Although this important day is less than one week away, here a few ideas on how you can participate in this national event and get involved in the fight to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
1. Participate in a community human trafficking awareness event.
2. Host a human trafficking brown bag lunch at your workplace to educate colleagues.
3. For faith based individuals, incorporate human trafficking education materials in your weekly bible study or faith based gathering.
4. Encourage your local library to display books on the issue of human trafficking during the month of January (January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month).
5. Write a guest commentary or letter to your local newspaper regarding human trafficking awareness day and the issue of human trafficking.
6. Host an awareness/fundraising event to support a local human trafficking organization.
7. Host a Human Trafficking Movie Night in your community.
8. Browse the website of a local, national, or international organization. Go to my Human Trafficking Links page for a list of organizations that are doing great work on this issue.
9. Educate yourself by reading a new book or watching a documentary about human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
10. Plan a prayer walk or candlelight vigil at your town center or place of worship.
11. Contact your Senators and Representative today and ask them to support the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act.
12. Read the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report.
13. Join your local human trafficking task force/coalition. If your area does not have a task force, contact your local Sheriff’s department to coordinate the establishment of one.
14. Consider giving a monthly donation to a local, national, or international organization that is working to end slavery and human trafficking.
15. Save the national trafficking hotline number in your cell phone (1-888-373-7888), educate yourself on the signs of trafficking, and report suspected trafficking cases.