Jaclyn Wasco, M.Ed., MA, NCC
January --National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month
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What is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month?
“National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month” was declared by President Obama in 2010, with presidents following his lead, including President Biden recognizing it in January 2023. Human Trafficking involves forced labor and sexual trafficking, which threatens personal dignity, safety, and freedom. It is estimated that nearly 25 million people worldwide are experiencing slavery and trafficking, which moves through countries, resulting in the United States forming relationships with other countries in order to not only bring awareness but also work to aid those suffering from trafficking.
It is important to note that minority and marginalized groups face an increased risk of trafficking, including persons with disabilities, children, runaways, the LGBTQ+ community, and racial and ethnic minorities. This continues to be an ongoing problem, and we encourage you to learn more about human trafficking and the impact that it has all over the word. It is through greater awareness that the abuse people suffer as a result can be helped.
Human trafficking is happening right now, in our own community. Refuge for Women is a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for women who have escaped from human trafficking or sexual exploitation. With a location here in Pittsburgh, the organization provides many ways that we can make a difference in our surrounding community.
Donate. Help the organization provide care and resources for survivors. https://refugeforwomen.org/give/
Run for Refuge. Commit to running in support of this cause to raise financial support and awareness. https://refugeforwomen.org/run-for-refuge-pittsburgh/
Volunteer. Receive training and provide hands-on help to the organization as it prepares to open its new Emergency Home. https://refugeforwomen.org/volunteer-training/
For more information, please use the following resources:
20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking - https://www.state.gov/20-ways-you-can-help-fight-human-trafficking/
National Human Trafficking Prevention Month Fact Sheet - https://www.state.gov/national-human-trafficking-prevention-month/
Refuge for Women’s Stories of Hope - https://refugeforwomen.org/storiesofhope/
For immediate help, access the National Human Trafficking Hotline:
Dial 711 to access the hotline via TTY