Youth Sex Trafficking Conference Portland, Oregon
We are writing to you because we are concerned about the sex trafficking of underage girls.
Human rights attorney Kathleen Dunn and documentary photographer Jennifer Parsons have been working in Portland, Oregon for the last few months on this issue and see the urgent need for successful female leaders in the community to come together to help the many young girls being exploited.
We have been talking to judges, lawyers, political leaders, successful business women, and activists about joining resources to create a meaningful movement of female leaders calling for concrete progress to protect minors forced into prostitution.
Three bills related to this topic have been introduced to the Oregon House and Senate and Transitions Global (www.transitionsglobal.org) is in the process of establishing a pilot shelter project for under age sex-trafficked girls, the first of its kind in the country. We are excited about the prospect of this shelter model being replicated in other cities, much as the first domestic violence shelter in Portland led to a nationwide movement.
This important event--not open to the general public--is taking place May 21st and is going to be an educational forum for police officers, politicians, school administrators, leaders, and concerned citizens in Multnomah and Washington Counties.
It would be fantastic if you could attend to lend your knowledge, resources, and leadership around this pressing problem. We are hoping that strong, influential women such as yourself will come together at this conference with other successful women in the community to begin leading these vulnerable young girls--our collective daughters--out of modern-day slavery and into a brighter future.
If you are interested in attending, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are only able to invite 400 people. If you would like to be on a mailing list for updates on what is happening and/or be made aware of upcoming events open to the public please feel free to let us know and we'd be happy to add you to our roster. (your email addresses will never be given out to another party or person).
Kathleen & Jennifer
By Invitation Only