Courtesy Brian Willis
Brian Willis, a Portland-based human trafficking activist, stands near a park in Mexico City where women in prostitution leave their children. Willis is helping an aid organization form a partnership with women religious who care for the youngsters. Next to the park is a 16th-century church.  

Courtesy Brian Willis

Brian Willis, a Portland-based human trafficking activist, stands near a park in Mexico City where women in prostitution leave their children. Willis is helping an aid organization form a partnership with women religious who care for the youngsters. Next to the park is a 16th-century church.  

A Portland anti-human-trafficking activist is in Mexico City where he has been invited to work with a Mexican organization that assists women in prostitution. The organization has asked Brian Willis of St. Mary Cathedral to assess the unmet needs of prostituted women who are mothers.

Willis suggested to workers that they go to a nearby church to ask about children who are left in the park while their mothers work the streets. The priest also is interested in helping the women in prostitution. A group of women religious care for some of the children left in the park. The sisters are eager to work with the organization and Willis. 

“Helping to make these introductions and develop partnerships is an important part of my work,” Willis says in an email from Mexico.