(PREVENT - DEVELOP - EMPOWER)
Education plays a key role in creating the normative social pressures needed for change. It provides people with information about what human trafficking looks like in their own community so that individuals feel empowered to take action and improve the world for all of us. It also counters the poverty and vulnerability context of victimization, potentially decreasing the supply of people at risk for being trafficked.
Identify and assign a team leader to serve as a point of contact, to oversee and coordinate human trafficking education efforts. See our Leader Profile HERE. Build a team to engage the community.
While anyone can be trafficked, there are certain populations that are more vulnerable. Understanding the factors that lead to vulnerability and creating the safety nets to intervene before trafficking takes place will be the bulk of our anti-trafficking efforts.
Pray. Use the included PRAYER GUIDE for the Sex Trafficking Industry as a guide. Encourage schools to adopt a human trafficking curriculum. Teach young people about Internet safety. Share information through brochures, articles, bulletins and social media. Stopping sexual abuse is the first line of defense in the battle against trafficking. Advocate for vulnerable children by becoming a mentor or a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA volunteer). Encourage people to serve as foster parents. These are just some ways to get your church or organization to decrease vulnerability.
Under the premise that education helps prevent human trafficking, but important enough to be its own step, is for your church or organization to develop a plan to address the demand side of human trafficking. Your church or organization must educate and transform consumers.
Have your men’s group join the GENTLEMEN’S CLUB; take the pledge to redeem what it means to be gentlemen. Educate them using THE PROBLEM IS MEN video. Buy commodities that are guaranteed to be slave free.
Some of you will have influence with schools, social service groups, health care providers, law enforcement, churches, men’s groups, etc. If you need some ideas of key stakeholders that need to be empowered to fight trafficking use the community resource guide created by the Leader in charge of Coalition and contact the stakeholders on that list and offer them a free onsite training.
Direct those interested to REQUEST A SPEAKER from your group. Use a variety of tools including but not limited to BROCHURES, FLYERS, trafficking IDENTIFICATION stories for discussion, BUYING THE LIE video, presentations designed for LAW ENFORCEMENT, HEALTH CARE workers, CHILD SERVICE providers, as well as our general PUBLIC AWARENESS presentation to teach stakeholders what to look for and how to intervene when they suspect a problem. Also see additional downloadable printable material in our DIGITAL LIBRARY.