Ten Ways You Can Help Fight Modern Slavery

Posted by Luis CdeBaca
February 1, 2013
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Today our nation celebrates National Freedom Day, which commemorates the day in 1865 when the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery was sent to the states for ratification. It is also the culmination of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Around the world, as many as 27 million people are still victimized in human trafficking, or modern slavery. This scourge occurs everywhere in the world -- including our own country. However, there is progress. Here in the United States, nearly every state has some form of anti-trafficking legislation -- and Wyoming is poised soon to become the last state to criminalize modern slavery. The passage of this bill, and others like it, is due in no small part to the work and advocacy of non-governmental organizations, victim service providers, legislators, and concerned citizens like you. As we celebrate the enduring promise of freedom embodied in the Emancipation Proclamation and our Constitution, I hope you will join the continuing struggle to end modern slavery and become a modern day abolitionist. Here are 10 ways you might get involved:

1. Learn the red flags that may indicate human trafficking and ask follow up questions so that you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. Human trafficking awareness training is available for individuals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, and federal employees.

2. In the United States, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888 (24/7) to get help and connect with a service provider in your area, report a tip with information on potential human trafficking activity; or learn more by requesting training, technical assistance, or resources. Call federal law enforcement directly to report suspicious activity and get help from the Department of Homeland Security at 1-866-347-2423 (24/7), or submit a tip online at www.ice.gov/tips, or from the U.S. Department of Justice at 1-888-428-7581 from 9:00am to 5:00pm (ET). Victims, including undocumented individuals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.

3. Be a conscientious consumer. Discover your Slavery Footprint, and check out the Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies, including your own, to take steps to investigate and eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains and to publish the information for consumer awareness.

4. Incorporate human trafficking information into your professional associations' conferences, trainings, manuals, and other materials as relevant.

5. Join or start a grassroots anti-trafficking coalition.

6. Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal government representatives to let them know that you care about combating human trafficking in your community, and ask what they are doing to address human trafficking in your area.

7. Distribute public awareness materials available from the Department of Health and Human Services or Department of Homeland Security.

8. Volunteer to do victim outreach or offer your professional services to a local anti-trafficking organization.

9. Donate funds or needed items to an anti-trafficking organization in your area.

10. Encourage your local schools to partner with students and include the issue of modern day slavery in their curriculum. As a parent, educator, or school administrator, be aware of how traffickers target school-aged children.

As President Obama proclaimed, we renew our call on all Americans to recognize the vital role we can play in ending all forms of slavery. You can find 10 more ways to help fight human trafficking in our fact sheet, and take a stand for freedom.



February 1, 2013

Pawan in India writes:

Human trafficking has become major problem in many country, we have to stop it.

Sam O.
February 1, 2013

Sam O. in Nigeria writes:

in so many ways, slavery [ ref ; the forceful enslavement today of the Black African Negroes of South Sudan/Darfur by the Arab North Africans of [North] Sudan/Khartoum in Africa and other instances of slavery in the world today] ---- is a most horrific and terrible crime and a direct frontal assault against our collective humanity .........

sule k.
February 3, 2013

Sule K. in Nigeria writes:

Talking of human trafficking is the most difficult things to stop in my country because the corruption it has block the face of our leadership to pay attention to human needs.

Bronwen F.
New Zealand
February 4, 2013

Bronwen F. in New Zealand writes:

Modern slavery moves from one from manual labour to sexual industry for children and woman. While the poverty is in the country those that have the wealth have the power..Church, government, tourist, leaving those that are poor and vunerable open to abuse..When those that are suppose to help and are the abusers then it is cruelty. The philosophy of the country needs to change.

Joe A.
February 6, 2013

Joe A. in India writes:

Human trafficking is a major problem yet in many parts of the world. Poor people are yet exploited and are enslaved. Hats off to United States for their initiative.


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