100 Hotel Managers and Owners
Trained to Prevent Human Trafficking

In May of this year, BEST and the Washington Lodging Association co-hosted the first Inhospitable to Human Trafficking Training in Washington State. The response by the community was outstanding, with over 100 leaders in attendance from the lodging industry, law enforcement, and victim services.

In September, BEST and the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau offered our second training and had 65 stakeholders in attendance! We are on schedule to host Inhospitable to Trafficking Training events in 3 additional counties within the next few months. READ MORE

Washington Lodging Association Awards Mar Smith and Sandip Soli

At the Annual Conference of the Washington Lodging Association on October 7, Dr. Mar Smith and Sandip Soli were presented with awards for their leadership and service to the lodging industry in Washington. Dr. Smith and Mr. Soli received this honor in recognition of their work on BEST's Inhospitable to Trafficking project. READ MORE


Grants Awarded to Expand Work

Since May, BEST has received several grants totaling over $60,000 to enable us to expand our work throughout Washington state. BEST is extremely grateful to Stolen Youth, The Seattle Foundation, Carlson and Carlson Family Foundation, and a community foundation in Tacoma for their generous grants in support of trafficking prevention efforts. BEST is a nimble organization with low overhead and the ability to make a size-able impact with limited funding. Here’s what these grants will accomplish . . . READ MORE


Employment for Survivors

BEST has partnered with the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) and Goodwill Industries to begin providing employment training services for survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. We are very excited to see our first client enrolled in Goodwill's outstanding Customer Service and Retail Training program. The role of BEST in partnering with Goodwill will be to identify businesses to hire graduates of the Goodwill program. Dr. Smith met with a potential employer recently and encountered first-hand the challenges of placing survivors in safe jobs. READ MORE

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Upcoming Events

Nov. 6: Inhospitable to Human Trafficking Training in Yakima, WA
Dec. 3: BEST Advisory Board Meeting
Jan. 23: Inhospitable to Human Trafficking Training in Snohomish Co
Feb. 25: Panel Presentation to Meeting Professionals International
Late February: Inhospitable to Human Trafficking Training in Spokane, WA
May: Inhospitable to Human Trafficking Training in King County, WA


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