(IDENTIFY - COLLABORATE - LEAD)
There are many organizations that are involved in anti-trafficking efforts and it is important for your church or organization to partner with those who are doing great work already. It is most critical to identify a leader from your church or organization that has the gift mix to lead this effort. Remember “Small Me, Big Team”. After a leader is selected, encourage everyone with a passion to fight injustice to offer up skills, resources, manpower, and/or tools to fight against human trafficking.
Identify and assign a team leader to serve as a point of contact, to oversee and coordinate all anti-trafficking volunteer opportunities. See our Leader Profile HERE. Give him/her access to the toolkit and let them lead. Locate a SAMPLE STATE COALITION REPORT for your area like the one we have included to build local knowledge.
Identify the existing human trafficking task forces or coalitions in your state and the key leaders in your community. Examples of key stakeholders include, but are not limited to:
Community health providers
Faith based organizations
Social service organizations
Create a community resource guide listing stakeholder groups with contact information for quick reference. Connect with these organizations and make your church or organization available for collaboration.
As you continue to learn about human trafficking you will find that a problem of this magnitude must be tackled using a multi-disciplinary approach. Intentionally participate in a coalition with people, churches, and organizations that have the combined strength to guide and assist your community in the fight against human trafficking. It is important to foster purposeful collaboration. Educate them using AWARENESS BROCHURES, FLYERS, BUYING THE LIE VIDEO, PUBLIC AWARENESS PRESENTATION, etc.
Set up a roundtable meeting to discuss the reality of human trafficking and the efforts of anti-trafficking organizations working on the issue. Have influential members of your team contact key community leaders and encourage these leaders to attend the meeting and begin to get involved within their realm of influence (ex. Government officials can get involved with legislation, local contractors can add trafficking education to their safety meetings, hospitals can better educate their staff on signs of trafficking to identify potential victims in their ER, etc.). As you locate potential Coalition members, they can REQUEST A SPEAKER to learn more about trafficking.
Be a bridge builder! Lead your community to see the need. You need to be relentless, not everyone will understand or want to get involved at first. Over communicate, stay connected to them, educating and empowering them to do their part in their area of expertise. Use your sphere of influence and your talents to bring an END to Human Trafficking.
Connect people with ways to get involved in the work. Organizations have used email blasts, social media, and even complex interactive databases to let people know about opportunities to serve, however, a phone call to your friends and family will do.