There Are Everyday Abolitionists Everywhere You Look

Here are a few recent news stories about normal, everyday people who found out about human trafficking and are using their skills and interests to do something about it.

“Sorority plans week to promote awareness of human trafficking”

Gloria Lee, textiles and apparel and pre-med senior and vice-president of the sorority, led a punctuated screening of the movie “Taken” to cite the differences between kidnapping and prostitution on screen and in real life. Lee said the sorority advocates for Asian women who have fallen victim to human trafficking. In association with the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Lee said the sorority works to raise awareness of and to fight modern forms of slavery. …

“Just because we don’t see it happening doesn’t mean it’s not right in front of us,” Emily Leigh, advertising senior and Kappa Phi Lambda member, said. “People forget that it’s not always prostitution. It can be slavery of any form.”

Accounting junior Shawn Ngoh said the event helped the issue seem more relevant to student life, because it brought up the different kinds of people involved in abduction.

“Local team to publish graphic novel to stop human trafficking”

A pair of local professionals created an out of the ordinary book aimed at broadening awareness about human trafficking. …

“Home of the Brave is a graphic novel about poverty and human trafficking, author Spencer Toyama said.

The story is told through the eyes of a 13 year-old girl who is sold into slavery in America…but this isn’t your average book the novel is written and illustrated in the form of a comic.

“Central New York Freedom Makers: Students’ posters help fight human trafficking”

Six visual communications students at Cazenovia College are using their artistic skills to make a difference for young girls in the Philippines.

Vin Halsey, Jessica Lacelle, Paul Roberts, Joshua Skibbee, Noelle Sippel and Kathryn Wheeler entered a poster contest as part of their Protest and Propaganda class. The contest challenged applicants to create images showing opposition to human trafficking.

“Fighting human trafficking one coffee at a time”

[Erica Raggett] became a trained mentor, and started presenting the issue to everyone she could.

But she was still outraged, and that’s when A 2nd Cup was born. She wanted to open a coffee shop in Houston that would become the hub for abolitionist education, action and networking. She wanted to bring together her skills, passion for coffee, background in education with the underprivileged, faith and compassion and her sense of outrage to fight this horrific injustice. …

Of course they offer beverages produced using ethically-sourced coffee. Their walls teach as well—from the Houston metro color-coded map delineating areas of brothel concentration to their statistics and inspiring quotes. And they have radically opened their space up for use as an educational venue, showing films, offering lectures and inviting partners to meet in their facility.

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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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