Creating a world free of modern-day slavery takes time and energy. If you are willing to dedicate time to eradicating trafficking, there are many things that you can do. We first recommend that you contact an organization in your area. To locate an organization, check out this map, which outlines nearly all anti-trafficking organizations in the world. Before starting your own project, we encourage you to explore collaborating with an organization that may have more knowledge and resources or may already be doing the project you are interested in doing.
Volunteer, Intern, or do a Fellowship with an Anti-trafficking Organization
Contact an organization near you to see how you can get involved or if they have Internship/Fellowship opportunities.
- If you are a Lawyer: Many victims of trafficking need pro bono legal services to be certified as a victim of trafficking and apply for T or U-visas. Contact a social service agencies in your area to see how you can help by representing a client. Need supplemental information on how? Search our database for various resources for lawyers or check out the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center.
Work to Provide Resources for At-Risk Individuals or Survivors of Trafficking
There are numerous ways to decrease the likelihood that someone will be trafficked. In addition, if someone is a survivor of trafficking, they may be in need of numerous resources. Here are a few things that you can do to support these individuals:
- Work with Rehabilitation Services:Whether for individuals who abuse substances or for formerly trafficked persons, rehabilitation is integral to decreasing the risk of trafficking and to supporting survivors of trafficking to recover from their trafficking situation.
- Work with a Mentoring Organization or Informally Mentor a Youth:At-risk youth often do not have a support system at home or in society. Traffickers manipulate these vulnerabilities to control individuals. Mentorship is a great way to provide a space where at-risk youth feel supported.
- Work with an Empowerment Organization: By addressing difficult issues impacting children and youth, creating a safe area for discussion and belonging, and working through life’s struggles together, we can create a sense of community which can help prevent the push and pull factors in some trafficking situations. Additionally, the process of empowerment is essential to survivors’ rehabilitation. Some examples of empowerment initiatives may include life skills training, peer mentoring, educational projects, after-school programs, and summer camps.