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Spring 2017
BEST Expands Employor Alliance to Portland

Pictured above: Tom Perez, director of PDX BEST (left); Diane McKeel, Former Multnomah County Commissioner (middle); J.R. Ujifusa, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney (right).
PDX BEST was launched with an Award Luncheon on February 28th at the West End Ballroom in Portland, OR. The launch event was sponsored by Multnomah County, Multnomah County District Attorney, the Epik Project, and the Junior League of Portland. Thanks to the support these organizations, over 100 people were in attendance. Dr. Mar Brettmann, Executive Director of BEST, and Ngoc Nguyen, BEST Program Manager, attended the event along with local politicians, law enforcement officials, service providers and, most importantly, local business leaders.  [Click here to read more]

Survivor Story: Alisa Bernard

Written by Anne K. Ream, The Voices and Faces Project
Photography by Lynn Savarese, New Abolitionists 

“Each time I own my truth and tell it, I get stronger.”

My story is my power. One of the most healing experiences I’ve had in the last three years has been speaking and writing about my path into prostitution. I’ve shared my story in groups with other survivors, with politicians whose minds I want to change, with the media.

[Read Alisa's full story here]

This story has been republished with permission from World Without Exploitation: The movement to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation

Board Spotlight: Anjilee Dodge

BEST is proud to announce Anjilee Dodge, MSW as the newest member of the BEST Governance Board. Anjilee is the Workforce Development Coordinator at YouthCare Seattle and a partner with BEST on our Safe Jobs program.

Anjilee was drawn to social work, in part, because she experienced poverty and homelessness as a child. It wasn’t easy for Anjilee to navigate her way through what she describes as “systematic oppression,” the oppression that arises from larger social and economic structures. Thankfully, she found a path for herself. In high school, she threw herself into every extra-curricular activity she could. She held several after-school jobs and did Running Start, a program that allows high school students to earn college credits. 
 [Click here to read more]

BEST and the Washington Hospitality Education Foundation Form New Partnership

We’re thrilled to announce that Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) and the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation (WHAEF) have formed a new partnership to continue to raise awareness of human trafficking within the hospitality industry. This partnership will provide training for Washington Hospitality Association members and support survivors of sex trafficking in finding safe employment within the hospitality industry. The Association has also joined the BEST Employers Alliance, committing as a workplace to implement policies and practices that prevent sex trafficking and sex buying. [Click here to read more]
New Employers Alliance Members

BEST in the News

Television Interview with Dr. Mar Brettmann and Marin Stewart. "Ending Human Trafficking, one hotel at a time." New Day Northwest, March 6, 2017.
In March, BEST's Executive Director, Dr. Mar Brettmann was  was featured on King 5's New Day NW. Dr. Brettmann was joined by Friends of Youth, community advocate, Marin Stewart. The interview addressed the important role businesses can play in preventing human trafficking from happening in our communities. [Click here to watch the segment]
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