Some of us operate better outside an organized system. We like to use our unique abilities in creative ways. The good news is the fight against slavery needs every free person to enlist. See if you identify as a creator, investigator, educator, or intercessor and learn how others have creatively fought slavery.
Creators – use their artistic abilities to create art, PSA’s, marketing campaigns, micro-business strategies, or blogs to share information and challenge others to get involved.
Use Art to create awareness
Chase Hommeyer discovered the reality of Human Trafficking while doing a research project for school. She was shocked and appalled by the sheer size and organized, systematic nature of the issue. So, she and some classmates decided to take action. They worked for weeks and created a day-long art and information exhibit at their high school that was designed to simultaneously evoke emotion and spread awareness. Each of their art pieces was focused on a certain aspect of human trafficking and was accompanied by their specific research findings for that aspect. It was an enormous success! Nearly the entire school attended their exhibit, and the community was buzzing about it for weeks after.
Wear a Dress every day in December
The founder of Dressember, Blythe Hill first heard about the issue of sex trafficking in 2005 and felt helpless to do anything despite her deep sense of urgency to help. She wasn't a lawyer or a doctor or a social worker; her interests and talents were in fashion, trend analysis, and blogging. She didn't think she had much to offer to the fight, until 2009 when Blythe challenged herself to wear a dress every day of December, from which Dressember was born. The next year, a few friends joined in and by the third year, her friends' friends began to participate. That’s when it occurred to Blythe that there was more to this challenge than she originally thought. By 2013, the movement blossomed into something completely unexpected - an international campaign to aid the fight against sex trafficking.
Investigators – are naturally curious and uniquely wired to see what is hidden in plain sight. They notice the girl who is not dressed for the weather and seems intimidated by the person she is traveling with. The Investigator sees the unsafe working conditions or massage parlor with only men coming through the door and asks questions. Investigators are critical in the fight as they report suspicious behavior, shining a light that law enforcement can follow.
Flight attendant rescues a young girl being trafficked
Shelia Fedrick, a flight attendant for Alaskan Airlines noticed a girl with greasy blonde hair, about 14 or 15, sitting next to a well-dressed older man on a flight from Seattle to San Francisco in 2011. When she tried to speak to the girl, the man kept interrupting. So, Shelia devised a plan to leave a note in the bathroom for the girl, asking if she needed help. The girl indicated she did need help and that set off a chain of events that led to the man being arrested and the girl rescued. All airlines now offer training on how to identify a potential trafficking victim.
If you witness a situation that could be trafficking or see someone who needs help, it’s best to contact local law enforcement or a service agency in your area. We are currently compiling a list of numbers for each state. If you are aware of a reporting agency in your state, please e-mail us.
Educators – are people who love to learn and share their knowledge with others over the dinner table, a social gathering, or in a classroom.
Hold an Event to Raise Awareness
College students Justine D’Souza and Justine Yu realized the need for students to address trafficking in a social environment, so, as officers of the Rutgers University Campus Coalition Against Trafficking , they launched the annual Stop the Traffick Jam Concert, which brings bands and speakers together to promote awareness and raise money for an international anti-trafficking organization. The group also hosts an annual coffee house to talk to other students about trafficking. And you can do the same! Host an event—as simple as a potluck or as elaborate as a formal conference—to spread the word about trafficking and help others gain a better understanding of what’s really going on.
Intercessors - have a heart for the victims of human trafficking. They want to help a victim to safety, pack hygiene kits, be a caseworker or advocate. An intercessor wants to help shape policy or intercede in prayer.
Breanna Knight is an independent Jamberry consultant. One of the company's brand values is "Be Generous." When Breanna heard about the reality of human trafficking in her area, she felt called to do what she could do to make a difference and be a blessing. Through the platform her consulting position provided, she shared the story with her clients and offered them the opportunity to take part in a "Blessing Bag" drive for individuals who are being reached through a local Human Trafficking ministry. Her goal was to collect enough funds and supplies to make 40 bags and in just a few short weeks she met her goal. What's your platform or sphere of influence? You can make a difference in your own community in simple and tangible ways that will create awareness and bring about change that has a lasting impact.