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National Human Trafficking Month

Panel Discussion - CSEC Response Team


January is National Human Trafficking month and in observance, Soroptimist International of Bend will host a panel discussion by the Commercial Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Response Team Panel of Deschutes County. The CSEC team, which recently was

awarded certification from the Oregon Attorney General’s Trafficking Intervention Advisory Committee, will discuss issues related to the sexual exploitation of children in our local communities. Trafficking happens everyday in Central Oregon and it may not be what you think. Community members will learn what signs to look for and how to help. 


The CSEC Response Team consists of four members, including:

  • Ashley Beatty, the Program Manager for the Victims Assistance Program with the District Attorney’s Office
  • Josh Spano, a Detective within the Criminal Division of the City of Bend Police Department; Josh is currently assigned to the Human Trafficking caseload and is a member of the CSEC team
  • Melissa Parker, a Project Manager for the Cascade Youth & Family Center. Mel provides supervision to three federally-funded projects, including the Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking programs
  • Monica Desmond, the CSEC Response Team Coordinator

The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend this important noon time discussion at the at the

January 24, 2019 SI Bend program meeting. Join us at the Deschutes Historical Museum, 129 NW

Idaho, from noon to 1:00pm, on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Refreshments will be served. The event

is free. More information at www.sibend.org or 503-519-5051.

14th Annual Community Baby Shower

It’s time once again for the annual Community Baby Shower hosted by Soroptimist International of

Bend. Since 2005, SI Bend has been collecting gently used or new baby and toddler clothing and hygiene items. With the cooperation of local businesses, retirement homes and a generous community,

we make it a priority to ensure our little ones will be warm. Through the Deschutes County Department of Human Services, all items collected by SI Bend are distributed in Central Oregon to local families in need who cannot afford basic baby care supplies. Beginning February 1 through March 31, donations such as diapers, unwrapped clothing, blankets, hygiene items, bottles and pacifiers may be dropped off at the locations below. (Unfortunately, used car seats cannot be accepted.)


Bella Studio Salon – 2150 NE Studio Rd, Bend, 97701

BJ’s Quilt Basket -20225 Badger Road, Bend, 97702

Central Oregon Locavore – 1841 NE 3 rd St, Bend, 97701

Harcourts, The Garner Group - 2762 Northwest Crossing Drive, Ste.100, Bend, 97703

Hopscotch Kids – 1303 NW Galveston, Bend, 97701

Jake’s Diner – 2210 US Hwy 20, Bend, 97701

Lovejoy’s Market – 19530 Amber Meadow Dr., Bend, 97702

Newport Market – 1121 Newport, Bend, 97701

QuiltWorks – 926 NE Greenwood, Bend, 97701


For more details on the SI Bend Community Baby Shower please contact the co-chairs Arlene Hendrix

at 541-617-0079 and/or Shari Anderson at 541-678-5779.