In honor of January being Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Compassion First will be hosting the first Oregon screenings of "In Plain Sight," a documentary featuring six modern-day abolitionists who are fighting sex trafficking across America.
Mark your calendars for the following back-to-back events. We will host three screenings of the documentary on January 8th, 15th and 29th at the Compassion First Head Quarters, and January 18th at Valley Christian Center to highlight the problem of domestic sex trafficking. We will also highlight international sex trafficking with a powerful live exhibit!
We will be hosting a diverse panel on the 29th to find out more about the issues of sex trafficking in Portland and what you can do to help! Listed below are our panel members!
"The feature-length documentary 'In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom' journeys to six US cities to open the viewer's eyes to crimes occurring 'in plain sight.' Through engaging interviews with survivors, the documentary brings to light the force, fraud, and coercion used against women and children victims. Despite the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of an aftercare home”.
Esther (Nelson) Craig spent a decade as a victim’s advocate for sexual assault and commercial sexual exploitation survivors. She began her career in Reno, Nevada where she worked at the Crisis Call Center, doing emergency response advocacy for sex crimes victims, as well as hotline operation for crisis callers on the topics of domestic violence, suicide, child abuse, substance abuse, and negotiations with barricaded subjects for rural police departments. Esther later moved to Oregon where she worked at the Sexual Assault Resource Center, Washington County’s rape crisis center. There she spent time as the volunteer manager and went on to found the agency’s commercial sexual exploitation of children unit. This unit is believed to be the first advocacy component of a CSEC multi-disciplinary emergency response team to have been created in the United States. As Program Manager of the SARC CSEC unit, Esther was responsible for supervising 5 staff, as well as multiple interns and volunteers. Her efforts were instrumental in the collaboration between many agencies which resulted in the creation of Oregon’s existing services for commercial sexual exploitation victims. During her career Esther has been awarded the "Volunteer of the Year" award, The Jan Hindman "Change" award (Presented by the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force), the "Protected Innocence" award (Presented by Shared Hope International), The Innocence Lost Task Force "Commendation" award (Presented by the FBI), The United States Attorney’s Office "Exceptional Service" award (presented by the U.S. Attorney’s Office), and the Portland Police Bureau's "Unit Commendation" award (Presented by the Portland Police Bureau). Esther holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Marylhurst University.
Former Sergeant Mike Geiger recently retired after serving more than 25 years as a police officer in Portland. Prior to his retirement he was the supervisor of the Portland Police Human Trafficking Unit. While supervising the Sex Crimes Unit, (Ret.) Sergeant Geiger initiated a proposal to re-define the Portland Police response to human trafficking and child exploitation. From that work the Portland Police underwent an internal reorganization and transferred the investigative function from the Drug Unit to the Detective Division Sex Crimes Unit. In 2010, the Portland Police created a full time detective unit focused on the investigation of child sex trafficking and compelling prostitution. (Ret.) Sergeant Geiger was placed in charge of that unit and has since, been dedicated to creating a collaborative approach to the identification of victims and development of a team that focuses on the restoration of those victimized by sexual exploitation and accountability for their exploiters. (Ret.) Sergeant Geiger has conducted numerous trainings throughout the United States and is currently working with the United States Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice to train officials in Indonesia in their fight against human trafficking.
Dr. Dean Moshofsky (or Dr. Dean as our CF staff and girls refer to him) is a beloved Beaverton, Oregon pediatrician. He and his wife Sarah, a full time volunteer with Compassion First, have 4 grown children and are actively serving with CF in their empty nest years. Dean has been on the Board of Directors since 2008 and Sarah began her volunteering in 2009 as a Banquet Co-Director. Dean is also a member of the Compassion First Advisory Board and together Dean and Sarah are Co-Directors of Care, overseeing the clinical staff in Indonesia. Serving children, in his local community, as a pediatrician with Metropolitan Pediatrics is an ongoing joy for Dr. Dean. As the father of four, he seeks to provide excellent care to each of his patients because every child is someone's son or daughter. His compassionate care and medical expertise benefit his work as an advisory board member and as an overseer of clinical care for Compassion First. His love and vision for the CF family in Indonesia continue to challenge him to grow and learn how to provide best practices in a country where resources are limited. These areas of growth and experience in Indonesia will surely be beneficial as we establish the work of CF locally in the midst of a multitude of resources.
Sarah Moshofsky, a longtime volunteer in the community, has found her place at Compassion First. After 5 years of directing the banquet events, Sarah has joined Dean in overseeing the care team as well as supervising local and international interns. She believes her greatest asset in overseeing care and interns is her background in child development, family relationships and special education. Much of her experience that lends to this work however is what she learned while raising their 4 children. It is this experience that lends credibility to developing a “family” environment in which survivors can heal, be safe, loved, challenged, encouraged, and where they can dream!