Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Did you know that January is #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth in the United States? Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing 8 great ways to learn more about human trafficking and how to fight it!
Up first: Start by checking out tools from the US Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign that answer the question: What is Human Trafficking?#JLFightsHumanTrafficking
Step Two: January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States. But Human Trafficking happens across the globe, and our sister Leagues in Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom commemorate the issue at different times of the year. Today, mark your calendars with these other important human trafficking dates:
February 22: Human Trafficking Awareness Day (Ontario, Canada)
October 18: Anti-Slavery Day (United Kingdom)
July 30: World Day against Trafficking in Persons/Día Mundial contra la Trata (International)
Step Three: Set aside 30 minutes to watch the Junior League of Portland’s documentary Waiting for the Light. The film exposes the scope and impact of sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Portland, Oregon.
Step Four: Check out Shared Hope International’s state report cards to learn more about how your state fares in the fight against child sex trafficking.
Step Five: The Junior League of Northern Westchester has an online HT/CSEC Issue Center, a one-stop-location for education, research and outreach efforts on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Take a look and learn more about the issue today!
Step Six: We can all play a part in identifying victims. Learn more about how to recognize the signs of human trafficking from Polaris.
Step Seven: Save and share the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888 or text HELP to 233733. Find more info and other international hotlines here.
Step Eight: The fight doesn’t end on January 31! Stay engaged and up to date on the issue throughout the year. One way to do that? Follow the Abolish Movement for updates and resources. Check out our full list of suggested social media follows here.