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Human Trafficking: Can You See Me? 

January 2020 - January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking is a global crisis that is affecting men, women, and children around the world. Although human traffickers target both adults and minors, youth are particularly vulnerable as an estimated  40.3 million human trafficking victims exist worldwide, and more than 1 in 4 of these are children. Young people are often lured into trafficking or exploitation by predators pretending to be romantically interested in them. Healthy relationship education can assist youth in recognizing the early warning signs of unhealthy relationship behaviors.
Can You See Me? is an international campaign intended to help people identify and respond to human trafficking. The video series presents different scenarios of trafficked individuals including domestic servitude, labor, sex and child exploitation. The premise of the campaign is that these trafficked individuals are often hiding in plain sight if we know what to watch for. For example, there have been several recent stories of Uber drivers who have reported suspicious passenger activity which turned out to be related to human trafficking.

Additionally, the Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases. In addition to responding to the immediate needs, providers should consider healthy relationship education a key component of recovery.

We hope you'll familiarize yourself with these campaigns as well as, the healthy relationship education resources available on our website. The more we know about trafficking and what to watch for, the more likely we are to be able to intervene on behalf of our most vulnerable populations. 

Tips of the Month:

  • Learn the facts about peer to peer sex trafficking. Use these infographics provided by the Family and Youth Services Bureau to learn about sex trafficking among youth peer groups. The infographics are available for both youth and adult populations in English and Spanish.
  • Get involved- there are 15 ways to do so. The State Department tip sheet titled,  15 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking provides a detailed list of recommendations for joining the fight against human trafficking.
  • Get help or report abuse. Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline ((Toll-free 1-888-373-7888 (24/7) or text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE)) for information, help, or to report potential trafficking crimes. You can also call National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)-Toll-free 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)-or visit http://www.cybertipline.org to report missing or exploited minors.

The Events Calendar offers a listing of national, regional and community-wide events that might be of interest to our targeted stakeholders. This includes conferences, webinars, policy forums, etc. You may submit events for consideration and inclusion on the Events Calendar.

Submitted events will be reviewed, and once approved, the event and its details will be posted on the calendar. Supporting documents, registration information, and flyers can also be posted and downloaded with each event.

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