#TalkTraffic: What You Can Do to Help Survivors and End Trafficking
Trafficking in persons is a global problem, and it can feel overwhelming. But there’s a lot you can do to help. This video explains how we can all come together to support survivors and end trafficking.
What You Need To Know
At NY Anti-Trafficking Network, people ask us all the time, “What can I do to help end trafficking and to help survivors directly?” While trafficking is a global problem, there’s actually a lot you can do to help.
THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW INCLUDE:
Learn what trafficking is and map out your action plan.
- Trafficking is about people living and working in a climate of fear, working under force, fraud, or coercion, usually in low-wage industries.
- Watch and share our #TalkTraffic video series to learn about trafficking and to teach others.
- Share this information with friends, co-workers, family, and people in organizations you belong to. Be aware of the conversations people have. When you hear people making jokes or saying things that don’t respect the dignity and voices of survivors, point it out and explain why that’s wrong.
Plan your donations to qualified legal and service providers and advocacy groups with a proven track record for respecting the dignity and human rights of survivors.
- In the United States, members of the national Freedom Network serve survivors and advocate on anti-trafficking law and policy.
- NY Anti-Trafficking Network works with survivors and has changed the legal response to trafficking in New York City and State.
- Internationally, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women leads global advocacy and its members from around the world follow a human rights approach to ending trafficking.
Be a media activist.
- When you see stories about trafficking that don’t respect the dignity and voices of survivors, post a comment online, or write a letter to the editor, and hold the media accountable.
- Share our #TalkTraffic video series to teach others about trafficking, using the hashtag #TalkTraffic and follow us on Twitter @NYATN.
- Other hashtags to follow include #trafficking #forcedlabor #humantrafficking #modernslavery and #supplychains.
Look into supply chains for goods and services you consume, for transparency and accountability.
- E-mail companies directly (get the information from their websites) so the leadership and their corporate social responsibility division hear that consumers care.
- If you hire domestic workers in your home, make sure you honor the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. When you go to restaurants and nail salons, make sure you treat the workers with respect and tip generously.
- Research, understand, and honor boycotts against the companies you buy things from. These sites help you look into supply chains for products you consume: goodguide.com | free2work.org | ethicalconsumer.org | workersrights.org | sweatfree.org | avoidplugin.com | buycott.com
Host a fundraiser or awareness event.
- Show our #TalkTraffic video series to teach others about trafficking, and lead a discussion after.
- Movies about trafficking you can screen and discuss include Not My Life, Normal, and Food Chains.
- Hold a clothing or food drive and donate to survivors in need, working with a relevant organization.
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Learn more about what you can do to help.
Production Credits — Producers: Juhu Thukral and Jeffrey Yamaguchi. Video Production/Filming/Editing: Jordan Timpy and Cassie Timpy of Agape Visuals (Read their write-up about working on this project). Music: Broke For Free.