Mar 21 2017

Meet Kendra

A Conversation With Our New Bridal Shop Manager

Posted in Blog, Abolition Now

Meet Kendra

"Women don’t just come for the cause, they come to champion other women in knowing their full value in Christ.  Their impact then reaches far beyond the shop’s walls to aid other women in being fully removed from the trafficking system once and for all.  It is a ripple effect, and one that I am beyond blessed to be a part of."

 

Dec 21 2016

Horses, Healing, & Hands of Hope

How a local ranch is helping trafficking survivors thrive

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Horses, Healing, & Hands of Hope

It’s amazing to see the connection between the survivors and our sweet horses. One survivor said to our severely abused horse, Sonny, ”I get what it’s like to be hurt.” [...] That is one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned though this process. It’s not my journey. I don’t get to decide how fast and how far someone should be along their journey.

 

Nov 30 2016

How the Design Studio Changed My Life

Andrea Crane's Story

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How the Design Studio Changed My Life

"Whether it be the harder way, the more inconvenient way, or the impossible, these women and men I have met over the last seven years have helped drastically change my life. Whether it be faith, addiction or just habits. They've done this without even knowing it."

 

Aug 17 2016

2016's Everyday Heroes

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2016's Everyday Heroes

Heroes can come in the unlikeliest of places, and they don't always announce themselves as heroes (or even know that they are). But the woman who extended forgiveness to her son after years of bitterness, the high schooler who vowed to change the way he treats women, and the teenager who defied the nagging voices of insecurity to summit a waterfall---they are our heroes this year, and it's been a gift to be a small part of the journey each one is traveling. These are the stories from each of our models so far this year that stand out and make us listen closely to how God is transforming lives through the united service of the Church. 

Apr 12 2016

It's Happening In Our Own Backyard

A Conversation With A Local Officer As Adorned In Grace Opens Its New Anti-Trafficking Boutique

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It's Happening In Our Own Backyard

"It couldn't happen to my child or anyone I know, because they're good kids."

If we are to combat human trafficking and exploitation in our community, we also must fight against the myths that numb us to the real scope of the issue. A recent conversation with a Gresham law enforcement officer sheds some much needed light on the local situation, as well as how Adorned In Grace plays a valuable role in anti-trafficking efforts. 

Sep 09 2015

Welcome Lucinda!

Adorned In Grace Introduces New Bridal Shop Manager

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Welcome Lucinda!

We are blessed to call the Adorned In Grace Bridal & Formalwear Shop part of our anti-human trafficking model. Proceeds from sales of the gorgeous gowns and accessories are put towards prevention, education, aftercare for survivors, and more. The store does so much good but we knew we had to take it to the next level to continue fighting trafficking and aiding women affected by sexual exploitation. We went searching for the right person to manage the store, and we knew our hunt was over when we met Lucinda.

Aug 25 2015

Joining Our Hands of Hope

Together We Can Help Survivors of Sexual Exploitation Flourish

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Joining Our Hands of Hope

How do you help someone scarred by trauma? How do you step into their life, knowing nothing of the pain they've experienced, and reach so deep as to pluck out a little bit of healing? How do you even begin to relate or offer comfort? If you know someone who has endured a traumatic event, you may have grappled with these questions. At Abolition Now's Hands of Hope mentor training, attendees learned strategies to effectively counsel individuals haunted by the horror of sexual exploitation. 

Aug 02 2015

Expanding to a Global Community

Mayor Hales invites Gary and Darlene to speak about Abolition Now's model

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Expanding to a Global Community

President of Compassion Connect Gary Tribbett and Abolition Now Administrative Assistant Darlene Domenigoni were selected with other local leaders to share our models of uniting to improve the community with Hales before the summit.

 

Jul 28 2015

The Reality of Becoming a Mentor

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The Reality of Becoming a Mentor

We have all heard stories about young, vulnerable children who were abandoned or abused, those who lack positive role models and models of hope. We are aware of the gaps in their lives and we try our best to find ways to fill them. The problem is that sometimes we hear these stories so often that we become numb to the fact that each story is an individual’s life. These individuals don't refer to them as stories, but realities. We need to stop listening so much and start acting. 

How can we be mentors TODAY

Feb 25 2015

Our Journey To Amsterdam

Posted in Blog, Prayer, Abolition Now

Our Journey To Amsterdam

"It is estimated that there are over 25,000 women working in prostitution in the Netherlands. Many of them are victims of human trafficking. Many of them can be found in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. When I think of these beautiful women, sitting behind the windows while gawking tourists stroll past, it’s hard not to see the image of a caged bird in my mind."

Sep 11 2014

10 Reasons Connect PDX Is The Must-Attend Event of 2014

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10 Reasons Connect PDX Is The Must-Attend Event of 2014

Dying to know why Connect PDX is an Oscar-trumping event? Desperate to know how to make a difference in the social justice movement against human trafficking? Continue on, dear reader, and be amazed. 

 

                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

May 23 2012

Night Ride II

What about the johns and pimps? Where are the active neighborhoods?

Posted in Blog, Abolition Now

At the beginning of this year, I joined two vice squad Portland police officers on their night shift. Beyond observations from my first blog, “Night Ride,” this journal outlines additional impressions from that night and from further research into the seamy world of human trafficking.

Apr 15 2012

Night Ride

Opening our eyes to protect trafficked victims.

Posted in Blog, Reflections, Abolition Now

After spending a night in a squad car, observing Portland police officers assigned to the sex trafficking division, I became more acutely aware of the plight of sex slaves, especially those below 18 years old. Because of this experience, I feel compelled to present my own perspective on this blight in our community.