This Valentine’s Day, I want to spend some time reflecting on love in ways which you perhaps don’t think about every day, and I want to invite you to think about love in new ways with an advocate’s heart. We have all encountered unloving people and been put in unloving situations; we all know what love is not. Love is not harmful. Love is not selfish. Love is not using another human being.Read More
She wanted to provide education to those who really needed it, but couldn't easily get it, and she realized educational workshops were not enough.Read More
Carole Murphy is an activist in the movement of women, working as the founder of two powerful organizations: Purse for the People and Gratitude 4 the Goddess. She spends her days redefining fashion and using her organizations to encourage and uplift women. She uses her gifts to make other women feel important and empowered. I was fortunate enough to interview her.Read More
Dressember advocates all over the world spend an entire month wearing a dress, posting to social media, and raising funds for our grant partners. It feels awesome to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves - but after Dressember ends and we go back to wearing our normal attire, what do we do?Read More
A few years ago, my husband and I decided we were done buying each other meaningless gifts for holidays that would just end up in the donate pile a year later. We made a point to start buying each other more meaningful, ethically-made gifts with a story behind them.Read More
I am about to tell you something about my story that, literally, maybe five people know. It will be surprising to most, and may possibly make you see how traffickers really do use any means to get what they want.Read More
Internet safety for children has long been an issue with both parents and legislators. The rise of connectivity and Internet access has increased problems like cyber-bullying and the online sexual exploitation of children. Law enforcement officers, parents, and lawmakers have worked to educate the public, protect children, and prosecute offenders in order to make the Internet a safer place.Read More
Languages are always evolving to be able to describe and reflect the change in societies. Languages reflect the societal shifts that are made as new ideas come into play, and old ones are reinvented. One newer concept and word that you might not be familiar with is: sextortion.Read More
At Dressember, we’re into making powerful purchases, which is why we partner with companies that are changing the fashion game for good. Meet Purse & Clutch (P&C): an Austin-based company specializing in accessories with an impact. Through providing beautiful, ethically made handbags, they are ending the cycle of poverty for artisans in Guatemala and Ethiopia.Read More
It’s the end of January, which means that both the Dressember style challenge and the U.S. National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is almost over. You and your team have managed to raise $3,500, which is half the cost of a mission to rescue a victim of human trafficking from their situation, and your $3,500 has contributed to Dressember’s overall goal of raising over $2,300,000! It has been another successful year of raising money to combat human trafficking.
Yay! Woohoo! Yeah!
The crowds go wild!
But just where do those funds go?Read More
In certain cultures, male children are preferred over females, a preference that can often lead the family to end the female’s life. In these cases, males are valued as workers, providers for the family, and needed to carry on the family name. On the other hand, females are seen as an extra mouth to feed, an increased liability, and an economic burden, particularly when it comes time to pay a dowry for her to get married.Read More
Football and human trafficking - chances are, when you see those two things side by side, your thoughts take a dark turn. Most of us have heard about the connection between sporting events (and any large gathering of people, for that matter) and human trafficking. What you may not have heard about, however, are the efforts NFL coaches and players are making on behalf of the fight against modern-day slavery.Read More
At Dressember, we say that wearing a dress and tie throughout the month of December are the training wheels for year-round advocacy. With that being said, “taking off the training wheels” and finding ways to fight injustices can be difficult, but with just the right amount of guidance, advocacy never has to stop!Read More
How many of you are like me and started your day with a cup of coffee or tea? If you lived in Cambodia, you probably just spent your entire daily income on that beverage. According to ECPACT (End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism), more than 70% of Cambodians live on less than $3 a day. Poverty is one of the factors that make individuals vulnerable to human trafficking, which is a serious problem in this Asian country. Women are particularly endangered due to gender inequality and lack of education. Dressember brand partner Malia Designs is working to change that by providing economic opportunities for both women and those with physical challenges.Read More
What had I just watched? I watched the same dynamics play out in front of me that I, and many others, have experienced while being sexually exploited and controlled by pimps.Read More
Last week we shared about the reality of female infanticide. This week, we’re focusing on female foeticide. Next week, we’ll explore how these two practices contribute to the issue of human trafficking and modern slavery. It wasn’t until Dressember’s trip to South Asia in 2018 that the Dressember team realized how much infanticide and foeticide play a part in the issue of modern slavery. We invite you to learn more and use what you’ve learned to take action.Read More
“I’m Barbara Amaya. I’m not 21. I’m 15-years-old, and I’m from Fairfax Virginia. Please help me. Please find my family, I just want to go back home.”Read More
What can we learn today from looking at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life?
The Jim Crow laws are a thing of the past. Though prejudice exists, we have come a long way since the Civil Rights Movement. How is Martin Luther King, Jr. relevant today? If we look at Dr. King’s life, we can see how his approach to advocacy is as significant now as it was then.Read More