#TalkTraffic Video Series: What You Can Do
At NYATN, 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.
Call for long-term solutions to the problems that create an environment where people are driven to work in vulnerable situations, putting them at risk for trafficking. Solutions to call for include:
- Safe and affordable housing.
- Supportive and qualified legal and social services.
- Commonsense immigration policy.
- Living wage jobs, anti-poverty policies, and the opportunity to build financial assets.
- Supporting low-wage workers organizing for their rights.
- Sexuality education, which survivors say would have helped them navigate vulnerable situations.
- Reduce reliance on the criminal justice system and remove heavy oversight by law enforcement.
- Safe, qualified, and appropriate services and housing for LGBTQ young people, especially those at risk for homelessness and/or family rejection.
- Promoting a global culture that values women and girls.
- Protecting fair working conditions and labor rights.
- Protecting human rights.
- Transparency and accountability in supply chains for goods and services.
If you do any of this work, you are doing important anti-trafficking work.
Organizations to connect with and support:
- Freedom Network
- Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women
- Coalition of Immokalee Workers
- Sex Workers Project
There are also things you can do right now:
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 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 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/shopping
| avoidplugin.com | buycott.com
Host a fundraiser or awareness event.
- Show our 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.