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.
Photo credit: steveweaver