While You’re Waiting
We’re regrouping from a great time in Philadelphia for the Justice Conference. While we work toward summing up some of what we learned so we can post it here on the blog, check out #justice2013 on Twitter and see what others are saying.
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
President Obama has declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Below is the text of his address, but first here are a few easy ways you can take action to prevent human trafficking this month. 1. Take the Department of Homeland Security’s training to learn the warning signs of trafficking and how to report it. Plus, visit their resource page to see how business, first responders, law enforcement, and federal employees can fight human trafficking. 2. Tell teens and young adults in your family, church, and community what human trafficking is, how to stay safe, and what toRead more
Everyday Abolitonist: A Creative Ethical Fashion Fundraiser
You may have noticed that one of my favorite refrains here on the STF blog is that you don’t have to be a lawyer or a social worker to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking. Well, I’m at it again. The Baltimore County Commission for Women created a unique fundraiser. And it’s easy to duplicate, even if you’re not in public office. The Baltimore County Commission for Women will host a collection of purses in Towson this month as part of a campaign to benefit victims of human trafficking. As part of the Power of the PurseRead more
A Survivor’s Perspective: 4 Ways to Make a Difference Against Human Trafficking
A few weeks ago, we shared some of trafficking survivor Barbara Amaya’s insights about how survivors of human trafficking can get a fresh start. Today she’s graciously offered to share with STF readers what steps she believes each person can take to stop human trafficking. For more from Barbara, check out her website and her writing at The Washington Times Communities. Barbara shares more of her story in this video. As a survivor of human trafficking I am sometimes asked how can one person make a difference, just what can only one person do to fight against human trafficking? 1)Read more
Extreme Love and Courage
Whenever I’m struggling under the inconvenience of finding fair trade coffee and chocolate and the other small-but-mighty tasks of an everyday abolitionist in the fight against human trafficking, reading about people like Sister Aziza stops me dead in my tracks. Her courage is astounding. First, I’m convicted of my arrogance and laziness. But then, I’m challenged to care more deeply and sacrificially. Sister Aziza is a focal point and a much appreciated personality among Africa’s refugee community in Israel. … In the free clinic for migrants run by the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, where she volunteers as a nurse, SisterRead more
World Vision: Frontline in the Fight Against Trafficking
This post is about World Vision’s antitrafficking work, but you can also read about Nataly Landaverde, a former WV sponsored child who’s competing in the Olympics. Plus check out Lopez Lomong, a former child soldier from South Sudan who is competing with Team USA and partnering with World Vision to help his native country. A recent feature article in World Vision’s magazine highlights to successful effort to save 15-year-old human trafficking victim Savoeun Chea. Savoeun was trafficked from Cambodia where she worked in factory. She was bound for Malaysia where she faced a desperate future. Fortunately, her family andRead more
Welcome Summer – Welcome Colors of Freedom!
Stop Traffick Fashion’s new Colors of Freedom collection is full of bold, bright, colorful, casual ways to express yourself. And each one is an expression of freedom created by women rescued from human trafficking in Cambodia, India, and Uganda. These fresh new totes, clutches, bracelets, and necklaces will make your wardrobe bubble with fun. From eye-catching recycled paper jewelry to delicate clutches to durable recycled bags, the Colors of Freedom collection fits every need—from a day at the beach, to the farmers market, to brunch in the sun. Love summer—love the Colors of Freedom.
Child Abuse: A Precursor to Sex Trafficking
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Statistics show that kids who are victims of abuse at home are at risk of being trafficked. “According to Sandra Morgan, R.N., M.A., the director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, “65 to 85 percent of child victims of commercial sexual exploitation have a history of child sexual abuse in their own community or home environment.” Survivor Holly Smith wrote an article for the Washington Times telling her story and urging readers to help prevent child abuse. Part of her story is below. Find out about the six protective factorsRead more
Child Trafficking Statistics (and an Exciting Human Trafficking Resource)
First the exciting new resource: Here at Stop Traffick Fashion, we’ve pulled together some of the best information on human trafficking and created a one-stop page to tell you everything you need to know. Our goal is to help you understand the problem of human trafficking and the ways you can be involved in the solution. So visit our new About Human Trafficking page, and: • Share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and your blog. I don’t beg often for you to share, but in my humble opinion, this is a great resource—so spread the word! Getting theRead more
Give Hope to Cambodia Through Hagar International
Read previous posts about Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge, and what everyday abolitionist can do to help heal Cambodia. Our partner organization Hagar International works extensively with exploited women and children in Cambodia. Here’s how their website summarizes the conditions of Cambodia and the work they do there: Today, most Cambodians live in extreme poverty, with more than 77 percent of the population earning less than $2 a day. Women and children disproportionately bear the burden of intermittent employment and limited access to health and education services. Sexual and domestic violence are also realities within Cambodian society. Extreme poverty, low levelsRead more