In 2010, Tom began engaging in the anti-trafficking fight and quickly noticed that while men are the primary drivers behind the demand that drives sex trafficking, very few were practically involved in effective efforts to abolish it. His vision to create meaningful onramps for men to engage in this issue has resulted in the training, equipping, and support of hundreds of volunteer men across 20 cities in North America. Tom is an active member of several local and national collaborative efforts to eradicate commercial sexual exploitation.
Tom also serves as the demand reduction specialist on the Oregon Attorney General’s Trafficking Advisory Committee. He previously led a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, prosecution, business, and faith communities as the head of the demand subcommittee for the Multnomah Co. Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children or “CSEC” Executive Team. Tom has presented both locally and nationally on the centrality of equipping male allies and focusing on demand reduction as a critical component to any strategy serious about combating sex trafficking. These presentations include The National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Youth and the United Nations Global Council on the Status of Women.