Convenience Stores Against Trafficking
Juliana Williams is a passionate advocate in the fight against human trafficking who specializes in program development, business engagement, and communications. Williams is the Program Director for In Our Backyard (IOB), a national nonprofit based in Central Oregon that links arms across America in the fight against human trafficking.
As a focal point of her role with IOB, Williams leads Convenience Stores Against Trafficking, a nationally-recognized program which engages the convenience store industry as eyes and ears in the community to spot human trafficking and save lives. More than 11,000 locations in 22 states have adopted the training and materials, with tangible results of recovery of human trafficking victims. Williams has been a speaker for corporate events, trade shows, fundraisers, and press conferences across the nation.
Previous to her role at IOB, Williams developed the first-ever, comprehensive community relations program for global eyewear and sports company, Oakley, Inc, beginning in 2008. The program incorporated cause marketing, in-kind donations, fundraising events, and employee volunteerism at a local and global scale.
In 2011, at the request of the Oakley CEO, Williams coordinated a team of leaders to launch the Infinite Hero Foundation to benefit veterans with physical and mental health challenges. The foundation garnered $2 million in contributions in the first year and provided valuable seed money for innovative rehabilitation programs.
Since the age of 14, when she started doing outreach to the homeless in her hometown of Boston, Williams has possessed an unrelenting commitment to walking alongside those in need
and creating the tools needed to thrive.
Williams graduated Summa Cum Laude from Westmont College with a Bachelors in Psychology. She’s happily married and loves exploring the outdoor paradise of Bend, OR.