January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. I know the month is almost over, but we should be carrying this awareness into the rest of the year if we really want to fight this epidemic. This is especially relevant considering that the Super Bowl is right around the corner, which is one of the biggest events for human trafficking. It’s easy to see such a terrible thing and feel small, and like there is nothing I can do to help. It may be a big problem, but solving it has to start with someone, and that someone can be you! There are so many ways that you can join the fight against human trafficking. It’s time to speak up for the voiceless and begin the fight.
“You can choose to look the other way, but never again can you say you never knew.”
The biggest thing you can do to help is to educate yourself. We can’t do anything without first being aware ourselves. We need to understand the reality of human trafficking, the signs to look for, how and where to report, and what organizations are nearby that we could volunteer with or give to.
This is the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888, if you witness more of an emergency type situation please call 911.
Here are a few helpful videos and resources to start educating yourself today:
Donate to an Anti-Human Trafficking Organization
For anti-human trafficking organizations to accomplish anything, they need funds. If we want to help end this epidemic, we have to partner with those organizations and assist them in the fight.
Here are a few organizations you can donate to:
Volunteer at an Anti-Human Trafficking Organization
If you’re more of a hands on type person, this one would be a great option. Most anti-human trafficking organizations rely heavily on their volunteers and you can never have too many. It makes all the difference getting to be an actual part in all that these organizations are doing. You might get to meet someone or hear a real life story from your area, those things are impactful and unmatched.
Here are a few organizations in the DFW area:
Participate in a Walk or a Run
For those of you who want to help, but would rather do something that requires less commitment compared to volunteering or donating, there are walks and runs that benefit this cause. You pay a registration fee, run or walk the race, and that’s it, but you are still a part of the fight!
Here are some in the DFW area coming up soon:
Race 2 Rescue (March 3rd)
Traffic911 (this link is if you want to plan your own fundraiser/walk/or run)
Shop from Businesses That Support the Fight Against Human Trafficking
This is an option where you get something tangible out of your donation. There are many shops that donate a percentage of their proceeds to anti-human trafficking organizations or that have unique ways to show their support in fighting human trafficking.
Here are a few of those businesses:
Horacio Printing: donates 10% of their proceeds to A21
Jars of Hope: donates 100% of their proceeds to fighting human trafficking around the world
Uncvrd Jewelry: donates 40% of their proceeds to a nonprofit that helps “break mental and physical ties women have to their pimps”
Citizen and Darling: clothing line that donates a portion of their proceeds to help rescue those trapped in human trafficking
Good Paper: hand-made greeting cards made by women who have escaped human trafficking in the Philippines and young adults orphaned in Rwanda
So many people have no idea that human trafficking even exists, or they don’t understand the true weight of it. That’s where we get to join the fight by educating others around us. That can be in a simple conversation, post on social media, or even starting a group or club somewhere!
You can start today by sharing this post to help others come alongside the fight with you!
Human trafficking happens all over the world, but sometimes seeing it from a different perspective helps. I discovered my passion to fight this epidemic in another country and have gone on other trips since then as well. It helps open our eyes to what other countries are going through, it makes us more aware of it in our own neighborhoods, and it helps us get out of our bubble and experience something different. “Go” doesn’t even have to mean another country either, I also went to Atlanta, GA a few years ago when it was the number one spot in the US for human trafficking. Going, getting out of your comfort zone, and going for the sole purpose of focusing on this one issue will change your life.
I believe there is power in prayer. I believe we are fighting in spiritual warfare when we pray. Next time you’re praying for the world or injustices in our world, pull up this post and pray for some of the points listed below!
Here are a few points to pray for:
- that victims would be rescued
- the recovery of survivors
- the traffickers
- the safety of those fighting against human trafficking
- the vulnerable countries, cities, streets, etc
- the children in low income neighborhoods
- the legal system
- the families of trafficked victims
- for opportunities to spread awareness and share with others
This post is a little long, but I believe it’s important. We have to be the voice for the voiceless and the excuses to stand idly by aren’t cutting it anymore. I hope this post gave you some solutions, some answers, and some ideas.
Keep in mind that I didn’t link to every possible option, just a handful. There are so many organizations, shops, ways to get involved, and avenues find information about human trafficking. I didn’t want to overwhelm you with information more than I probably already have.
If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comments or you can email me as well!