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Anti Human Trafficking NonProfit To Grow

BEND, OR -- Bend-based In Our Backyard is expanding, prompting the anti-trafficking nonprofit to host its first fundraiser, Friday. Executive Director Nita Belles tells KBND News until now, funding came mainly from her and her husband. "We’ve gotten some donations from people, but primarily we have supported it for all these years. And, we’re growing so fast, that we’ve got to have more staff. It’s just time to get more staff. We’re growing larger; we’re becoming more sustainable and doing more."


The event includes a silent auction and a special presentation. "We have a survivor, who actually grew up here in Bend, and she’s going to tell her courageous story of survival and how she’s getting on with life in a wonderful way." She also plans to launch a new Central Oregon survey on trafficking, Friday. "The victims of human trafficking can’t and wouldn’t raise their hand to be counted. We’re surveying the general public and those who would come in contact with victims of human trafficking. We’re also launching another program called Convenience Stores Against Human Trafficking." That new campaign is a nationwide effort to get convenience stores involved in spotting and combating human trafficking. Its launch will coincide with the Super Bowl. 


For more information on Friday's fundraiser, click HERE

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