Today marks Shine a Light on Slavery Day. Perhaps you’ve seen lots of red Xs pop up in your social media feeds. That’s a mark championed by the End It Movement. The End It Movement exists solely to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking, and we think they’re doing a pretty darn good job at it.
But in case you haven’t heard about it yet — an estimated 27 million men, women and children are trapped in slavery around the world today. Slavery is a multi-billion dollar industry. Yes, the numbers are staggering, but the good news is that there are many organizations worldwide that are working 24/7 on ways to eradicate slavery. Even though you can’t personally do everything, you can partner with one of these organizations and be a part of the solution.
So, now that you’re aware, here’s how you can do something about it. We’ve listed just a few of some top-notch organizations who are putting significant dents in worldwide trafficking. Pick one, dig in and find at least one way you can get involved.
A21 prevents trafficking through awareness and education, protects those who have been trafficked, and prosecutes traffickers.
International Justice Mission
IJM protects the poor from violence by partnering with local authorities to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems.
Polaris Project is one of the leading organizations in the fight against modern-day slavery, they transform the way the world responds to human trafficking.
Restore International seeks to find daring and audacious ways to combat human rights violations, including forced prostitution and slave labor.
Make it local
Google a local shelter, legal agency or trafficking prevention program in your local area. Contact them to see what specific needs they currently have, and ask if there is a way you can help.
We get it. You’re in your twenties, and perhaps you don’t have a lot of resources to share at the moment. We encourage you to leverage one of your most valuable assets: your creativity. This is what we did last year: Roaring Twenties Campaign
Also, Amelia is going to law school for this very reason…so there’s always that.