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The BEST Year Yet

2015 in Review
Thanks to the support of our generous donors, BEST is having more impact than ever. In 2015, we launched the BEST Employers Alliance, trained more hotel staff to report trafficking, continued supporting safe jobs for survivors, hired two new staff, and more.
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Launch of the BEST Employers Alliance

In September, Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) joined King County business leaders and national employers for the launch of the BEST Employers Alliance, the first public-private partnership in the nation to work across industries preventing sex trafficking and sex buying. The BEST Employers Alliance will support participating employers as they adopt appropriate policies protecting their businesses from the risks posed by sexual exploiters. “We need to send a clear, consistent message that every employer in King County – in both the public and private sectors – is committed to ending slavery and sex trafficking in our community,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.  READ MORE

Hotels Becoming Inhospitable to Trafficking

As part of our Inhospitable to Trafficking program, BEST conducts training for hotel employees so that they are equipped to identify and report human trafficking. To date, BEST has provided Inhospitable to Trafficking training to over 700 people at more than 100 hotels in the region. As a result of our work with hotels, BEST was honored to receive the 2015 Washington Lodging Association “Allied Partner of the Year” award!  READ MORE

Survivor Pursuing a Safe Career

Last December we introduced you to "Teresa,"* a brave survivor of sex trafficking who wanted to pursue a career in cosmetology in order to rebuild her life. Teresa had started a degree program but hit barriers that she needed just a bit of help to overcome. Many of you gave generously so that BEST could provide Teresa with a scholarship to complete her degree. We are excited to announce that Teresa is on track to complete her coursework in December and graduate in 2016!  READ MORE

We Have Grown

This year, BEST has hired two key staff members. Catherine Manney is our new Program Manager, having previously worked in Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility (CR) for over 15 years with a variety of global companies and organizations. Patrick Hurley joined BEST as its new Operations Manager. He is an attorney with previous experience in human rights and trafficking with UNHCR and other nonprofit organizations.

BEST Partners with the Carter Center

Executive Director, Dr. Mar Brettmann, seen here with former President Jimmy Carter, was honored to facilitate a working group discussion over two days and present outcomes to President Carter at the World Summit: End Sexual Exploitation 2025. The business leaders outlined a bold goal that by 2025, 50% of employees in the US would work for organizations that are taking steps to prevent sex trafficking and buying.  READ MORE

From Our Board

As a board member, I (Eric Beard, pictured in center) had a great time participating in a charity golf tournament benefiting BEST that was hosted by the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) in Portland this past summer. Our board was also instrumental in securing additional funding from Red Roof Inn. Over $23,000 was raised through the event and a new partnership with AAHOA was forged. AAHOA members own 50%+ of hotels in the US and they are wonderful and generous partners. We hope that you will also partner with us this holiday season to prevent sex trafficking of children and women.

Coming in 2016....

  • Launch Of Online Training Video - In early 2016, BEST will unveil a first-of-its-kind training video for businesses and employees. The video will explain the ugly truth of trafficking and plainly describe laws and concrete steps employees and employers can take to prevent trafficking.
  • Expansion of the Employers Alliance - Our 2016 goal for the Employers Alliance is that 10% of employees in King County and 1% of employees in the US will be working for employers that are taking steps to prevent sex trafficking and buying. Employers can make a powerful difference in the lives of trafficking victims and potential victims by joining the Employers Alliance and implementing the BEST Practices to prevent sex trafficking and buying.
  • More Safe Jobs For Survivors - Next year we will build new partnerships between employers that are willing to employ survivors and agencies that directly serve survivors of trafficking, so that survivors of trafficking can find Safe Jobs.
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