EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING
No matter who you are, you can do something to help child and teen victims of sex trafficking. Whether you are preventing the crime through awareness, supporting professionals who intervene with trafficking situations, or providing aid to victims who are transitioning into self-care and self-empowerment, there are a multitude of effective ways to help.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
No one can answer this question better than yourself.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS can request expert speakers to come to their school to discuss how sex trafficking exists locally.
COLLEGE STUDENTS can join protests around the Bay Area, such as Voices for the Voiceless hosted by S.H.A.D.E. every January on International Boulevard.
TEACHERS can give presentations to kids and parents to make them aware of potentially dangerous relationships.
FITNESS/YOGA INSTRUCTORS can give a class to survivors seeking to regain their self identity and a healthy connection to their body/mind.
LEGAL PROFESSIONALS can lead existing legislative committees to lobby on Capitol Hill and bring justice to victims.
MARKETING/TECH PROFESSIONALS can share their expertise to create efficient administrative systems or outreach campaigns.
KIND, PATIENT, MATURE MENTORS can help a young person to cross over permanently into a new empowered life. Get trained to become an official Mentor helping a Mentee to reach his or her full potential.
We invite you to explore and contact the following organizations for opportunities like this and much more:
S.H.A.D.E. stands for Survivors Healing Advising and Dedicated to Empowerment and was founded in 2015 by Survivor Leader Sarai Smith Mazariegos. Their mission is to empower survivors of sexual exploitation, human trafficking and domestic violence. S.H.A.D.E.'s unique model provides a powerful platform for survivors to lead the movement to stop sex trafficking.
Contact Sarai Smith Mazariegos to help support their Survivor Leader Retreats scheduled multiple times per year in California. Volunteer opportunities exist with "Voices for the Voiceless Rally & March" every January for Human Trafficking Month and every April for Alameda County Sexually Exploited Minors Awareness Week.
Since 2000, DreamCatcher Youth Services has been the only safe landing for homeless and disconnected at-risk youth in Alameda County who are between the ages of 13-18. Over 90% who have been through DreamCatcher have moved directly into stable housing, further education or employment. Over a third of their staff are graduates of their program who returned as adults wanting to give back for all they received.
Contact Dreamcatcher to help maintain Nika's Place, their new safe-house shelter for kids and teens who have been commercially sexually exploited, and Girls Lounge, a drop-in center offering services to girls escaping street exploitation, violence and abuse.
ARM’s mission is to use the Creative Arts to restore and empower individuals who have been exploited through human trafficking.
Individuals robbed of love, kindness, gentleness, grace, and courage have a right to reclaim it. They can be reached and restored. People who are able to love, cherish, and take care of themselves are able to lend an “ARM” to others.
To contact ARM of Care click HERE.
The I AM House of Restoration provides survivors and their children with long term services, in collaboration and support with several community organizations, to allow victims to go through a process that takes them from a place of victimization to a realization that they are powerful, valuable, precious and loved. This long term transitional housing program provides a wide range of flexible and optional services that reflect the differences and individual needs of survivors and their children.
Contact Vanessa Marie Johnson Russell to help the safe-house continue to care for its survivors.
Regina's Door, owned and operated by Survivor Leader Regina Evans, is a vintage boutique store that is also proud to be a healing artistic space of love and compassion in Oakland. They are honored to be a sanctuary of solace for survivors of sex trafficking, young creatives, at-risk youth, homeless youth and women. As of October 2016, the boutique is beginning a new journey of serving the community by providing healing theater/creative arts for survivors of sex trafficking, Oakland artist/creatives, and women.
Contact Regina Y. Evans to donate or volunteer to help transition the space into a safe creative haven for the community.
Since 2007, M.I.S.S.S.E.Y. has devoted its energy to the heartbreaking epidemic of commercial sexual exploitation by supporting and advocating for youth who are victims of child sex trafficking. M.I.S.S.S.E.Y. is a survivor-centered, trauma-informed organization that confronts the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Oakland and Alameda County.
For those interested in advocating for federal and state laws to protect victims, please join M.I.S.S.S.E.Y.'s Legislative & Policy Committee Meetings in Oakland by contacting advocacy(at)misssey.org
Interested in becoming a Mentor to a child or teen? Learn more here and sign up for M.I.S.S.S.E.Y.'s referral and training program: Click here!
B.A.A.T.C. efforts equip and engage individuals, civic groups, and non-profits with best practices to sustain in the fight against human trafficking in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. They work to build collaboration between local non-profits to establish a stronger continuum of care among victim service providers, and educate activists about how to sustain in their continuum of engagement to intervene on behalf of those who are enslaved.
Contact B.A.A.T.C. to get involved with a variety of events and outreach.
H.E.A.T. Watch is an anti-human trafficking organization that works to end trafficking exploitation in the Bay Area. Under the leadership of Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy E. O'Malley, H.E.A.T. Watch has developed various anti-human trafficking initiatives to engage the community, support the recovery of victims, and hold offenders accountable.
To contact H.E.A.T. Watch click HERE.