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43 ways to stop child trafficking

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    Email your idea to info(at)born2fly(dot)org and I'll add it to the list.
  • 43. Join
    the fight against trafficking in your own city. (Yes, it's happening there.)
  • 42. Google
    the name of your city and "human trafficking" or "child trafficking." Read, learn, get angry.
  • 41. Meet
    with other abolitionists in your city. If there's not a group, start one.
  • 40. Understand
    the mindset of a trafficking victim: http://tinyurl.com/9jzqtb
  • 39. Download
    info for health care providers, social service agencies, and law enforcement officials: http://tinyurl.com/7zgrft
  • 38. Pick
    a factsheet and learn about some aspect of human trafficking: http://tinyurl.com/88t7k8
  • 37. Order
    free anti-trafficking brochures, posters, info cards (in many languages): http://tinyurl.com/7weyz8
  • 36. Study
    how to combat trafficking of women and children: http://tinyurl.com/9kxw4f
  • 35. Read
    about anti-trafficking legislation in the US: http://www.state.gov/g/tip/laws/
  • 34. Find out
    what human trafficking is and isn't: http://tinyurl.com/9jqjz
  • 33. Watch
    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement awareness videos: http://tinyurl.com/95c8dy
  • 32. Learn
    what to ask if you think someone is trafficked: www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/fs/08/106250.htm
  • 31. Call
    the National Human Trafficking Resource Center to report a trafficking victim: (888) 373-7888.
  • 30. Choose
    a country (the one already on your heart) and learn about trafficking there.
  • 29. Read
    the latest country-by-country Trafficking in Persons Report: www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2008/
  • 28. Subscribe
    to blogs and email updates from anti-trafficking organizations (like this blog).
  • 27. Give
    a gift card to your local trafficking awareness group--grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Target, etc.
  • 26. Open
    your eyes. There's trafficking all around you.
  • 25. Host
    a party and make anti-trafficking t-shirts to wear. Come up with creative sayings & designs.
  • 24. Visit
    http://slavery.alltop.com/ Pick a blog a day to read and leave an encouraging comment.
  • 23. Make
    a B2F patch or pin to wear on your backpack to spark conversation with friends or teachers (or total strangers).
  • 22. Give
    a gift in someone's honor. Donate to an anti-trafficking organization in his or her name.
  • 21. Forward
    the anti-trafficking video, "Get Angry. Please." to your list. www.born2fly.org
  • 20. Introduce
    B2F to a foundation or corporation.
  • 19. Sponsor
    a B2F day at your school.
  • 18. Post
    instances of trafficking on www.slaverymap.org
  • 17. Ask
    your legislators what they're doing to stop the traffic.
  • 16. Write
    a letter to the editor.
  • 15. Donate
    to anti-trafficking organizations such as B2F.
  • 14. Display
    anti-trafficking posters in schools, offices, and churches. http://tinyurl.com/4869yp
  • 13. Blog
    about child trafficking.
  • 12. Pray
    God gave you the power to change what's around you.
  • 11. Learn
    about trafficking in countries where you do business.
  • 10. Flex
    your political muscles.
  • 9. Forgo
    birthday presents. Instead ask family and friends to donate to B2F in your name.
  • 8. Organize
    a fund-raising party for B2F.
  • 7. Take
    a voluntourism trip and help with the anti-trafficking effort.
  • 6. Pick
    a country and take an immersion trip.
  • 5. Start
    a book club. Read Terrify No More or Good News About Injustice.
  • 4. Host
    a house meeting or dorm meeting. Watch China's Stolen Children. http://tinyurl.com/58mpb3
  • 3. Find out
    what's happening in your own community. www.polarisproject.org
  • 2. Read
    about modern-day abolitionists. http://tiny.cc/rWXNk
  • 1. Learn
    about what's happening. Set up Google alerts for "child trafficking," "human slavery," etc.
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Diana Scimone

Thanks, Carl, for your comment about the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

I encourage my readers to click on the link that Carl provided and you'll find helpful info on how to contact your representative and senators to urge reauthorization of this vital act.

Diana

Carl Isaacson

Good post about Trafficking Victims Bill of Rights and the TVPA. I wasn't aware until recently that Congress has not renewed the TVPA in 2011-2012 session, which is required this year. Please ask your readers to contact their members of Congress to urge passage of the "TVPRA" or Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011. The deadline for passage is the end of this 2012 session. Not sure what happens to the laws if this isn't passed. Contacting Congress presently, and will update my blog when I get more info. http://humantrafficking.wordpress.com

Diana Scimone

Deanna, your questions are all good and valid ones -- and my immediate answer is, "I don't know." I've asked Giselle for her response and will post her reply here.

Meanwhile my thoughts are that even though the law has been in place for almost 12 years, we're still in the "education" mode--educating the public about trafficking, that it even exists here in the US (I run into people every week who never heard of it), what it is, how we can stop it. Ditto for law enforcement and government agencies at all levels (state, county, local). Just because you pass a law doesn't mean everyone knows about it and all the provisions. Especially when most people and agencies don't even know about the problem that the law was passed to cover.

We have a huge education curve to get through, and that's what organizations such as the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking do; B2F is a member of this great group, which educates non-profits like us, law enforcement, government agencies, service providers, safe houses, schools, the faith-based community, and more.

As far as service providers and safe houses go, they know about the law of course but we're all in the education mode about the specific provisions. Everyone I've met in these groups has had excellent intentions and is doing the best they can with limited resources, so it's not that they're mistreating victims; they just may not know all the provisions they're supposed to follow. I want to stress that point: they are already doing a great job.

As far as measuring the effectiveness of the law in general, you just have to look at the number of rescues and arrests since we've had TVPA compared to before the law went into effect. There's no comparison. TVPA works.

Measuring effectiveness is tricky. I run into this with Born2Fly. It's of course impossible to tell who would have gotten trafficked but didn't because they went through the B2F training and awareness program. Ditto for TVPA. It's impossible to measure the "what would have happened" things.

In answer to your last question re enforcing the law--I go back to my answer about the education curve. We're still in the mode of educating people about the law.

Deanna, I hope this helps somewhat and I'll post Giselle's replies here later.

Deanna

Hi Diana,
I read some of the bill of rights for trafficking victims and have been left with nagging questions.

Just who is accountable for enforcing these 'rights'?
Is anyone judging the effectiveness of this statue?

It's great to have a law but who's holding out the radar gun enforcing the law?

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