LINKING ARMS ACROSS AMERICA
IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Our Programs

Our Programs

Freedom Sticker Program

Join IOB and become a Freedom Sticker Hero Today! We’ve found a way to simultaneously inform the public and provide aid and hope for trafficking victims through our Freedom Sticker Program. One of the most effective ways to combat human trafficking is by posting the National Human Trafficking Hotline in public places. Freedom Stickers do just that! Research has shown that the safest place for a victim of human trafficking to ask for help is inside of a restroom stall, often in a public business place. Our hope is that the human trafficking victim would see a Freedom Sticker and have an opportunity to call or text the hotline and have help on the way! The Freedom Sticker is more than a sticker, it is a pathway to freedom for those trapped in human trafficking.

Order your Freedom Sticker packet today and become a Freedom Sticker Hero!

*If you would like your state to adopt a bill similar to Oregon’s Bill 3143 contact info@inourbackyard.org

Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT)

This project is an extension of the Freedom Sticker Program, partnering with convenience stores across the nation. In Our Backyard knows that traffickers often bring their victims to convenience stores to access gas, cigarettes, alcohol, condoms and if the victim is being trafficked out of the back seat of a car or in an alley, she will need to use the bathroom to clean up. This is why IOB is asking that convenience stores be the first line of help for victims of human trafficking by posting the Freedom Sticker in their bathroom stalls. This will allow victims of human trafficking to access the National Human Trafficking Hotline and have help on the way!

The goal of the project is to saturate travel corridors with: trained personnel, outreach to victims, and opportunities for critical support.  In Our Backyard will work closely with convenience stores nationwide to provide training, hotline postings, and lifelines allowing victims to reach authorities. If you own a convenience store and would like to get involved in CSAT please email csat@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.