Advocate for Change

Our awareness raising page provides information to help you learn about human trafficking and share that knowledge with your community.  In addition to awareness-raising, advocating for concrete change is crucial in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Civil society organizations working to end trafficking sometimes ask for the public to sign petitions or call your representatives to express support for their advocacy efforts.  Subscribing to newsletters of organizations you support is a good way to learn about these opportunities.  Additionally, some organizations have running campaigns, for example:

  • Freedom United runs anti-trafficking campaigns on a wide range of issues. Explore their website and sign on to a petition on a topic you are passionate about.
  • Polaris is a leading U.S. based anti-trafficking NGO. They have several opportunities for you to lend your voice to their campaigns.

Below is information on advocacy around specific human trafficking issues:

Prison Labor

Human Trafficking Search published a report on labor in private prisons and Polaris guest authored a three-part blog series that provides an overview of the issue.

If you are interested in advocating on this topic, consider signing Freedom United’s petition to help stop the forced labor of detainees or contact your legislator and encourage him or her to support efforts to ensure prisoners are free to turn down work, paid a fair wage, and cover by occupational health and safety standards.


Foster Care

Human Trafficking Search (HTS) published a report on the intersection of foster care and trafficking in persons.  HTS has also published several blog posts on the topic.

Research conditions in your state and advocate for laws that improve the quality of foster care and training for foster care stakeholders on human trafficking and how to spot the signs.

Foster care children who are trafficked are sometimes caught up in the legal system.  They are incarcerated rather than being treated as a survivor and given care, and their convictions make it more difficult to move on with their lives.  Safe harbor laws prevent minors from being prosecuted for prostitution.  Review this fact sheet and if your state does not have a safe harbor law, contact your legislator and advocate supporting the passage of one.


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