NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH
In January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month brings together law enforcement and organizations across the nation in an strive to eliminate human trafficking. Join the effort to raise awareness and prevent human trafficking in your community.
According to the International Labor Organization, approximately 40 million human trafficking victims exist worldwide. Through a variety of tactics, including violence and threats, traffickers force their victims into labor or commercial sex. Every victim is forced against their will to comply. Human trafficking impacts all races, every class, religion, and gender. It even spans every ability. As a result, the issue belongs to every community in the country.
Despite the bleak picture human trafficking paints, there are ways to take action. Become informed and get involved.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Don’t let human trafficking become a part of your story. Find out how you can help change the narrative. Use #SlaveryHumanTraffickingPreventionMonth to share on social media.
- Knowledge – Learn how human trafficking is happening. Visit www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign to inform yourself about what human trafficking looks like.
- Get involved – If you suspect human trafficking report it. In the U.S. call 1-866-347-2423. For more information visit www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign. You can also volunteer through organizations committed to eliminating human trafficking. Contact local, state, and regional service organizations to volunteer time, services, or a donation.
- Get help – If you need help, call 1-888-373-7888. Visit www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign
NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH HISTORY
National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness is January 11 as designated by the United States Senate in 2007. President Barack Obama increased awareness by declaring January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month in 2010.