Senator Wyden comes to Medford

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden traveled to Medford last week to meet with local organizations and discuss the growing problem of sex trafficking within Oregon.



In attendance were:

Jackson County District Attorney  •  Medford Police
SART  •  CASA  •  United Way
Maslow Project  •  Redemption Ridge
Children’s Advocacy Center  •  Senator Alan Bates


Senator Wyden Weighs In On The Growing Sex Trafficking Issue In Southern Oregon

June 2nd and 3rd – Dr. Becca Johnson

Dr. Johnson has provided care for survivors of sex trafficking for over 10 years. She is currently the Clinical Director at Engedi Refuge, a safe home for trafficking survivors in Washington State.

More information on both days’ events: Helping the Hurting Heal

Redemption Ridge Golf Tournament

On Friday June 27th, The Home Builders Association of Jackson County and Rogue Valley Association of Realtors are sponsoring a golf tournament to benefit Redemption Ridge.

Redemption Ridge will be unique as the only residential care safe house in Southern Oregon committed exclusively to restoring minor female victims of domestic sex trafficking.

Gather your team, and come out for the fun!

For more information view the event brochure: 2014 HBA/RVAR Benefit Golf Tournament

Child Abuse and Neglect Symposium 2014


The Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County‘s 2014 Symposium is entitled “Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation” and will feature guest speakers Sergeant Byron Fassett and Detective Cathy De La Paz of the Dallas, Texas PD.

The speakers will discuss a multidisciplinary approach to identifying current and potential victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. An emphasis will be on potential frontline individuals who are key in identifying children who are at risk for trafficking or who may already be victims.

The event will be held Wednesday June 18th at the Smullin Health Education Center from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

For more information view the event announcement:

2014 Child Abuse and Neglect Symposium

Local Survivor Launches the VMP

Rebecca Bender is a survivor of human trafficking who was raised in the Rogue Valley before leaving for Eugene after graduating high school. She is a published author and sought after speaker and trainer, and has now launched a new mentoring program for sex trafficking survivors who are from small, rural communities like those in Southern Oregon.

Learn more about Rebecca and her work on her website

Joyce Marks – Guest Speaker May 10, 2014

“Teen Sex Trafficking Prevention” – Saturday May 10th as part of the NextGen Ministry Conference, an event organized by the Rogue Valley Children’s Ministry Network.

Guest Speaker Joyce Marks was a police officer for 15 years and a detective in sexual abuse of children and sex crimes in San Diego, Ca. She is currently a Director of Ministries at Shepherd of the Valley, where she is in charge of training and coordinating a child safe and abuse prevention program.

“Chosen” by Shared Hope International will be shown, and is a compelling training that any church or community group can use to teach our parents and teens how to prevent, recognize or intervene in sexual trafficking with our adolescents and teen in our own community.

Klamath Falls Awareness Night – 4/22/14


Sponsored by the Klamath Basin Republican Women and Klamath Christian Center.

6:30 to 6:50  – 20 minute video “Chosen”

6:50 to 7:10  – Guest speaker JoAnna Adkisson will talk about the subject and share global and state statistics. JoAnna is been involved with the A21 Campaign on an international level.

7:10 to 7:15  – Questions for JoAnna

7:15 to 7:30  – State Representative Gail Whitsett will join the Q&A with JoAnna to get input from the community regarding future legislative efforts in Oregon.


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