Your Response This World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Each July 30th, the United Nations internationally commemorates the day as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to raise awareness of the horrible reality that is impacting millions of lives around the world and in communities all throughout the United States.   How is this happening? Human trafficking is the sale of human beings for the purposes of sexual exploitation, …

Internet Safety | The Unknown Dangers

In 2019, the CyberTipline received over 16.9 million reports of online exploitation of children. It’s hard to comprehend these figures. Yet with new games, apps, and websites readily available in a single click, many youth face dangers downloading, uploading, sharing, and connecting on the Internet. These apps and games may appear harmless on the surface, but do you know the …

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Addressing Misconceptions

20,000 calls a day are placed to domestic violence hotlines. While you may know that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, do you know what you can do to help your local programs that serve domestic violence survivors? This month, we had the privilege of talking with several domestic violence programs to learn about their greatest needs, obstacles that …

Is My Student At-Risk?

Human trafficking is everywhere, including schools. The very idea seems unimaginable. And yet, whether a school is in an urban, suburban, or rural community, students may be at risk of human trafficking and exploitation. Any minor who is recruited for the purpose of commercial sex is a victim of human trafficking. Federal law does not require force, fraud, or coercion. …

Do You Know What Human Trafficking Looks Like?

When people first learn about human trafficking, they learn the legal definitions of labor trafficking, sex trafficking, and sometimes organ trafficking. While this is important and foundational, knowing how human trafficking manifests is equally as important. Sex trafficking and labor trafficking can happen to men, women, and children, regardless of age. But knowing the definition is just the beginning – …

What Does Restoration Include?

Restorative care and reintegrative services are an essential part of the continuum of care for a survivor. Without support post-rescue or exit, survivors may find themselves facing the same vulnerabilities that led to their exploitation in the first place. But what does aftercare look like? What services need to be included? What happens when a survivor graduates from a restoration …

What Is Human Trafficking Identification?

By June of 2018, the National Human Trafficking Hotline had received over 14,000 calls, with over 5,000 cases of human trafficking reported in the United States. As AWARENESS of human trafficking grows, it is critically important to know how to identify a potential case of human trafficking in your local community (or abroad) and to know what to do when …

A Global Day of Giving

On Giving Tuesday in 2017, $274 million was raised for organizations by more than 2.5 million contributors. What is Giving Tuesday? #GivingTuesday is a day of global generosity that kicks off the giving season and is celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The concept was created by a team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City …

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 …

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 …