Educate Yourself

Educate yourself about trafficking and its global and local effects.  These websites are good places to start:

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Polaris Project

Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking

Blue Campaign

Freedom Network

The Protection Project

United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime

Rescue and Restore

Educate  Others

Host a discussion group or film screening to generate awareness.  For suggestions, see:

http://actioncenter.polarisproject.org/resources/movies-and-films  or http://www.combathumantrafficking.org/resources/suggested-resources

If you are involved in any kind of community organization that might encounter a trafficking victim (health care, sexual assault, homeless shelter, etc.), ask if the staff are educated about how to recognize and assist trafficking victims.  Encourage and provide information about education and training opportunities.

Ask your local law enforcement if their officers and victim services staff have received specialized training in identifying and assisting trafficking victims.  If not, encourage them to do so.  The North Carolina Justice Academy has developed a 4-hour basic training specifically for law enforcement.

Organize an event to be held on January 11, the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness (awaiting vote in the U.S. House of Representatives; passed in the U.S. Senate).

ADOPT BEST PRACTICES

The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has adopted a Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.  ASTA now insists that venues for its meetings sign a contract repudiating the commercial sexual exploitation of children, and ensure that such activities do not take place in host facilities.  If you are involved in an association that hosts periodic meetings, ask your association to follow the ASTA Code as it plans events.  See here for more information.

Encourage your company or business to adopt best practices.

USE YOUR PURCHASING POWER

Help survivors develop economic independence by purchasing survivor-made goods.

Patronize companies who support anti-trafficking efforts.  For example, proceeds from a current campaign by The Body Shop go to support ECPAT and the Somaly Mam Foundation.

GET INVOLVED

Support groups engaged in anti-trafficking efforts.  If you live in North Carolina, become a member of NC Stop Human Trafficking, a grass-roots coalition committed to ending trafficking.  You can learn about efforts in North Carolina to reduce the vulnerability of farmworkers to human trafficking at the Farmworker Advocacy Network.

Write your US Representatives in support of House Resolution 102, which seeks to establish January 11 as a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness. The U.S. Senate passed a similar resolution by a unanimous vote, but H. Con. Res. 102 is currently stalled in the House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.

Does your state have an advisory board or commission on trafficking?  If not, write your governor and representatives urging the formation of such a board.

Ask your local leaders to pass a resolution condemning trafficking, such as this one passed by the Town of Chapel Hill:

Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, create a blog, or write your local and state representatives to call their attention to the problem and urge them to act.

Ask your local library to have books and films about human trafficking available for its readers.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline:  1-888-373-7888