Speakers to address sex trafficking
The program, which is open to the public, will be held in the McMinnville Community Center. A catered lunch is available for $12 for those who RSVP by May 3 to Kathy Robinson at 503-376-9477 or krobinsonsings4U2@comcast.net.
Marshall will be joined by Nita Belles, Central Oregon director for Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans, who will discuss her work combating sex trafficking at the Super Bowl.
As the chief federal law enforcement officer in Oregon, Marshall oversees prosecution of all federal crimes and civil matters on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. She said she is committed to protecting Americans from terrorism and threats to national security, combating violent crime, fighting financial fraud and protecting the country’s vulnerable populations.
She serves on the Attorney General’s Subcommittees on Terrorism/National Security and Native American Issues. She recently traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, to train lawyers and judges in the prosecution of human trafficking offenders there.
Prior to her appointment as U.S. Attorney, Marshall worked for the Oregon Department of Justice as the assistant attorney general in charge of the Child Advocacy Section, representing the state Department of Human Services. She earlier worked as a deputy district attorney in Coos County.
Marshall graduated from the University of Oregon in 1992 and received her law degree in 1995 from the Willamette University College of Law. While in law school, she served as tribal court clerk for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
Nita Belles, an ordained minister, is an author, speaker and organizer. As part of her efforts against human trafficking, she works with victim rescue and restoration, law enforcement and social services.
Following a career in business, Nita Belles earned a master’s degree in theology with a focus on women’s concerns and then worked as an associate pastor and domestic violence chaplain.
In 2011, she published a book, “In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States.” She also has written articles for magazines.