Human trafficking is defined by the United Nations as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons through use of force, coercion, deception or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. In the United States, the number of trafficked victims is largely unknown, but we do know that every day more vulnerable people are trafficked into the sex trade and labor industry. In 2013, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline received multiple reports of human trafficking cases in all 50 states and D.C.
Kerry Washington Sheds Light On An Invisible Kind Of Domestic Abuse from the Huffington Post, 9/16/14
“The ‘Scandal’ star appeared at an event in New York as an ambassador for The Allstate Foundation, which runs an initiative called ‘Purple Purse‘ to raise awareness of domestic abuse. As the campaign’s spokeswoman, Washington designed a limited-edition purple purse to draw attention to the role of money in abusive relationships.”
“NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will ‘help lead and shape the NFL’s policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault.’”
“White House officials say the campaign, called ‘It’s On Us,’ will challenge everyone on campuses to see sexual assault as their personal responsibility to prevent, but will particularly target male students. Presidential aides point to research shows that men are often reluctant to speak out against violence against women because they believe other men accept it, and that Obama and Biden hope to set an example by speaking out to help change social norms.”
#WhyIStayed Stories Reveal Why Domestic Violence Survivors Can’t ‘Just Leave’ from the Huffington Post, 9/9/14
“These tweets put human faces to intimate partner violence, and remind us that escaping that violence isn’t simply a matter of staying or going. The cycle of domestic abuse is far, far more complicated than that.”
Each year, during the month of October, domestic violence victim advocates, survivors and their loved ones, allies, and the general public join together to mourn the lives lost, celebrate the progress being made, and connect their efforts to put an end to violence in intimate relationships. Programs of all sizes, and individuals across the nation, can take part in raising awareness of this issue—even on a shoestring budget and with very little time. Join us for this webinar to learn how!