Action Steps for Individuals
Expose the truth about modern-day slavery. Make sure everyone knows. Do research on your own at websites like:
U.S. Department of State Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Human Trafficking Database Child Trafficking Library
Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Global Center for Women and Justice
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Find useful documents to download at:
Invest in Change
Support those on the front-lines and enable them to make a difference. Help fund the most effective projects to reduce slavery and care for its victims like:
Hold businesses accountable and ask corporations to join the fight and buy Fair Trade products (like coffee and chocolate): Chain Store Reaction
Spend a little more shopping on Fair Trade websites like:
Make sure trafficking does not happen on the internet. With the help of vigilant individuals, advertising sites such as Craigslist and Backpage have already responded to public pressure and have shut down "Adult" sections of their site! Click here to read about a recent successful petition.
Keep an eye out and don’t turn away. If you suspect slavery or exploitation, call the national trafficking hotline: 888-3737-888. Find out what to look for at: U.S. National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Do you know any journalists? Encourage newspapers, magazines and television stations to publish or to write stories about modern-day slavery, and how to stop it.
Visit the Trafficking In Persons Report from the State Department. Find out which countries are the worst trafficking offenders. Write a letter to their travel bureau and tell them you won’t visit the country until they address the issue.
The next time you travel and book a hotel, consider staying in a hotel that has signed The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct, developed by ECPAT, which sets a standard of responsible business practices that effectively deters child sexual exploitation.
A TassaTag is a 4"x6" bright, hand-woven cotton luggage tag that helps you spot your luggage more easily. Displaying your TassTag helps to raise awareness of the commecial sexual exploitation of children, sends the message that the sexual exploitation of children is not acceptable, and allows you to be an advocate for children's rights issues.
Buying products made by survivors helps ensure their self-sufficiency. Shop at:
Make Help Available
Place coasters at bars and sleeves for coffee cups to promote the hotline (888-3737-888). In public places, disseminate posters, brochures and other materials about trafficking. Download them from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Organize your community to address the issue in your area. For tips on how, see: Stop Modern Slavery
Advocate for Change
Call or write your elected officials. Tell them that you care about the issue of human trafficking and want stronger laws to protect victims. Keep telling them. Get news from Polaris Project on how to engage in political action and advocacy.
Help collect and pack medical supplies and equipment to be sent to shelters for survivors. (Check out Giving Children Hope)
Global March has freed over 60,000 slaves in India. Their marches promote education for children instead of forced labor and exploitation: Global March Against Child Labour
Walk Some More
Organize neighborhood “Block Walks”. Make sure everyone on your block, in your apartment complex or dorm knows what Human Trafficking is and what to do if they suspect it (888-3737-888 National Tip Line).
Fight Sex Tourism
Ask travel agencies, hotels and tour operators to sign the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children in Travel and Tourism.
Encourage healthcare providers and law enforcement officials to be aware of the signs of human trafficking. Download resource guides from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Get the information to School nurses, Clinics and Urgent Care Centers.
Pressure for raids of forced labor and slavery situations. Lawyers can make a big difference in advocating for legal investigation and prosecuting perpetrators. Have them join the team at International Justice Mission.
Volunteer with organizations caring for survivors. Help build shelters. Teach English. Provide skills training. Ask the organization how you can help. Get involved with a local or state human trafficking task force, i.e., the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force or the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force.
Start a group at your school or university, and make sure your campus is free of products made with slave labor.
Ask airlines to provide training manuals to all their flight attendants on how to watch for victims being trafficked. Find the manual at Innocents at Risk.
Remember the Facts
Memorize the statistics about child and sex slavery. Tell people to memorize the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (tip line) number: 888-3737-888. Put it in your cell phone.
Faith, Schools and Freedom
Help your faith community or school become an Abolitionist Organization. Find these handbooks in the action downloads section at: Not for Sale.
Get Insights from the UN
Learn more and find expert advice in the UN’s Toolkit to Combat Trafficking
Do What You Love.
Use your talents to fight slavery. Do an art project and display it in a public place. Use a sports event to raise awareness and funds for the issue. Talk about the issue at a concert, or make it a benefit for survivors. Film a movie on the state of modern-day slavery and post on YouTube. Write about the issue and post it on blogs. Write a song. PRAY... PRAY... PRAY... “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.” Ps.89:14