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NWFS has again been voted one of Oregon's top 100 best Nonprofits to work for. This is the fourth year in a row we have earned this award! We couldn't do this without the support from our excellent staff. They are the ones who make our organization excellent! Thank you to them.

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Meeting the Human Trafficking Challenge

Recently, prevention non-profit, AWARE, transferred all programs and property to Portland based, Northwest Family Services (NWFS).  NWFS, youth development and social services charity, is an award winning, leading provider of services proven to reduce poverty.  NWFS has re-launched AWARE’s Deceptions human trafficking prevention program, and will be offering ongoing trainings surrounding this important issue.

Vancouver based, AWARE, established 1997, has been offering a variety of school-based prevention programs and presentations since that time.  In 2011, AWARE introduced their human trafficking Deceptions program, which was created at the request of local law enforcement.  Piloted at Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, this nationally acclaimed prevention program has been presented to over 15,000 local youth.  In addition, over 300 speakers haven been trained to use the Deceptions curriculum delivering this message across America to thousands more.

Human trafficking is the 2nd Largest Criminal Trade Worldwide, just below illegal drugs. Sadly, the Portland Metro Area is amongst the top of Human Trafficking within the US.  Costs have been estimated to be $35,000 to find and rescue a victim, and over $100,000 to rehabilitate a survivor.  The work of the Deceptions program helps to prevent this modern day slavery.  Deceptions is an interactive school-based prevention curriculum for youth in middle and high schools that provides tools and builds awareness in exposing the lures of child sex trafficking and internet dangers.  Overall, it costs $22 for Northwest Family Services to reach one child or $500 for a classroom to prevent this from ever happening in a community.

NWFS Executive Director, Rose Fuller, says “We are thrilled and excited to be expanding the work of AWARE through this human trafficking prevention program. The sad truth is that few are aware of the human suffering inflicted on the youth from our neighborhoods as they are being lured into slavery.  Thank you volunteers and staff of AWARE for your great work in supporting youth and families over the years.  Northwest Family Services is most honored to be expanding AWARE’s work and we welcome continued support of this mission.”

How can people help?  Northwest Family Services needs your donation to help deliver the Deceptions program to more classrooms throughout the area.  NWFS is only able to continue and expand this nationally acclaimed program with generous contributors.  Also, those interested in helping to train others with the Deceptions program are encouraged to contact Northwest Family Services at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling us at 503.546.6377.     

What have people been saying about Deceptions? 

“Thank you so much for bringing this program to our school! I was trafficked last year when I was thirteen and had some really bad things happen to me. Girls need to know this is really happening in our community,” says a 14 year old high school student. 

Vancouver Police Department’s, Sergeant John Chapman explains,  “Unfortunately, in the past two years local law enforcement has learned that domestic minor sex trafficking is a very real problem that greatly impacts our community.  It is very exciting to have a new curriculum presented in our schools that will warn our boys and girls of the dangers and consequences that lurk within innocent locations and relationships. We need to inform our kids and give them skills to recognize threats and retreat.”      


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