Human Trafficking Awareness Month
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. I encourage you to take a little bit of time to post on social media, write a blog post or an email, simply have a conversation or make some sort of effort to raise awareness for this injustice that plagues our planet.
Today, I took a little time to create and post this cover photo on my Facebook, and used the Shared Hope International banner for my profile photo. It already has resulted in a few messages asking about trafficking.
And obviously, I am here blogging about anti-trafficking and hope to throughout the month.
Here are a few other ideas on how you can raise awareness and engage in the community of abolitionists fighting trafficking and exploitation:
- Sign up for the Shared Hope International Daily Prayer email and pray every day for justice.
- Read a book from a survivor of exploitation (go to my resource page to find suggestions) and post your thoughts on your blog or social media.
- Follow and interact with the #humantraffickingawarenessmonth and general #humantrafficking hashtags.
- Go to the Trafficking Resource Center and learn the signs of trafficking and how to report a tip.
- Download this app: http://www.redlighttraffic.org/app/
- Volunteer or donate to a local agency that serves trafficking victims and survivors (for Minnesota, go here and other areas, go here).
- Set up a training for your church, school, club or workplace.
- Speak up when friends treat things like strip clubs, prostitution or pimping as a joke.
- Remind the young women (and men!) in your life that they have worth and are worth being protected.
- Teach youth how to discern how to avoid vulnerable situations and/or when to speak up when a friend seems to be vulnerable.
And the list goes on, but now I am curious what you are doing to raise awareness about human trafficking. Leave comments with more suggestions!