We want to extend an immense thank you to all who came out to our event at Le Spa! You started the week off right by earning loads of good karma for helping support victims of child trafficking.
We know how busy you are and it isn't easy listening to the stories about trafficked children or making the decision that you want to be the one to help them. But if we aren't there for them, someone else will and that person might lead them into a cycle of emotional and physical imprisonment.
We want thank Blake of Blue Heart International for also stopping by and taking some time to tell us they are doing to help girls in the Sacramento area.
There are many ways to help fight child trafficking. Here are some tips and ideas on how you can contribute:
- Learn the signs of a potential victim. FAIR Girls has a wealth of information on this topic here. If you think someone might be at risk of being a victim, call the National Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
- If you live in California, learn about California state law SB-1193 and create fliers to post in the places listed with the content per legal requirements in the bill. It is law that these posters be posted in the locations stated. Do-Gooder will be making flyers soon for Californians to download and distribute. Organize a day with friends and supporters to make a day of it. (Thanks to Love Never Fails for this idea!)
- Volunteer at a local organization. You can find an organization that fights child trafficking in your area by searching for “child trafficking [your city name] non-profit”. Once you find one, ask how you can help. These great amazing non-profits run on a shoestring budget and can use your help in so many ways. Just ask.
- Mentor. Many orgs are looking for guest speakers or mentors for positive role models – both men and women – for rehabilitating victims. Fair warning that it’s tough, emotional work and not for everybody. Also, some organizations offer training for volunteers to become accredited to spread their programs to school students as well. Again, all you have to do is call your local non-profit and just ask.
- Donate. Yup, we put this one last. Money is always appreciated of course. Many non-profits help pay medical bills, shelter, food, and vocational training and need to buy resources and pay staff to keep up their great work to help children out of a debilitating cycle.
We hope you can find some time or money to help an organization in your area. Thanks again for your awesome support and we look forward to hearing from you!
Jon and Michelle