This article is Part #2 of Ways to Get Involved in the Movement. The first was published here on End Crowd’s News Channel on February 26. Consider the twenty suggestions in the articles and take action. Together we can make a difference.
- Bring people together. Organize an event to raise awareness through your church, school, or other organizations to which you belong. Consider starting a discussion group or introduce an anti-slavery book to your book club.
- Talk to educators. Encourage schools in your area to implement curriculum in the classroom to teach students about this issue and to help parents understand that school-aged children can be targets. ECPAT-USA has a toolkit for teachers and administrators to use. Interested? Get more information by contacting [email protected].
- Read current news. Start a news alert to receive articles about modern slavery or sign up for End Crowd’s real-time news channel at https://www.endcrowd.org/news-signup
- Increase community awareness. Write letters to the editors of your local papers. Then contact news writers and ask them to publish articles that will better inform their readers.
- Add your name. Sign an anti-trafficking petition or start a petition to be delivered to a policy-changing individual or organization.
- Support survivors. If you own or manage a business, support survivors with job training or internships. Or give out promotional items to your customers that are made by survivors.
- Take action as a student. If you are a student, write a term paper about trafficking, or publish an article in your school paper. Introduce the topic of modern slavery to various school clubs, sororities, and fraternities. Host an anti-slavery event on your campus. Get more information by contacting [email protected].
- Take action as an officer. If you are a member of law enforcement, start a task force to stop human trafficking. Learn and teach the signs, the red flags, that indicate a trafficked victim.
- Take action as a health provider. If you are a mental or medical health provider, make anti-trafficking printed materials available in your office, train your staff about the topic, and know where to send victims for low-cost or free assistance.
- Take action as a legal representative. If you are an attorney, be mindful of the signs of human trafficking when representing your clients. Know where to send victims who are eligible for benefits. Volunteer with anti-trafficking organizations to provide legal work.
“Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.” – Edmund Burke
Read more at the U.S. Department of State’s website http://www.state.gov/j/tip/id/help/