How do I get involved or help with the anti-human trafficking movement?
Where to Start
According to the 2013 U.S. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, The United States is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children—both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals—subjected to forced labor, debt bondage, involuntary servitude, and sex trafficking. Congruent to the U.S. Department of State's recommendations to help fight human trafficking, PEHT advises concerned citizens and advocates begin with these three steps.
Step 1. Get Educated on Human Trafficking:
Visit PEHT's Resource Center (coming soon!). Familiarize yourself with the basics of human trafficking through our Resource Center. There, you can learn how to help identify potential victims by knowing the red flags and the appropriate follow up questions to ask.
Request an outreach educator from PEHT. Human Trafficking awareness and specialized training for professionals (likely to come into contact with a trafficked person) is available for individuals, businesses, law enforcement, service providers, nonprofits, student groups, grassroots and faith-based organizations. To request a presentation or training by PEHT please contact us.
Encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to get educated on human trafficking.
Step 2. Take Action:
Become a fundraiser for PEHT. Because all PEHT's projects are funded through grants or donations from passionate and caring individuals, one of the best ways that you can contribute to the anti-human trafficking cause is by helping us fundraise. Learn how to become a fundraiser here.
“Like” PEHT on Facebook & follow us on Twitter. Get updates on human trafficking in the local, national and international news as well as current anti-human trafficking efforts.
Join or start a grassroots anti-trafficking coalition. If you live in Greater Pittsburgh Area and would like to join our Western Pennsylvania Human Trafficking Coalition, please send an email request.
Don't buy sex. Help reduce the demand for commercial sex. Victims are forced by traffickers to act like they "enjoy" engaging in commercial sex acts. Men should take the lead in spreading the message of not buying sex and incorporating it into their mentorship of other boys and men.
Be a conscientious consumer. Help reduce demand for forced labor, child labor, and exploitive labor practices. Discover your consumption Slavery Footprint, and check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Visit PEHT's Resource Center (coming soon!) for additional sources to become a conscientious consumer.
Make company supply chains transparent. Encourage companies, including your own, to take steps to investigate and eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains and to publish the information for consumer awareness. Check to see how your favorite companies are graded for their transparency and ethical practices of their supply chain by visiting the Story Behind the Barcode.
Distribute public awareness materials and campaign flyers. Contact your local coalition or anti-human trafficking organization and offer to help them distribute their campaign/awareness materials. To access PEHT's public awareness materials and advice on how and where to distribute materials, please visit our Resource Center (coming soon!).
Donate funds or needed items to an anti-trafficking organization in your area. Ask your local organization what items they may need. If you are in the Greater Pittsburgh Area and would like to donate resources and services to support local victims and survivors please email us. We strongly encourage generous philanthropists to donate funds via our donation page. Donating funds increases PEHT's operational efficiency compared to in-kind donations, although both types of donations are extremely useful and equally welcome!
Organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization. Inform the local organization you intend to raise funds for. Be sure to consult with them about the content of the event for quality assurance purposes.
Raise awareness by hosting an event. Educate your friends, colleagues, and peers by inviting them to your awareness event. Be sure to consult with your local anti-human trafficking organization for quality assurance purposes. Watch and discuss a recent human trafficking documentary. On a larger scale, host a human trafficking film festival.
Incorporate human trafficking information into your professional associations’ conferences, trainings, manuals, and other materials as relevant. Consult with your local anti-trafficking coalition or organization on what information to include and how to incorporate quality standard operating procedures (on victim identification, referral, and services to victims) into your professional trainings and manuals.
Start or sign a human trafficking petition. Help improve your state and local laws on human trafficking. It's quite simple, start with Raise Your Grade to improve your state's laws on sex trafficking and domestic minor sex trafficking.
Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal government representatives. Let them know that you care about combating human trafficking in your community, and ask what they are doing to address human trafficking in your area.
Encourage your local schools to partner with students and include the issue of modern day slavery in their curriculum. As a parent, educator, or school administrator, be aware of how traffickers target school-aged children.
Step 3. Report a tip:
If you see something, say something by asking the appropriate questions and then reporting it. Here is how:
In the United States
In cases of emergency call 9-1-1, if you believe you have identified someone still in the trafficking situation and they or you are in immediate danger.
In non-emergency cases, to report a tip, receive information or be connected to a service provider in your area call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline: 1-888-3737-8881-888-3737-888 OR text “INFO” or “HELP” and send to BeFree (233733). The hotline operates 24/7.
*DO NOT attempt to rescue a trafficking victim yourself- it may be unsafe for you and the victim. You have no way of knowing how the trafficker may react or retaliate against the victim and you. Victims are unlikely to accept your help. Please leave the rescue to trained professionals.