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January 2017

A New Year, A New Look, A New Logo

This month we are excited to announce a new look for BEST that will be carried out with a website refresh and brand new logo! You’ll see the new look on the website, social media pages, as well as our training and marketing materials.

The logo was inspired by our mission and the collaborative nature of BEST’s human trafficking prevention efforts. This is exemplified in our new logo by the several separate pieces working together to come full circle.

“We’ve come a long way since we were founded in 2012. We’ve built highly impactful partnerships with the lodging industry, government, NGOs, and businesses across the US. This new look is something that captures our forward momentum and solutions-focused goals of the organization,” says BEST’s executive director, Dr. Mar Brettmann, PhD. 
 [Click here to read more]

Survivor Story: Rachel Thomas

Photography by Lynn Savarese. Written by Lea Grover, The Voices and Faces Project.

“First you lose yourself. Then you lose your dreams.”

I had a wonderful childhood. My mom’s a lawyer. My dad is a church deacon. We had family vacations to Europe, Florida, Disney World, cruises. My parents had never argued in front of me.

I didn’t know what trafficking was. I thought pimps wore floppy hats and gold chains. I thought women chose prostitution.

My dream was to teach. I moved to Atlanta to go to college and become an educator. I was 20 years old, a Dean’s List junior at Emory, living in an apartment with my best friend.

[Read Rachel's full story here]

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

Using Corporate Philanthropy to Take a Stand Against Human Trafficking
By Brooke Wilzen

Recently, I sat down with Ann Dorgan, CEO and Founder of GumballEnterprises, to learn from her expertise on corporate philanthropy and leadership development.  Ann Dorgan is a business leader, coach and consultant. She has owned her own company since 2006 and founded GumballEnterprises in 2014. GumballEnterprises is a leadership development design and delivery company that prides itself on being values driven. Ann’s 22 year career in leadership development has allowed her to work globally in the private, public and non-profit sectors as a coach, consultant, director, and manager. She is a certified coach through the International Coach Federation. Her coaching talents have been utilized by leaders of Fortune 500 companies and have taken her around the world to places such as, Malaysia, China, and Argentina. [Click here to read more]

Boys Count: Town Hall Seattle

Uncovering the Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Boys and Young Men

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 24th
Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

Research suggests that boys and young men may be trafficked at the same rate as girls and young women, yet we have often failed to recognize them for the victims that they are. Why aren’t exploited boys recognized? How can we better identify and appropriately serve male victims? Join Stolen Youth and a panel of experts to explore these and other important questions. The purpose of this event is to empower and motivate participants to join the fight to eradicate the commercial sexual exploitation of all children and youth.  [Click here to buy your ticket]

BEST in the News

Brettmann, Mar, PhD. "Inhospitable to Human Trafficking.Today's Hotelier, December 1, 2016

"Calling on KCBA Members to Help End Sex Trafficking.King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin, November 2016.

"Proclamation continues county’s commitment to end human trafficking​." Multnomah County Website, December 28, 2016.

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