CAN A DRESS CHANGE THE WORLD?

 

Our answer: Yes.

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.

 

 
 
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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.

 
 
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Source: United Nations & International Labor Organization

 
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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.

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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 ultimately dismantle the human trafficking industry from every angle. 

 
 
2009

The beginning

Blythe Hill challenges herself to wear a dress every day of December. Friends join in every year and word spreads.


2013

Gaining momentum

Dressember becomes a movement to fundraise for change, with 1,233 participants globally. We partner with IJM and raise over $165,000!


2015

New partners

Dressember adds A21 as a partner. Advocate participation has nearly quadrupled since 2013.


2016

$1,000,000 for change

Dressember adds first domestic partner McMahon Ryan, and for the first time ever, raises over $1M.


2018

Onward together

Dressember adds 9 new grant partners across the U.S. and thousands of advocates raise nearly $2.4M worldwide.


 
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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. 

 
 
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Make a Donation

Dressember welcomes any opportunity to assist our partners in the fight against human trafficking. Follow the link below to make a general donation.

Donate your big day!

Birthdays, anniversaries, even wedding registries are great avenues to create an impact. Donate your special day to the cause and invite your friends and family to contribute in lieu of presents!

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Become an Advocate

Every year during the month of December you have the chance to link arms with fellow advocates to raise money and awareness for the fight against global human trafficking.

Registration opens October 2019

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Join the Dressember Collective

Join a powerful community of advocates and donors furthering the work and impact of the Dressember Foundation through monthly giving.