8 things YOU can DO

 “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke

Human Trafficking is a massive evil that must be attacked from multiple angles.  We need all the Good Guys we can get!  Use this page to explore some of the many ways you can get involved and DO SOMETHING.

SET AMERICA’S MORAL COMPASS RIGHT SIDE UP
Mainstream America is reaching new lows of moral decline…from pornographic images being infused into kid-accessible media to shockingly degrading lyrics topping pop music charts.  Our society is becoming increasingly desensitized to the sexual exploitation of women (and children, and men!).  Thankfully two organizations have stood up to say enough is enough.  Check ’em out, join the mailing lists, support the campaigns, add your voice to say Enough is Enough!
WeAreUltraviolet.org  UltraViolet is a growing community of over 1,000,000 women and men across the U.S. mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture. UltraViolet combines innovative, cutting-edge organizing with grassroots, people-powered actions to fight for equality and progress.
PornHarms.com  The leading national organization opposing pornography and indecency through public education and the application of the law.

TAKE IT UP WITH UNCLE SAM
There are dozens of game-changing laws in need of support– stricter penalties for traffickers and buyers, better protection for victims, funding for safe houses, lower barriers for trafficking convictions (so that, for example, a conviction doesn’t rely solely upon a little girl taking the stand against the man she’s most terrified of!), and the list goes on.  Help pass these laws by writing letters, attending lobby days, petitioning and more. Hers’s one great hub for all things legislative when it comes to trafficking: FreedomCommons.IJM.org

PERSONALLY PROTECT “EASY PREY”
Did you know that 1 in 3 children who run away from home will engage in “survival sex” within the first 48 hours of being on the street?  The best way to keep a child at home is to have a loving home environment.  If you feel called to be a hero in a child’s life through foster parenting or adoption, check out this national resource for starting that process: AdoptUsKids.org 

HIT THE BAD GUYS WHERE IT HURTS: THE POCKETS
There are an estimated 27 million trafficking victims in the world, both sex trafficking and labor trafficking.  Do your best to support slave free, fair trade companies instead of companies that use forced or child labor.  Research before you buy.  The best tool we’ve found for researching a company’s slavery footprint is www.free2work.org.  You can search companies by industry or product and learn why each company receives a score ranging from A+ to F.

ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
Human trafficking is everywhere.  Chances are you needn’t look too far to lend a helping hand to local anti-trafficking organizations. From residential facilities for victims to the Salvation Army (which is very active in this movement!),  there are probably good organizations doing good things in your community in need of good people to help.  In addition to a quick google search, you can use this state-by-state directory to find local anti-trafficking organizations: www.PolarisProject.org

SPREAD THE WORD
You have the power to set up an awareness event for your circle… a small family circle or a wide community circle, every person matters.  The ideas are endless.  You can plan a movie night to watch a documentary like Nefarious, In Plain Sight, or Very Young Girls.  You can suggest an anti-trafficking book for your book club.  You can organize an awareness event at your local school or church, invite experts/survivors to speak and pass out free awareness materials.  Or, you can just educate yourself from the many great online resources, videos and websites and start spreading the word to one person at a time.  It’s all about sowing seeds.

REPORT, REPORT, REPORT
One of the biggest sex slavery rescues of 2013 happened as a result of one woman noticing that numerous men kept coming in and out of the apartment down the hall.  She call the trafficking hotline and reported the tip.  The hotline gave the tip to the local authorities.  Lives were saved.  She’s a hero.  If you suspect trafficking, don’t hesitate to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888 3737 888.  All calls are confidential and the hotline is live 24/7.

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR HEART IS
If you find an organization or cause you believe in, please donate.  It’s a shame how many great initiatives die due to lack of funding.  Your dollars can make all the difference in helping to stop the evil of human trafficking.
Not sure which organization to donate to?  Contact Office@SowersEducationGroup.com for guidance.  Our team has worked alongside many great organizations doing awesome things.  We’ll listen to what matters to you and steer you in the right direction.

“Nobody made a bigger mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” -Edmund Burke