are interested in becoming a partner with In Our Backyard please email info@inourbackyard.

Large Event Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

In Our Backyard has been working to end human trafficking surrounding large events, specifically the Super Bowl for the past seven years. IOB Founder and Executive Director has worked tirelessly to organize local non-profits, government agencies and law enforcement in order to provide surveillance support. IOB’s efforts have led to many sting operations in collaboration with local law enforcement, holding sex-buyers accountable and recovering dozens of victims of human trafficking. If you are interested in participating in the next large event please email info@inourbackyard.org.

Advocacy

In Our Backyard 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. If you think you are being trafficked please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1.888.3737.888 or text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733) or call 911 for emergencies. If you have questions about local resources or would like support from In Our Backyard please email info@inourbackyard.org. Your information will remain confidential.

Policy Advisor

In Our Backyard continues to act as an advisor on human trafficking to both local and national government offices. IOB was involved in the passing of Oregon Bill 3143 which requires that Freedom Stickers go out with every renewed liquor license in the state of Oregon. The Freedom Sticker was designed by a human trafficking survivor and has proved to be one of the most effective ways to combat human trafficking by posting the National Human Trafficking Hotline. If you would like your state to adopt a bill similar to Oregon’s Bill 3143 or are interested in seeking policy advice regarding human trafficking issues contact info@inourbackyard.org.

Training & Equipping

In Our Backyard 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 and how to stop it. Many of the trainings can be tailored to fit your specific need, audience and mission. Some of the training topics include: Human Trafficking 101, To Super Bowl and Beyond, Law Enforcement/Parole & Probation, Emergency Room & Medical Staff, Colleges & Universities, Churches and Faith-Based Organizations, Self Care and Secondary Trauma in Anti-Human Trafficking Work, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), Labor Trafficking and The Link between Pornography and Sex and Labor Trafficking. If you would like to book Nita Belles for your next training or event email info@inourbackyard.org

CO-OATH

Central Oregon-Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (CO-OATH), was established in 2009 by Nita Belles at the request of U.S. Marshall over human trafficking. 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. If you live in Central Oregon and are interested in participating in CO-OATH and In Our Backyard events please see our Events and Volunteer Pages.

Internships

In Our Backyard is a small nonprofit with one staff member and two full-time volunteers. The work is plentiful, but the workers are few. IOB is interested in hosting interns each summer who are committed to using their talents and skills to fight human trafficking. If you are interested in our internship programs please see our Intern Page.

Volunteer

If you live locally in Central Oregon and have a passion to end human trafficking please consider volunteering with In Our Backyard. We cannot fight human trafficking alone. We need talented people like YOU to help us. Please fill out an application and submit it today on our Volunteer Page.