What You Can Do
Human trafficking is a multifaceted issue that is connected to many adaptive challenges. Because of the complexity, people are often left feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to begin. At CCHT, we are invested in helping communities, organizations, and individuals understand how to respond to trafficking in a way that intentionally prevents abuse and exploitation and promotes prosperity. Here are four simple ways that any person can combat human trafficking:
Assess and develop self.
True change begins internally. Take a moment to consider what your beliefs and misconceptions are about human trafficking are. Do you have paradigms about victims that shape your response? Can you see the connection between human trafficking and other social justice issues?
Also consider your own history of trauma. We each have a story! Is there something in your past you need to address? A hurt you need to heal before you can fully engage in this work? Take some time to understand the ways in which human trafficking might trigger you and develop a self-care plan to help you cope.
Seek education, wisdom, and accountability.
Learning is a continual journey, especially around a complex issue like human trafficking. Continue to invest time and energy into learning more. Seek partnerships with survivors and those who have experience in the field as they have invaluable wisdom and knowledge. Above all, stay humble. No one has all the answers. Ensure you are working alongside individuals that will hold you accountable. If you make a mistake, receive criticism with an open heart and mind and commit to doing better the next time.
Prevention efforts are essential to human trafficking work. Instead of being reactive, prevention is proactive. It places the emphasis on investing in the lives of others and creating contexts of prosperity.
So what does prevention look like? It is as simply as spending time with the children in your own family. Additionally, consider becoming a mentor, coaching a youth sports team, becoming a scout leader, or teaching a youth Sunday school class. In whatever way it makes sense for you, take steps to ensure that the children you interact with understand their value and worth.
Invest in anti-trafficking efforts.
We need your help! How will you invest your time, talent and treasure to support established and verified agencies? Connect with organizations that work closely with survivor leaders and have experience serving this population. Above all, be weary of new groups and organizations. As this topic continues to gain attention, more individuals will join the fight. Ask questions and investigate how these new organizations are partnering with the work already occurring in your community.
For more information on becoming a partner and/or ally with CCHT please visit our website at combatinghumantrafficking.org; make a donation; and/or send us an email.