Invisible, Until Now: The Blue Campaign

Have you ever been strolling through the airport, triple checking flights, and about to grab some peppermint gum for takeoff when you notice one of those “Recognize Human Trafficking” posters? Bold letters ask, “Can you see him?” “Can you see her?” Below, another sentence states, “It’s time to open our eyes. Victims of the sex trade, domestic servitude, and forced labor have been invisible, until now.”

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National & International Anti-Trafficking Laws in Place

As of 2018, human trafficking is illegal in all 50 United States (starting with Washington in 2003), and is recognized as a global crime. A number of national and international laws are in place that have been instrumental in criminalizing the act of trafficking by penalizing traffickers, and even recently, those who purchase victims.

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How to shop ethically for your kids without breaking the bank

Two years ago, I was pregnant with my son and just beginning to navigate the world of ethical shopping practices. This meant that not only was I learning about all the baby gear I needed, I was also trying to figure out how I could make sure these products were fairly made. It was important to me that the clothes and toys I provided for my child didn’t come at the expense of someone else, but I felt completely at a loss as to how to do this and still stick to any kind of a budget. It’s taken a little work, and I’m still learning, but I’ve picked up a few tips in these last couple of years that have helped me make sure my purchases are both worker and budget friendly.

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HOW ADVOCATES RE-VICTIMIZE SURVIVORS

On February 4, 1974, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a terrorist cult, kidnapped Patty Hearst. In April of the same year, she announced that she had joined the group and subsequently robbed the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco with its other members.

It took the SLA two months to transform Hearst from a victim of kidnapping to a perpetrator of crime, and the group did it in the same way that traffickers turn their recruits into valuable items on the commercial sex market: through masterful manipulation.

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An Introduction to Human Trafficking Awareness Month

While December is an important month for the Dressember organization to make a statement against human trafficking and recognizing its victims through a dress or a tie, the Dressember campaign does not start and end in December. In fact, the Dressember campaign continues until the end of January which is recognized as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

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How To Move Beyond "Slacktivism"

When it comes to human trafficking, an injustice so wrong that it makes anyone want to run to the nearest brothel and kick some doors down, the average person might begin to feel a little powerless. We all want every slave to be freed, but we also want to feel like we have a part to play in that fight. Sometimes, it can be difficult to see how we can help at all.

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A Resource Guide to Launch Your Ethical Fashion Journey

Dressember is slowly approaching and that can mean that the dress hunting has officially begun. While the dress shopping process can be an exciting time, it is important to make the right decision when purchasing clothing. Throughout the month of December (and life in general), we should be representing ethical brands that provide their workers with ethical working conditions. The fashion industry has a highly complex supply chain and because of that, it is easier for manufacturers and suppliers to get away with unethical practices. In this post, I will discuss a few tips and tricks on how to shop ethical and honest brands.

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Advocate Spotlight: 9-year-old Corah Stephens

Has anyone ever told you that you’re too young to change the world? Let me introduce you to Corah Stephens, the 9-year-old world-changer who is shattering that lie. This is her first year of Dressember advocacy, but she is already making a huge impact through raising $800 in the first 10 days of December, and boldly talking about human trafficking in her daily encounters.

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Are children victims of human trafficking?

Since 2016, an estimated 40.3 million people are involved in modern day slavery, including the 24.9 million in forced labor and 15.4 million in a forced marriage. These forced relationships can result in rape and domestic violence but since they are in a contractual marriage, assault is oftentimes overlooked.

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