What makes someone more at-risk of falling victim to sex trafficking than others? Knowing the vulnerabilities of people who are exploited through sex trafficking can drastically lower the number of those who are impacted by this awful epidemic. There are no definite criteria that automatically make someone more at-risk, but there are a few factors that play a part in increasing one’s vulnerability to sex trafficking.Read More
Chances are, you’ve heard the name Cyntoia Brown in the last year. With the help of celebrity buzz from Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, LeBron James and others, public awareness about an old yet seemingly unjust court case has sparked a social media movement crying for justice for Cyntoia. The 2004 trial that sentenced 16 year old Cyntoia to life in prison has people outraged, and rightly so. Here is everything you need to know about trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown, and what you can do to advocate for her early release.
18-year-old Pavi* has grown from the despair of the sex industry to the joys of a successful young athlete—and today she’s dreaming even bigger for her future.Read More
A21 defines sex trafficking as: “forcing, deceiving, or coercing a person to perform a commercial sex act.” According to a report by the United Nations (UN), the majority of victims of sexual exploitation are female. Another UN report revealed that, in a study of trafficking across 52 countries, 72% of the exploitation was sexual.Read More
Fast fashion describes the rapid movement of inexpensive garments from the runway to the store in order to keep up with trends. It stocks stores with beautiful, on-trend items that are hard to say “no” to because of their low prices. But would we consider thinking twice before buying if we knew how that garment was made? If we were to meet the man or woman who made that article of clothing, talked to them about their salary or working conditions, and put ourselves in their shoes - would the $10 skirt be worth it?Read More
“Intentionality” is an important word in Dr. Rachel Hammond’s vocabulary. “It’s easy to think too much, but if you only think about something, it isn’t going to happen,” she told me when I asked for her best piece of advice.Read More
Very soon after arriving in Greece, Nina’s boyfriend forced her into prostitution, threatening her with physical harm, as well as, the well-being of her child if she did not comply.Read More
There are many incredible organizations involved in the global fight against human trafficking and all forms of modern slavery. Recently I had the privilege of attending a presentation by Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris Project, titled, ‘The Typology of Modern Slavery.’ Myles highlighted 25 different types of human trafficking based on the data collected from their hotline for our Southwest Florida community of service providers - and it was eye opening. It’s important as advocates to constantly be educating ourselves about the different realities of trafficking so we can be more effective at combating them.Read More
People are trapped in the sticky web of trafficking all around us because of the many means that traffickers use to recruit their victims--means that are seemingly harmless on the surface but are the cause of great destruction and heartache when you look deeper.Read More
McMahon/Ryan had a youth come through the center who was an identified victim in a rather involved sex abuse/child pornography case. We will call her Sarah.* Sarah was part of an investigation involving New York State Police and Homeland Security.Read More
The team here at Dressember wants you to be educated and up-to-date so that you can be informed, making you the best advocate that you can be. So, here are some terms and their definitions that we think you should know!Read More
“E"* was born and raised in rural Central America. She had a happy childhood. But by the time she was 11, she and her two younger siblings were orphans.Read More
Are you a justice-seeking parents hoping to shop for your kiddos in an ethical manner? You’ve come to the right place! Ethical living is not limited to adults, and there are many brands that provide goods for all ages and are transparent about their production process.
Below are 10 ethical fashion brands for kids!Read More
There are times that we let things get in the way of our influence. There are times when we use excuses like, “I don’t have enough time,” or “I don’t know enough,” or “I’m not old enough.” These thoughts can get in the way of raising our voice when we see something unjust, but today we want to let you know that it doesn’t have to be that way. Whatever time you have to give, whatever knowledge you have, however old you are - you can be an advocate fighting against trafficking.Read More
When you find a cause that strikes a chord in your heart and makes you want to fight for something, it’s normal to expect everyone around you to catch the same fire. However, this isn’t always the case. As much as we would love our passions to be universal and for all people to be enthusiastically fighting for the same thing, that’s not typically the reality. We might not all fight the same thing, but we can all still support each other in the many different movements against injustice. Even so, it’s easy to get frustrated when trying to share your passions when the response isn’t on par with your enthusiasm. So, here is a helpful guide on how to have conversations about injustice that are beneficial to you and everyone else.Read More
At Dressember, individuals choosing to commit to wearing dresses for the month of December whilst fundraising and spreading the word about trafficking are not just called participants. They’re called advocates. You might consider the difference between these terms subtle. In fact, when I first decided to join the movement, I used the words interchangeably. After all, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a participant as, “one who takes part or shares in something.” Was that not exactly what I would be doing by donning dresses and campaigning? Over time, as I became more familiar with the vision and heart of Dressember, I have come to understand the significance of the choice of word advocacy. Today, we’ll unpack what it means to be an advocate in the anti-trafficking movement through Dressember.Read More
International Justice Mission (IJM) helped Kolkata’s anti-trafficking police rescue two victims at a private home, and arrest five criminals who were selling them for sex, including a notorious trafficker named Archana* we have been pursuing for years.Read More
In a world with a global economy where imports and exports are a daily occurrence, it is vital for us to be informed and aware of where our products originate. It can be easy to look at these labels once and then never look back. We are all guilty of not taking a few minutes to think deeply about where the clothes we wear every day come from.Read More
*Trigger Warning: The following is a true story of a survivor of abuse. Please consider this before reading further.
Ann Marie* lived with extended family during her early teenage years. At 13, she was brought by a relative to a compound that housed a religious cultRead More