January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and Saturday, January 11, is national Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Here are a few ways you can get involved in awareness and relief efforts surrounding this critical issue:
- Get educated about human trafficking in the US with resources from the Polaris Project.
- Listen to OPB’s recent segment on local child sex trafficking, including the story of Sara Hunt, a sex trafficking survivor.
- Get involved with Oregon’s Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC). Opportunities include staffing a support line for survivors of trafficking and sexual assault, community outreach, office support and more.
- Prepare meals and perform yard and housing projects for Janus Youth Services’ residential programs and shelters. Men can also apply to mentor youth with the organization’s Cordero program.
- Donate to the Portland Junior League’s Delicates Drive. Undergarments are often taken from survivors of sex trafficking to be used as evidence. The goal of this drive is to provide survivors with these essential, new items.
- Give a financial gift or get involved with any of these community partners dedicated to ending human trafficking and restoring the lives of survivors.
- Watch the Portland Junior League’s 25-minute documentary Waiting for the Light: Portland’s Sex Trafficking Crisis at McMenamins Mission Theater on Sunday, January 12.
- Check out these resources from A Heart for Justice to pray and reflect on this issue.
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