Community Impact

Waiting for the Light documentary

JLP premiered our documentary Waiting For The Light; Portland's Sex Trafficking Crisis in January 2014 at the Mission Theater to a completely full house (over 300). With a speaker panel of experts and an introduction by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, attendees walked away well educated on this issue in our city and equipped with ideas of how they can make an impact.

We held a public screening of our documentary Waiting For The Light; Portland's Sex Trafficking Crisis on April 18, 2014 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland. Visit the Stop Human Trafficking Committee home page for more details. The film is also available online through Vimeo and has been viewed over 8800 times.

Delicates Drive Success

The January premiere in conjunction with National Human Trafficking Awareness Day marked the launch of our annual Delicates DriveWe collected new undergarments for survivors of human trafficking. Undergarments are often taken as evidence when victims are first rescued.  Local organizations who provide immediate and long term care do not have the capability to supply these children with these essential items.

This year, we collected 1491 undergarments (374 bras and 1172 underwear) and $1,115 in gift cards. The donations went to SARC (Sexual Assault Resource Center) and Janus Youth to be distributed directly to survivors. 

Instagram Campaign to Stop Human Trafficking

Local photographer Mick Orlosky of the Portland Instagram Group was in attendance at the Waiting for the Light premiere. He learned that forms of social media such as Instagram have been used as recruitment methods for trafficking victims. The Portland Instagram Group's membership of over 500 individuals launched a campaign in support of the 4/18 documentary screening. Their goal was to show that social media can be a large part of the solution! You can follow us on Instagram @JuniorLeaguePDX and search hashtags #waitingforthelight and #JLPDX to see some of the photos!

Community Partner: Children's Book Bank

At a recent Junior League meeting, members cleaned approximately 560 books for the Children's Book Bank. That means that we created holiday book bundles for about 50 children in the Portland metro area who otherwise would not have access to books.

Thanks for making an impact in literacy in our community!

Upcoming Events

Delicates Drive 

January 11-February 11, 2015
~providing undergarments and other needed items to survivors of human trafficking

General Membership Meeting

January 21, 2015

AJLI Winter Leadership Conference

January 22-24, 2015