When I speak to adults about child trafficking, their reaction is shock and disbelief. But when I speak to teens and college students, here's the reaction:
- "Yes, I know a lot about human trafficking."
- "I know someone who's been trafficked." (I hear that a lot.)
- "I'm taking an anti-trafficking course in school."
- "I'm minoring in anti-trafficking in college" (usually in connection with their major such as health care, law, etc.)
And the #1 reaction:
5. "I want to go into anti-trafficking after I graduate but I don't know where or how. Where can I plug in? And how can I find a job in this field?"
That's why in 2013 I wrote and published AUDACIOUS, my book about child trafficking and how to stop it. My goal was not only to tell the dramatic story of Born2Fly but also to mobilize an audacious army of young abolitionists and equip them to come up with their own audaciously big ideas to stop the traffic -- or whatever issue of injustice is on their heart.
Nearly 3 years later, that's exactly what has happened. It's time to give you some exciting updates:
We're heading to college!
This fall AUDACIOUS will be offered as an extra-credit reading assignment for a class on "Human Trafficking in America" at Southeastern University in Florida taught by my anti-trafficking colleague Pat Manzo from Run for Freedom.
I'm working to find other universities and even high schools that teach anti-trafficking to encourage them to incorporate AUDACIOUS into their curriculum, too.
Why? Because most young people are already aware of the horrors of trafficking -- they just want to know how to get involved to stop it. That's exactly what AUDACIOUS does through dozens of "creativity exercises" designed to help them find that audacious idea inside them and bring it to reality.
If you teach anti-trafficking in college or high school or know someone who does, or know of an anti-trafficking club at school, email me for a one-sheet on how to incorporate AUDACIOUS into your curriculum.
AUDACIOUS has a brand-new front cover
Yup, it's stark and dramatic and hopefully makes you want to throw up when you think about a little girl being held in chains or caged. My goal is not to whitewash this issue. We need to be shaken up by the horrors of what is really happening, and hopefully this new cover does that:
No, that is not a trafficked child on the cover; it's a stock photo. Trafficked children are already exploited enough so we never use photos of real victims. But I wanted a photo that portrays some of the devastation and hopelessness that trafficked children go through. I hope this does -- and more importantly moves people to action.
If you know someone -- of any age -- who wants to fight human trafficking but doesn't know where to plug in, please consider giving them AUDACIOUS as a gift. Just click on the Amazon logo to order today:
Thank you for standing with me for 10 years of trafficking prevention via books, curriculum, radio, and more. Together we really are reaching kids before the traffickers do -- and mobilizing an audacious army of young abolitionists to do the same.