Author and speaker Nita Belles, released her book, "In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective of Human Trafficking" in the United States, in February of 2011. In Our Backyard documents U.S. human trafficking, and is a battle call to Christians to learn the signs of trafficking in our midst, and how to be a part of the solution.
Endorsements for "In Our Backyard" include Marc Klaas, founder of KlaasKids and frequent guest on CNN’s Nancy Grace and other news networks, Mark Lagon, former U.S. Ambassador and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Lynne Hybels, co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, and author of Nice Girls Don’t Change the World, among others.
Nita is also a Board Member and oversees the Central Oregon Region for Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans, (OATH) which is an extension of the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force.
In 2006 Nita began studying about human trafficking and slavery. The more she studied, the more she knew she couldn’t sit on the side-lines, knowing these atrocities were taking place, all over the world, including in her own backyard.
She has worked with victims/survivors of human trafficking and also networked with other national and international anti-trafficking organizations. She brings to the table a deep understanding of a broad scope of women’s issues as well as a compassion for victims and a determination to link arms with other abolitionists in order to end modern day slavery.
In an earlier career Nita started, built and sold a successful printing business. Additionally, she has worked as an Associate Pastor, worked with domestic violence victims/survivors concerning faith issues, and holds a Master’s Degree in Theology with a concentration in Women’s Concerns.
Nita lives in Central Oregon. She and her husband Dan, have been married over 26 years and are parents to two grown children, and have two grandchildren.
In her leisure times, she loves being with her family, she is also an avid Major League Baseball fan, and enjoys fishing, hiking, biking, snow shoeing, and enjoying all the beauty that Central Oregon has to offer.
Nita is available to present to groups everywhere by doing specific trainings or simply bringing awareness. She has an enthusiasm for life and is known as a powerful motivator who will impact any group to which she has the opportunity to present.