Projects that reduce human trafficking

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Fair Trade

1. Create a Fair Trade table at your school or church fair with local items, gifts made by people in the 3rd world and flyers.  If every school and church did this, we could significantly reduce slavery because the U.S. is the third most populated country in the world and does most of the purchasing of 3rd world items.  Another good time to do this would be around the holidays so people can purchase gifts.

Reduce Demand

1. Create some anti-porn posters from our Awareness Campaign tab and/or the Fight the New Drug site and sell them at a table at an educational anti-human trafficking conference or at a local task force meeting.  You will need to get permission first from the organizers.


2. Offer a Celebrate Recovery or The Conquer Series program at your church for porn and sex addicts.  Also offer a support group for people who are in a relationship with the porn or sex addict.  The Conquer series has a 90% success rate with regard to having men and women stop viewing porn.


2.  There is a movement in the U.S. to name porn a National Health Crisis with 16 states joining this effort in the last two years. What that does is move porn out of the "free speech" domain into the domain of a "health crisis" which frees up money and resources to limit porn and makes it possible to talk about the dangers of porn in schools.  You can find the states that have done this at the "Fight the New Drug" site which tracks this.  You can ask "family movements" in your state to add this to their agenda.  These groups tend to have a lot of legislative influence.

Prevent Victimization

1. PTA or school administrators can offer cyber exploitation training for parents.  Most police departments have an officer who can do this.  We also offer a training on this on our Speakers and Training tab.  The A21 campaign has a training that is common core approved and designed as a short program or for one quarter. 


2.  Work with your school to create anti-human trafficking clubs.  This is even important on college campuses as the recruiters are selling college students on the idea of becoming an escort to pay for college.  


3.  Take a group out to post stickers in bathrooms where there are victims like sporting events.  

Raise Awareness

1. Create an educational event with speakers.   The ones that draw the most people are the ones with workshops on how people can protect their own children.  You need to make sure your event "hits home."  People will be less interested if they think human trafficking is a "foreign problem" so make sure your promotion includes information that human trafficking exists in the area where they live.  Make sure you serve Fair Trade coffee.   Even better, have a Fair Trade table at your event with examples of products people can buy locally.  


2. Create a poster outreach campaign and invite your friends to help you get them out. Many states have mandated that posters need to go up in travel centers like bus stations, massage parlors, liquor stores, etc.  Go to the site for your state attorney general to find more information on this.  Call the city to find out what the rules are for handing out posters to businesses.


3. Get Billboards up.  You can find information on this on our  Awareness Campaign tab.


4.  Do a drive for a non-profit for items that they need with a basket on the table for donations.  On your table also include flyers that people can take.  We have examples of flyers on our Awareness Campaign tab..

Professionals

1. If you are in the medical profession, then ask for a training for your hospital or clinic.  It may be as simple as participating in the Soar webinars together and discussing it or inviting a speaker to come speak.  Heal Trafficking has speakers who may be available in your state.  Here is their toolkit.


2. If your law office does pro-bono work, ask them to consider representing victims for civil cases to get "back pay" or damages.   CASTLA has conference calls and trainings for this on their Training and Resource tab. Sometimes the DA takes on these civil cases, sometimes they do not.   You can contact non-profits who take care of victims to find out who needs to be represented. 


3.  If you are a teacher, enroll your school in doing teacher and administrator trainings to create the kind of working model for schools that is one the "Working Models" page. Here are guidelines that we created on how to talk to teens who are being groomed that was created in partnership with survivors of human trafficking. 


4.  If you are a postman or woman or an Uber driver or bus driver, ask for a training from Homeland Security.  While companies like Uber does do training,  sometimes it helps for local drivers to follow up and make sure it is happening.  For that matter any company can do trainings, especially for personnel where teens hang out.  Recruiters are everywhere teens are, including but not limited to swap meets, juice and pizza places, the movies, the mall, etc.  All of these businesses should do some type of training.  Mall security needs to be vigilant regarding this..  


5.  Non-profits who take care of victims need doctors and dentists who will provide care at no cost.  They also need tattoo removal artists.  Yoga teachers can offer to come and give a class.

Taking Care of Victims

1. Churches can partner with a non-profit that takes care of victims and when they complete the program, they can invite the former victim to their singles groups, family groups if they have children, etc. They can help them get a job, a sitter for their children, etc.  Everyone needs a community to be be part of that supports them. 


2. Many churches participate in Street Outreach but one really needs training by law enforcement on this so you do it in a way that truly supports victims.  Giving a prostituted person a bag with items like socks and praying over them can get that victim in trouble as they are suppose to be working. Being "in trouble" with a pimp can mean getting beaten and/or burned.  It is also not safe to be on the street.  


3. Create a home. Any entity can partner with a non-profit and raise money for a home.  Unless survivors of human trafficking have a place where they can heal, learn job skills, etc. they will return to the "the life" just to survive.  Please see Home for Victims on the Working Models tab.