Anyone can fight trafficking. How can you be part of the fight?

From the facebook page of the Abolitionists Movement come a couple of examples of everyday people using their interests, time, and talents to fight human trafficking.

One is the story about a female photographer who combined a love of riding motorcycles with her photography skills to document the stories of human trafficking survivors.  The article from d.chieftain.com says, "A photographer making a solo 10,000 mile cross country motorcycle trip stopped in Socorro last week to bring awareness to an issue that may be largely unfamiliar to many — human trafficking.

Her name is Lauren Trantham and her mission is to interview and photograph women across the country who are sex trafficking survivors."  Lauren says, “My goal is to encourage women to celebrate their uniqueness and who they are and what they love,” she said. “Help them love themselves a little more. Work on self-esteem issues.”   (Click here to read the full article.)

A second article on The Abolitionist Movement facebook page is about a group fighting human trafficking through their fly-fishing group!  The author, Ryan Hughes, says, "I know, it’s a little tough to visualize how fly fishing would tie into stopping human trafficking. But that is what makes this organization so unique. The Fly Fishing Collaborative has a whole arsenal of tactics to help their cause."

"In addition to performing direct aid to the homes of these children, the Fly Fishing Collaborative is providing an excellent amount of funding for their cause, through selling hand-crafted fly fishing goods, as well as through providing guided trips. The revenue from these goods and guided trips goes right back into the cause. The money helps pay for their projects at home and abroad, as well as economically support safe-homes that keep children out of harms way."  Read the full article here.

Awesome!  Everyday people using the resources and talents they have to fight trafficking.  That's all it takes.

What skills/interests/talents do you have?  How can you use them to fight trafficking right where you are?
Sue Ann

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Are youinterested in preventing minor sex trafficking in Whatcom County?  Join others in your school district to promote the Hope4Justice STEP (Student Trafficking Education Project) scholarships to your students.  Contact Sue Ann at info@hope4justice.org for more information.

Don't forget to sign up for these free trainings put on by DSHS:

CSEC 101, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children - Overview;Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST).  Part one of a three part series. Click HERE to register.

CSEC 102, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children - Direct Service;Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PST)  In part two of the series, this training will build upon the information presented in CSEC 101, focusing on safety planning and direct service to survivors of exploitation. It is recommended that participants attend CSEC 101 before taking this training. Click HERE to register.