National Adoption Month

As of October of 2017, there were over 117,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted and only 4,714 intercountry adoptions to the U.S. People may not know what they have to offer when it comes to adoption, but there is something EVERYONE can do.  November is National Adoption Month, and a time when community members, professionals, parents, and …

Compassion Fatigue for Normal People

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Compassion Fatigue You may have heard the term, but have you thought about how it impacts your daily life? Compassion fatigue used to be something that was only discussed in reference to therapists, caregivers, and aid workers. Now, it’s something that all of us are subject to. Compassion fatigue is the result of the constant exposure to the hurt and …

Knowledge is Power

Independence Day and Juneteenth are times when we pause as a nation to reflect on freedom, independence, and resilience. There are many types of modern day slavery and exploitation, including labor trafficking, debt bondage, domestic servitude, sex trafficking and others. We’ve compiled a list of some amazing organizations and resources below! Take a look at all they are doing to advance the cause of freedom.   Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives | FDFI is an abolitionist organization founded by …

Natural Disasters and Human Trafficking

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When you think about a natural disaster like an earthquake, tsunami, flood, or tornado, you probably picture its physical destruction. You might think of collapsed buildings, families sleeping in shelters, or survivors wading through flooded streets. However, as many who have lived through natural disasters know, the actual emergency event is only a piece of the devastation that natural disasters bring. There …

Aging Out of Foster Care

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Any wise elder, self-help book, or motivational speaker will tell you that in order to succeed, you have to have a plan. You have to begin with the end in mind. But, how can you plan for a successful future when you’re not sure what the next week, month, or year will hold for you in the most fundamental areas …

What do 437,500 Kids in the US have in Common?

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Every two minutes, a child in the United States enters foster care. In 2017, there were 437,500 children in foster care, and that number is rising every day. May is National Foster Care Month. It’s a time when community members, parents, child welfare professionals, and YOU can engage in a national conversation about the issue of foster care in the United States. …

5 Reasons Foster Youth Become Human Trafficking Victims

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Why are foster youth more likely to be trafficked and what can you do to help? In 2013, the FBI conducted a nationwide raid in 70 cities. That night, 60% of the youth they rescued from sex traffickers were missing from foster care or from group homes. In 2007, a study of 2,250 child victims of trafficking revealed that 75% …

Why Word Choice Matters: Human Trafficking, Smuggling, and more

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Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling, Migration, Immigration, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers are labels for people that are often and easily confused. Explaining any one of these terms requires an in-depth look at its context in the United States and around the world. It’s important to understand the differences between these terms for two reasons. First, these terms are used so often …

Knowledge is Power

Learning IS doing something. As the saying goes, “Knowledge is power!” In order to prevent human trafficking from ever happening in the first place, we must be aware that it exists. We must also continually learn about the many changing facets and causes of this evil crime. But perhaps, most important after learning about the issue, is understanding what is already …

Human Trafficking 101: Who are the Victims?

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We are working through our Human Trafficking 101 blog series, and this is part three. If you missed the first two posts in this series, make sure to go back and read part one, Uncovering Myths and Intricacies and part two, Human Trafficking Happens Everywhere. And now, for the rest of the story: Where does it all begin for a human trafficking victim? The …