The dress is our uniform, the flag of our movement. Dressember is an opportunity to reclaim and reappropriate the dress as a symbol of freedom and power; a flag for the inherent dignity of all people.
MAKE A STATEMENT
Every year, thousands of advocates around the world take on the challenge of wearing a dress or tie during the 31 days of December.
The dress or tie serves as the conversation starter to educate your community about modern slavery. Through your personalized campaign page, you'll be able to share your journey with your community and make a tangible impact for our grant partners. We equip you every step of the way with the tools to become an every day advocate.
We believe #YouCanDoAnythingInADress, including raise millions of dollars to support the fight to end slavery. Join us next December. Registration opens October 2019.
WE KNOW THAT:
Slavery exists in every city around the world. It haunts massage parlors and truck stops. It circles most major sporting events. And it may exist right next door to you.
Source: United Nations & International Labor Organization
SO, WE DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
In 2005, our founder Blythe Hill began hearing about the issue of sex trafficking. Despite her deep sense of urgency to help, she felt helpless. She wasn't a lawyer or a doctor or a social worker; her interests and talents were in fashion, trend analysis, and blogging. She didn't think she had much to offer to the fight, until four years later.
In 2009, Blythe challenged herself to wear a dress every day of December (hence: Dressember). Every year since then, more people joined in until Blythe’s one-person challenge blossomed into an international movement to fight sex trafficking.
IT STARTED WITH A DRESS.
Since 2013, Dressember advocates have raised over $7.5 million to fund vital anti-trafficking work worldwide.
We work with our grant partners to bring relief, restoration, and resources to victims around the world. It is our hope that through a growing, collaborative community of advocates, we will ultimately dismantle the human trafficking industry from every angle.
Blythe Hill challenges herself to wear a dress every day of December. Friends join in every year and word spreads.
Dressember becomes a movement to fundraise for change, with 1,233 participants globally. We partner with IJM and raise over $165,000!
Dressember adds A21 as a partner. Advocate participation has nearly quadrupled since 2013.
$1,000,000 for change
Dressember adds first domestic partner McMahon Ryan, and for the first time ever, raises over $1M.
Dressember adds 9 new grant partners across the U.S. and thousands of advocates raise nearly $2.4M worldwide.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS
YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.
Dressember welcomes year-round support in the fight against human trafficking. Follow the links below to make a general donation, become a monthly supporter, or participate in our annual campaign.