GET INVOLVED: KNOW SHARE ACT
* Learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking:
* Spread the Word: the more people who become aware of the issue of human trafficking, the smaller the world becomes for the perpetrators. Follow 5-Stones on Facebook and Twitter and share our posts.
* Volunteer: we have a great need for volunteers to serve in many roles: help with events, fundraisers, training, communications, social media, administrative work and more. To inquire about volunteering with 5-Stones, please email Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Become an Ambassador of Hope with Shared Hope International: Ambassadors of Hope are required to attend an online or in-person training to learn the basics of domestic minor sex trafficking including terminology, the scope of the problem, traffickers’ recruitment, grooming and control techniques, victim indicators, and ways to take action on this issue. Shared Hope International equips Ambassadors of Hope with pre-made presentations, fact sheets, reports, books, and other resources. Ambassadors of Hope are connected with speaking and training opportunities at local events for churches, businesses, community groups, conferences, schools, and anti-trafficking efforts. Learn more here
* Contact your local school: Tell your educators to include human trafficking education in their curriculum. Consider recommending the “Artist as Social Activist – Human Trafficking Unit” to their art program. View art samples from high school students who have participated in this program here
* Donate: help support our efforts by making a secure online donation here
* Observe National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January
* Post anti-trafficking posters in parish and public restrooms, truck stops, and throughout the community: polarisproject.org/resources/outreach-and-awareness-materials
* Ask your local law enforcement agencies to educate their employees using free, full-color posters and brochures: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/rescue-restore-campaign-tool-kits
* Explain how consuming pornography helps support human trafficking:
* Publicize Catholic resources and support groups for those suffering from sexual addictions: foryourmarriage.org/help-for-men-and-women-struggling-with-pornography-use-or-addiction
* Check your local hotels to see if they are members of CleanHotels.com, a network of lodging facilities that do not offer in-room, “adult,” pay-per-view movies: cleanhotels.com
* Ask your local hotels what protocols they have in place to identify potential cases of trafficking and what actions they take to help the victims and allow law enforcement to apprehend the perpetrators:
* Support organizations that help women leave prostitution (e.g., Milwaukee’s Benedict Center: benedictcenter.org/Sisters%20Project)
* Volunteer in a program offering support services to victims (English as a Second Language, literacy, tutoring, job training, housing, transportation, mentoring, legal, medical, dental care, etc.).
* Donate food, clothing, furniture, used cars to an anti-trafficking organization.
* Write an editorial or an article for your local newspaper, neighborhood magazine, school newspaper, or parish bulletin.
* Ask local media to broadcast anti-trafficking public service announcements
* Join or establish a local Rescue and Restore Coalition: acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/about-rescue-restore-coalitions
* Work for federal and state legislation that supports and strengthens the rights of victims of trafficking.
* Receive and distribute the newsletter “Stop Trafficking” to others each month: stopenslavement.org
* Petition against trafficking at national and international sporting events.
* Hold a movie night and discussion (e.g., “Not My Life” and “Half the Sky”)
* Hold a book discussion (e.g., Ben Skinner, A Crime So Monstrous)
HOW HELP A VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, take the following actions:
- Ask the person if you can help him/her find a safe place to go immediately.
- If the person needs time, create an action plan with him/her to get to a safe place when he/she is ready.
- Call and make a report to the human trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888. The hotline has language capabilities, so any individual can call directly.
- If you need more guidance, you can call and talk through the case with USCCB Anti-trafficking program staff at 202-541-3357.