Around the world, people are helping bring awareness of human trafficking and ways to take action.
The Tulare County DAs Office and Human Trafficking Taskforce will be launching an awareness campaign that includes large newspaper ads, television PSAs in English and Spanish (To be available on YouTube) and spots on Good Morning America, radio PSAs, banners on public transits, billboards, and social media. They will also be distributing navy blue ribbons for human trafficking awareness.
Here are some ways you can get involved:
1. Save The National Human Trafficking Hotline number and text line on your phone: 888-373-7888 and 233733 (BeFree). Take one minute to be equipped to potentially be a lifeline. The hotline is a one stop human trafficking resource, from general information to immediate assistance and intervention and many victims have gotten help through the hotline. Our local agencies will be contacted when needed. The text line (text INFO or HELP) is used most by victims.
2. Watch and show Chosen/Chosen Gang Edition. These sex trafficking prevention by Shared Hope Int’l were created to educate youth about sex trafficking and what to do. See more here
Watch/ Show Dreams Die Hard, a documentary on labor and sex trafficking in America. (These films and more videos are available in our library and on our YouTube Playlist)
3. Post Human Trafficking Outreach Posters. The Tulare County DAs Office produces trilingual posters that help victims self identify and seek help. We need help getting these up around Tulare County. They are required by law at some locations, but needed everywhere. Contact TCDAO at 559-636-5471.
4. Learn the signs of trafficking If you have not been trained, familiarize yourself with the red flags of possible human trafficking. Read more here.
5. Help improve the GraceCity App. We still need businesses, agencies, organizations, churches, and individuals to sign up as a resource to human trafficking victims and other victims of exploitation in Tulare County. See our page here for more info and if you qualify as a resource provider.
6. Implement Freedom Sunday with your church or group on March 9 (or February 7). Join with churches around the Central Valley in focusing on awareness, prayer, and action with your faith group. See here for more details.
7. Wear a navy blue ribbon, the color for human trafficking awareness. Share what you know about human trafficking to those who ask and are interested and share our ways to get involved.
8. Follow the Tulare County DA’s Office and Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council on Facebook to be updated on education, resources, and opportunities throughout the month.