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Free2Work Smartphone App Lets Shoppers Fight Slavery

by Amanda Kloer

The Not for Sale Campaign is giving shoppers the chance to fight slavery with their smart phones this holiday season. The Free2Work app give consumers a handy guide to how their favorite brands fare in preventing slavery and other serious abuses in their supply chains. Now you’re just a touchscreen away from making every purchase support freedom and fairness for workers around the world. Continue reading

40 Ideas for Action on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: From Facebook to Legislation

by Amanda Kloer

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. But here in the End Human Trafficking Community at Change.org, every day is about human trafficking awareness. So to build off the awesome awareness-raising activities going on around the country, I’m bringing you ideas for action. Last year, I gave you 11 suggestions of things to do today to help end human trafficking. This year, we’re raising the bar to 40. Everything on this two-part list is a quick, easy action you can take to spread the word about and help fight modern-day slavery. But all these little actions add up fast, and if every one of the over 43,000 people in this online community did just one thing on this list, we would see a huge difference in the fight against human trafficking.

So here is my challenge to you. 1 day. 1 action. 40 ideas. What will you do to end slavery today?

40 Things I Can Do to End Slavery on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Part 1

1. Grab my cell: save the National Human Trafficking Hotline number (888-373-3888) in my phone, so I can call it if I spot potential trafficking.

2. Update my Facebook status with information about National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, even if it’s just an announcement that the day exists.

3. Tweet a link to an article about human trafficking.

4. Call my mom and tell her it’s National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and ask her to call at least one friend and tell them the same.

5. Email all the people in my contact book a link to this blog, or another blog about human trafficking.

6. Wear an article of clothing which declares my support for abolition.

7. Put an abolition bumper sticker on my car or truck.

8. Distribute National Human Trafficking Hotline wallet cards.

9. Sign a petition on Change.org.

10. Create a petition on Change.org.

11. Comment on a blog post about human trafficking on Change.org.

12. Pass out flyers in my neighborhood, school, or community.

13. Put up posters in places where it’s legal.

14. Host a video or film screening.

15. Watch human trafficking videos online with my friends, family, or co-workers.

16. Invite people over for dessert and a discussion about human trafficking.

17. Find out if my state has an anti-trafficking law.

18. Ask my state legislators to pass an anti-trafficking law.

19. Attend a Human Trafficking Awareness Day event in my community.

20. Go online and buy a book about human trafficking for myself or as a gift.

A number of these actions were inspired by the even longer list available here. Click on “Take Action” for a list of ideas specific to who you are.

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40 Ideas for Action on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: From Fair Trade to Fundraising

by Amanda Kloer

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. But here in the End Human Trafficking Community at Change.org, every day is about human trafficking awareness. So to build off the awesome awareness-raising activities going on around the country, I’m bringing you ideas for action. Last year, I gave you 11 suggestions of things to do today to help end human trafficking. This year, we’re raising the bar to 40. Everything on this two-part list is a quick, easy action you can take to spread the word about and help fight modern-day slavery. But all these little actions add up fast, and if every one of the over 43,000 people in this online community did just one thing on this list, we would see a huge difference in the fight against human trafficking.

So here is my challenge to you. 1 day. 1 action. 40 ideas. What will you do to end slavery today?

40 Ways to Take Action on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Part 2

21. Write a poem or a song about human trafficking.

22. Write to my congressman, asking what she or he is doing to address human trafficking in my area.

23. Write to my city council representative, asking what she or he is doing to address human trafficking in my city.

24. Make a video about human trafficking and put it on YouTube.

25. Find out if the products my employer buys are Fair Trade certified.

26. Ask my employer to consider buying Fair Trade certified alternatives of products.

27. Buy a cup of Fair Trade Coffee at a local coffee shop or a national chain.

28. Cook a meal for or bring food to a local anti-trafficking shelter.

29. Write a thank you note to my favorite anti-trafficking organization letting them know how much I appreciate their efforts.

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

President Obama signed a proclamation on January 4, 2010 declaring January as the “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.”  One of the major highlights this month is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day this Monday, January 11! Help Polaris Project use this day to spread awareness and create action in the fight against modern day slavery. On Monday we will send out news, information, and updates about the issue and Polaris Project’s work through all of our social networking sites. Please help us spread the word about human trafficking to your own networks!

How You Can Get Involved:

North Star Blog: Make sure to read our blog about the importance and significance of Human Trafficking Awareness Day! You can share this blog posting on Facebook, tweeting on Twitter, and emailing friends and family.

Twitter: On January 11 Polaris Project will tweet facts and information about human trafficking every hour! Follow Polaris Project and re-tweet messages to make a bigger impact!

Facebook: Join us in changing your Facebook profile picture (to the one above) in solidarity against human trafficking. Talk about it online and get the buzz going that slavery still exists and that with everyone’s help we can help bring it to an end! Make sure to check our status updates on Monday, January 11.

Change.org: Participate in the Human Trafficking Awareness Day Fundraising Project! Or, to personalize your efforts, start your own fundraising page!

Action Center: Check out the Action Center for all of the information regarding January 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day. We will also have a petition available that you can sign and pledge your commitment to help us end modern day slavery. Everyone who signs the petition automatically will be entered in a drawing to win a free gift: Polaris Project t-shirt, bumper sticker, or button! Winners will be announced on National Freedom Day (February 1) via email.


Mark your calendars for this upcoming campaign!  As always we are truly grateful for your support.

Sincerely,

Johanna Olivas
Program Associate
Public Outreach and Communications

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Top 10 Predictions for Human Trafficking in 2010

by Amanda Kloer

This past year has been a big one for human trafficking — a new administration, revamped legislation, and great grassroots initiatives — to name a few positive trends. But I have a crystal ball that says 2010 is going to be even bigger. Okay, so maybe it’s not a crystal ball, but it’s made of some kind of glass and I washed it off after unearthing it from the attic. Don’t judge; have you ever tried to buy crystal on a blogger’s salary? Ball-quality concerns aside, here are my first 5 predictions for the State of Abolition in 2010. Some predictions are hopeful and others are ones I’d rather be wrong about. But ultimately, you’re the ones who will determine which ones come true. You can check out my next five predictions in Part 2.

1. Slavery in the production of consumer goods will be a hot topic. Conscious consumerism might not be as hot as metallic leggings in 2010, but it will start to creep in the the back, sides, and possibly even the front of shoppers’ minds. Fair Trade spending has been on the rise in the UK in 2009, despite the recession. I predict that Fair Trade and other more ethical and conscious buying will go up in 2010 as well, especially on easier-to-find products like coffee and chocolate.

2. We’ll see a moderate spike in sex trafficking at the Olympics and World Cup. 2010 brings with it two major international sporting events — the Winter Olympics in February in Canada and the World Cup in September in South Africa. There’s been a lot of controversy about whether or not a spike in sex trafficking and/or prostitution will result from these events. Will there be a gagillion new victims trafficked into these cities? No. But traffickers will take advantage of the large numbers of men traveling to these events.

3. Better identification of labor trafficking. The Bush Administration was good at very, very few things, but bringing greater visibility to the issue of trafficking into commercial sex was one of them. Addressing labor trafficking, not so much. 2010 will be the year that labor trafficking begins to be recognized as the significant global issue it is. After all, more people come into contact with slavery in factories through the purchase of consumer goods than slavery in prostitution.

4. The bloom of public-private partnerships. The progressive community is finally starting to repeat the public-private partnership mantra: Not all corporations are evil. And in fact, some are pretty great. More and more, anti-trafficking organizations are teaming up with corporations and other for-profit entities to fight slavery together. Profit-based business models are also increasingly used to generate income and skills for trafficking rehabilitation programs. I predict that 2010 will be the year these partnerships really come into their own.

5. A move away from general “awareness”. Human trafficking awareness campaigns have been going on for about a decade now, and I think it’s safe to say, we’re all aware. It’s been a couple years since I met someone who had never even heard of human trafficking. But while people might know there’s a thing called “human trafficking” out there, they still don’t know much about it. Perhaps this is more of a wish than a prediction, but let’s move away from general “awareness.” Get specific. Get active. Give us the who, what, when, where, and why. Break human trafficking apart. We’re in the specifics portion of public education now.

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December 3rd, 2009. Our Best Day Yet for ALENOW.org

On December 3rd, 2009 ALENOW.org got 321 hits in one 24 hour period. At least 321 people became aware and learned more about the evil crimes of Human Trafficking and Genocide. I pray they not only became aware but that they became inspired and maybe even angry and now they are members of the fight and activists for the cause. I am looking forward to a day in the near future we will blow away the number 321. (MGJ)