Stay informed about human trafficking
Call, write, or email your state and federal representatives and lobby for legislative changes to protect those who have been victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Find your representative by clicking here: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials.
Urge local and national law enforcement offices to shift their resources and priorities in order to hold accountable the sex buyers who are fueling this $100 billion-dollar industry. Tell them that most people in prostitution are victims of human trafficking and need assistance, protection, and help exiting the conditions of their exploitation.
Make the issue of human trafficking a priority in your house of worship, school, work place, and community.
To learn more, please visit the websites of:
COALITION AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN
A non-governmental organization that works to end human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children worldwide.
SANCTUARY FOR FAMILIES
New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence.
WORLD WITHOUT EXPLOITATION (WORLDWE)
The national anti-human trafficking coalition, providing powerful survivor stories, access research and statistics on human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and action items that you can participate in to get further involved.
The leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States.
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, whose mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential.
Restore NYC’s mission is to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign national survivors.
Find additional resources to learn more about human trafficking in New York, nationwide, and globally:
THE TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS (TIP) REPORT
Each year, the U.S. Department of State publishes a comprehensive report on statistics as well as government programs aimed at prevention, protection, and prosecution around the globe. This document provides a wealth of information on all things related to trafficking, both domestic and foreign, including how the world is doing in the fight against trafficking by illustrating the progression of each set of statistics.
THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME
This website is also an excellent resource for everything having to do with human trafficking on a global scale, condensed to a far more readable version than the extensive information contained in the TIP Report.
THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES (OCFS)
5.5 million children a year are victims of forced labor, and the average age girls are recruited by pimps into prostitution is 12 to 14, so clearly human trafficking can have an enormous impact on children and families. The OCFS provides a resource for child and family welfare workers so that they can better identify the signs that a child may be a victim of trafficking. This webpage provides a comprehensive overview of human trafficking as it relates to children, including the legal definition of trafficking, common myths about trafficking, average victim profiles, red flag signs of trafficking, a guide to interacting with victims, and law and protocols for protecting victims.
THE POLARIS PROJECT: NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESOURCE CENTER (NHTRC)
Established in 2002, Polaris is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for victims of human trafficking both individually and as a whole. Polaris operates a trafficking hotline, partners with local organizations throughout the U.S. to provide client services, and works with law enforcement and legislators to ensure the best standards of protection of the rights of victims. Their website includes overview pages on sex and labor trafficking, signs of trafficking, international trafficking and resources for further information.