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:

  1. Sign up for the Shared Hope International Daily Prayer email and pray every day for justice.
  2. 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.
  3. Follow and interact with the #humantraffickingawarenessmonth and general #humantrafficking hashtags.
  4. Go to the Trafficking Resource Center and learn the signs of trafficking and how to report a tip.
  5. Download this app:
  6. Volunteer or donate to a local agency that serves trafficking victims and survivors (for Minnesota, go here and other areas, go here).
  7. Set up a training for your church, school, club or workplace.
  8. Speak up when friends treat things like strip clubs, prostitution or pimping as a joke.
  9. Remind the young women (and men!) in your life that they have worth and are worth being protected.
  10. 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!