Human Trafficking Awareness Day | January 11
(Last Updated On: January 9, 2023)


National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th brings attention to a crime that leaves a lasting toll on human life, families, and communities around the world. 


Beginning in 2010, by Presidential Proclamation, each January has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  Following the start of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, with the help of non-government organizations, National Human Trafficking Day began and is observed annually on January 11th.

Human trafficking is considered a modern form of slavery. This illegal act involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain labor or sex. Traffickers use violence, manipulation, or false promises to lure their victims into trafficking situations. Trafficking victims usually experience physical and/or psychological abuse. They might also endure sexual abuse, food and sleep deprivation, threats to family members, and isolation from the outside world. Family members of the victim may also get threatened.

The goal of the day is to bring greater awareness to the crime of sex trafficking. Each year, organizations around the globe provide support to communities, training to volunteers and educational events to increase awareness.


One way to get involved is through the 31:8 Project. The organization works to equip and challenge society to proactively address issues regarding human trafficking. Human Trafficking takes away the voice of its victims and Project 31:8 aims to speak for them – Proverbs 31:8 – speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Their work is on track to reach over 25,000 people in 2019 through presentations, training, webinars, and community projects. Visit their website at to learn more.

  • Write or call your legislators and let them know your support policy that combats human trafficking.
  • Support events that improve awareness in your community, schools, and neighborhoods.
  • If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, contact the National Human Tracking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. You can also contact local law enforcement by calling 911.
  • Empower young people to make the decision to leave an unsafe or suspicious environment.

Use #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay to post on social media.

Also, check out National Inner Beauty Day to discover more ways to be a part of the solution to ending human trafficking.


The United States Senate designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in 2007.

January 11th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


Brooklyn, New York, begins delivering milk in glass bottles.


Doctors give insulin for the first time to treat a diabetes patient. Fourteen-year-old Leonard Thompson receives the life-saving injection developed by Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best. He had an initial allergic reaction likely caused by an impurity in the insulin. After delaying further injections, 12 days later a more pure form of insulin was given by Dr. James Collip, ultimately saving his life.


Amelia Earhart flies solo from Hawaii to California becomes the first person to complete the transpacific flight.


For the first time, smoking is publicly and officially recognized as a health hazard by U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry. In a statement, he announced the results of a study ordered by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.

January 11th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Alexander Hamilton – 1755

As a Founding Father of the United States, Hamilton served his country defending the U.S. Constitution on and off the battlefield. George Washington trusted him as the country’s first Secretary of Treasury and in that role, Hamilton created enduring financial cornerstones. A rivalry between Hamilton and Aaron Burr dominates the history books, too.

Ezra Cornell – 1807

A man of many industries, Cornell founded the Western Union Telegraph Company, co-founded Cornell University, and established the first library in Ithaca.

Elisabeth Achelis -1880

Elisabeth Achelis advocated for a perpetual calendar that would replace the Gregorian calendar and in 1930 founded the World Calendar Association.

Calvin Blackman Bridges – 1889

The geneticist’s observations of mutations in fruit flies led to a breakthrough understanding of heredity and the chromosome.

Mary J. Blige – 1971

The award-winning artist released her first solo album in 1992 with What’s the 411?. Since then, Blige has also pursued an acting career that earned her an Oscar nod for Mudbound in 2017.

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