Cases of sex and labor trafficking have been on the rise for the past decade in Florida, yet many people remain unaware of trafficking’s prevalence and its impact on people and communities. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and your opportunity to act. Here are five ways you can join STAC in the fight to end human trafficking:
1: Learn Online
Many people are aware of trafficking but have questions about how it happens, where it happens, and how they can help. Get answers with these resources:
- “Trafficked in America,” a PBS documentary by FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley tells the story of Guatemalan teens forced to work against their will on farms that feed American families. Watch on demand here.
- Learn about sex and labor trafficking in North Florida on WFSU’s Perspectives with Tom Flanigan. Panelists include Susan Turner, co-owner of Food Glorious Food and STAC Board member; Vania Llovera, assistant director, Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, STAC Board member, Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking co-chair, Social Services Committee; Geoff Luebkemann, senior vice president, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association; and Robin Hassler Thompson, executive director of STAC. Listen here.
- Learn more about forced labor and how many slaves potentially work for you by taking this survey.
- Additional information and resources can be found here.
2: Attend Training & Events
STAC, in partnership with the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking offers a free monthly training from 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Friday of every month for anyone who would like to learn how to recognize and respond to trafficking. Each month covers basic definitions of trafficking, prevalence of cases in North Florida, and trends. A different guest speaker covers a specialized topic, so every training offers something new. STAC hosts many other events and learning opportunities. Find a complete list on the STAC calendar.
We also offer training for your business or organization. In 2018, we trained more than 2,000 members of law enforcement, health care, juvenile justice, the faith community, and others. These workshops include role playing on how to talk with survivors to build rapport and trust and how to best meet their needs. To request training, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3: Share The Message
Now that you know about human trafficking, help others become involved. By simply sharing blogs (like this one) and other STAC messages, you’re educating your friends and family. Follow STAC on Facebook and Twitter.
Other ideas include hosting a viewing and discussion of “Trafficked in America” in your home or for your service or social club. You can also request these yellow sticky notes from STAC to post on hotel room mirrors, bathroom stalls, and other places to promote the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-3737-888. Or help STAC label lip balms with the hotline to be distributed throughout the community.
Join STAC’s email list to receive news updates and other opportunities for action that you can share.
4: Volunteer & Donate
Your volunteer time and financial gifts provide direct services to trafficking survivors. You also support training for thousands of individuals. Together, we create communities that know what trafficking is and how to stop it. Give online or request more information about volunteering by emailing: email@example.com
5: Join the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking
BBCAHT aids survivors, raises awareness, advocates for policies to end human trafficking, and promotes multi-agency collaboration. Join by emailing Kellianne “Kelli” Dougherty at Kellianne.Dougherty@usdoj.gov or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thinking about human trafficking can make us feel helpless at times, but we’re not. Informed, organized, and passionate people can make a difference. If you have questions or want to talk to someone about how you can help, please email email@example.com or call 850-597-2080.