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iStock_000011362059MediumThere are many ways we can get involved to abolish human trafficking. Sometimes it helps to just consider where we shop and what we buy. The following are resources to get more information about what is happening in the movement, where to shop for slave-free products, and more. If you have a resource that you think would be helpful, please let us know. Contact us here.

 

National Educators to Stop Trafficking (NEST)


NEST equips teachers and youth leaders with age-appropriate curriculum and resources to educate and empower youth–teaching them how to avoid being trafficked, how to stand up for victims of trafficking, and how to spread the word in their communities so that sexual exploitation and human trafficking become a thing of the past. Visit: http://nesteducators.org/

Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking


FAAST is a Christian Alliance working in collaboration to eradicate human trafficking and restore survivors. FAAST mobilizes organizations and communities to generate a united and active response by creating tools, training, information, sharing and collaboration. Some of the tool kits provided through FAAST include a church, a community, a school, and an international tool kit. Visit: http://www.faastinternational.org/

Demand Abolition


Demand Abolition is committed to eradicating the illegal commercial sex industry in the US—and, by extension, the world—by combating the demand for purchased sex. Recognizing that it takes sustained efforts and significant collaboration to establish lasting change, we’re spearheading a multi-year, multi-stakeholder national strategy. Visit: http://www.demandabolition.org/

DEMANDForum

 
Demandforum.net is a comprehensive online resource for people interested in preventing sex trafficking and prostitution. Here you’ll find information on initiatives in more than 1,050 communities in the U.S. aimed at deterring or apprehending men who buy sex. The site also includes details about tactics useful for starting, improving, and sustaining practices designed to combat demand. Visit: http://www.demandforum.net/

International Justice Mission

Information on a variety of options for involvement including partnerships in prayer and the arts, for students and schools, and through volunteer and internship opportunities. Visit: https://www.ijm.org/get-involved

Department of Education

PDF Fact sheet overviewing what human trafficking is, what affects it has, how to identify a victim, and how to respond appropriately to suspicions of a potential victim.

Visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs/factsheet.pdf

Better World Shopper

A comprehensive account for social and environmental responsibilities of companies and a corresponding tool to use while shopping to buy slave-free products focusing on 5 key issues of human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement and social justice. Visit: http://www.betterworldshopper.com/idea.html

Chain Store

Pre-drafted letters to send to companies in order to vocalize demands for Slave-Free standards in the production of items consumers use daily. Visit: http://www.chainstorereaction.com/

Free2Work

Mobile App download that provides information on the company’s labor standards and practices as you’re shopping by simply scanning the barcode of an item. The app brings awareness to consumers as to what types of labor practices they are supporting through the purchasing of their products. Visit: http://www.free2work.org/

Products of Slavery


World map highlighting locations where child labor exists as well as information as to what specific products the region uses child labor for. Visit: http://productsofslavery.org/

Slavery Map

Mapping where slavery is in the world with options to directly report personal witnesses or experiences of slavery onto the map for everyone else to see. Visit: http://slaverymap.org/

Alabaster Jar

The Alabaster Jar Project provides a safe living environment and transitional housing that facilitates spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional healing along with an array of support services and educational opportunities. They also provide vocational opportunities and training through our social enterprise. Visit: http://www.alabasterjarproject.org/

GenerateHope

GenerateHope provides a safe place for survivors of sex trafficking to be restored through long-term housing, healing, psychotherapy and education. Since recovery from sexual exploitation is a long-term process, GenerateHope provides safety, community, and individualized life skills support to work through the deep trauma and discover a healthy, purpose-filled life. Visit: http://generatehope.org/

Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition

The Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC) is an alliance of over 60 government and nonprofit agencies in the United States and Latin America that is convened in and along the U.S.-Mexico Border Region to combat slavery and human trafficking. Incorporated in 2002 as a 501(c)3, its purpose is to bilaterally prevent and intervene in the commercial and sexual exploitation of women and children while advocating for all exploited persons. Through the collaborative efforts of coalition members, BSCC administers a variety of projects and services for victims, law enforcement, and the community. Visit: http://www.bsccoalition.org/about/

Project Concern International

PCI is a global development organization dedicated to empowering families and communities to enhance health, end hunger and overcome hardship. Founded in 1961, PCI impacted the lives of more than 10 million people last year alone through programs in 16 countries spanning Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Visit: www.pciglobal.org

Marys Guest House

Mary’s Guest House was born in November 2005 following in-depth research on the needs of trafficking survivors. Mary’s Guest House specifically addresses the urgent need of appropriate shelter for women survivors over the age of eighteen. Staffed full-time by two Sisters , the guest house accommodates five women. The ultimate goal is to help the guests rebuild their lives and become self-reliant or to return to their family. Communal life is shared with the guests, accompanying them as mentors and supporting them in their struggles, hopes and dreams. Collaboration is offered with an array of services addressing their physical, medical, immigration, educational, spiritual and psychological needs. Visit: http://www.sistersagainsttrafficking.org/resources/survivor-resources/

Children of the Immaculate Heart

Children of the Immaculate Heart (CIH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation operating in San Diego, CA. Their mission is to serve survivors of human trafficking and open the door to their restoration in Jesus Christ. They currently have a housing and rehabilitation program for adult women who are survivors of trafficking and have children. Visit: http://childrenoftheimmaculateheart.org/

Salvation Army Door of Hope

The  Door of Hope is a 7-acre campus filled with programs to give hope and transform lives. The Salvation Army Door of Hope offers a safe haven at the Transitional Living Center where families may stay while rebuilding their lives. With career counseling, the women focus on finding a job, learn to budget and save 80% of their income. Visit: http://doorofhope.salvationarmy.org/

Center for Community Solutions

Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions (CCS) has served more than 21,000 adults and children last year to heal and prevent relationship and sexual violence. CCS operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego along with a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. The nonprofit agency also provides emergency domestic violence shelters, hospital and court accompaniment, as well as legal and counseling services for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. CCS also works with local community groups and schools to provide innovative prevention programs to promote healthy relationships and peaceful communities. Visit: http://www.ccssd.org/

North County Lifeline – Project LIFE

Project LIFE is an advocacy program that works with people of all ages who have been or are currently victims or survivors of Sex and Labor Trafficking identified by local law enforcement, self-identify, or the community. Project LIFE offers trauma informed services that include victim advocacy, crisis management, safety planning, intensive case management and therapy to survivors throughout San Diego County. Project LIFE offers trainings on human trafficking to raise community awareness and to give first responders and the community the tools they need to identify signs and report. Visit: https://www.nclifeline.org/project-life

La Maestra Community Health Centers

La Maestra Community Health Centers (LMCHC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). For the past 24 years, LMCHC has provided culturally and linguistically competent primary care, specialty services including behavioral and mental health, chronic disease management and essential support services to men, women and children in San Diego’s most culturally diverse and lowest income communities. Services are provided at four medical clinics, seven dental sites, three school-based health centers, and a mobile medical unit. Visit: https://www.lamaestra.org/

San Diego Youth Services

San Diego Youth Services is a nationally recognized, non-profit organization that has helped to improve the lives of more than 700,000 homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth and their families. Founded in 1970, now provides services to more than 19,000 children and their families each year. Visit: http://sdyouthservices.org/

Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures Foundation is dedicated to the rescue and restoration of women and children victimized by sex slavery in the human trafficking industry. Their goal is to provide housing, life planning, and mentoring for these victims, ensuring they have a safe and viable escape from being trafficked. Visit: https://hiddentreasuresfoundation.org/

International Network of Hearts

International Network of Hearts is a 501 c-3 non-profit organization based in San Diego that grew out of concerns about human trafficking circuits operating between the U.S.-Mexico border, the busiest international land crossing in the world. They provide comprehensive residential services and optimal care to survivors of human trafficking through Casa del Jardín (the Garden House), a group home we founded to address the specific needs of child survivors between the ages of 12-17. The Garden House is the first and only safe house in Baja California designed for young girls recovering from human trafficking. Visit: http://inetworkofhearts.org/