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 Purse campaign, new or gently used purses may be dropped off curbside on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 3 to 7 p.m., at 7 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson. The commission is working with The Samaritan Women (TSW) to fill a truck with purses. The items will later be sold to raise money for The Samaritan Women programs.

In addition, the commission is sponsoring Dinner for a Cause the same night at 7West Bistro Grill in Towson. Fifteen percent of all eat-in dinner receipts on Oct. 23 will be donated to The Samaritan Women.

Here are some tips for having your own fundraiser:

  • 1. Gather a group of friends to help you organize the project.
  • 2. Have a kick-off dinner to boost the fun factor.
  • 3. Choose an anti-trafficking organization to support (what about Hagar or IJM?).
  • 4. Choose an item, like purses, that people can donate for auction. (Increase your impact by asking people to donate ethical fashion.)
  • 5. Spread the word with flyers, emails, social media, speaking events, and more.
  • 6. Host the event with food, a fun atmosphere, and information about human trafficking.
  • 7. After the event, let participants know just how big an impact they had in the fight against human trafficking.

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Emily founded Stop Traffick Fashion in 2009. She’d been becoming more and more involved in the abolitionist movement, and she decided to start STF as an opportunity to bring together the best of all products made by survivors of trafficking. She hopes her response to trafficking will inspire others to take action, even in a small way. Emily lives in Bend, Oregon, enjoys traveling, and has visited Hagar International and StopStart in Cambodia.

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