The Cupcake Girls
The Cupcake Girls provides agenda- free community education, case management, holistic resources, and referral services for sex trafficking prevention and aftercare, and to those involved in the adult entertainment industry.
Bottom Line for Portland
As a non-religious, agenda-free nonprofit located in Portland, OR, The Cupcake Girls works with both survivors of sex trafficking and consensual sex workers to facilitate resource access and distribution for one of the most historically underserved and underrepresented communities in our county. Our clients experience multiple intersectionalities of oppression, including but not limited to race-based violence, gender oppression, rampant misinformation and stigma about the sex industry, mental health and physical health challenges, food and housing insecurity, and more. The stigma placed on sex workers creates considerable barriers for reporting victimization and gaining access to health and societal resources such as physical, mental, and emotional care. It is even more challenging for those being trafficked.
In 2020, The Cupcake Girls had 41,000 interactions with individuals seeking assistance and worked with 759 clients in our Direct Care programs. January through March 2021, we have worked with 225 clients and have had 5,483 interactions (check-ins, phone calls, emails, etc.), facilitating access to 626 food scarcity resources, 110 mental health counselors and therapists, and over $4,000 in direct financial support. Supporting The Cupcake Girls means putting funds and resources back into the hands of some of the most marginalized in our community.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Cupcake Girls recognizes that the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion needs of our organization and our clients are essentially the needs of all people (housing, food security, personal safety, emotional and mental health, etc.). Taking into consideration intersectionality and historic/systemic oppression, our approach values every person as unique and worthy of respect, relationship, and access to the resources they have self-elected and chosen for their own safety and success. The Cupcake Girls is committed to greater learning around how to be a truly anti-racist and equity driven organization, and we recognize we will never be done with this work and will always have room to grow.
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