Images that Empower Women
Images are powerful. They influence how we see ourselves, how we see others, and how we see the good things and the bad things in the world around us. Images can help. They put a face to cultures and world issues. They can promote compassion and connection and understanding. But they can hurt too. They can oversimplify, evoke guilt, exploit people for a cause, or limit what seems possible. Stale media images become ingrained in our minds and keep us from fresh thinking, but the opposite can be true too: thoughtful variety and honesty can root out timeworn ideas aboutRead more
Progress at the Super Bowl
We posted last week about the potential for human trafficking at the Super Bowl, and while it would be crass to call anything but an exploitation-free event good news, there was some positive progress in the weeks leading up to the game. As reported by MSN: Forty-five people were arrested and 16 juveniles rescued in a two-week crackdown on prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area leading up to last Sunday’s Super Bowl, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said on Tuesday. The bureau said some of those arrested claimed they traveled to the site because of the high-profile football game,Read more
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