It’s a Pride Month like no other and in this incredibly challenging time it is more important than ever to celebrate diversity, stand proud in the face of discrimination, and recommit to healing and supporting our communities. At this point in time, there are more people who are vulnerable than ever to the lure of traffickers promising love, safety, shelter, and economic stability. We owe it to our community to ensure vulnerable populations, especially homeless LGBTQ+ youth and transgender women of color, have access to services and safety.
Let’s get the word out that there are options available through the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline. Please download and share these cards with people in your networks and ask them to pass along to people in theirs, so everyone knows there is somewhere to turn for support.
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- June is Pride Month in the United States, a time to remember history, celebrate how far we’ve come in advancing the rights of LGBTQ+ people, but also to reinvigorate our efforts to continue the fight for equality and against discrimination and hatred.
- Discrimination and its manifestations are one of the key reasons that people who identify as LGBTQ+ – particularly young people – can be especially vulnerable to human trafficking.
- Runaway and homeless youth without safe shelter and social supports are at higher risk of trafficking and exploitation. Traffickers exploit their needs and vulnerabilities to compel them into sex or labor trafficking. LGBTQ+ youth may be trafficked by intimate partners, family members, friends, or strangers.
- Effective support and services are vital to reducing trafficking. If the basic needs of LGBTQ+ youth continue to go unmet, these young people face a greater risk of returning to their trafficking situations.
- There are a lot of reasons why a person will or will not reach out for help when they are in trouble. The decision to seek assistance is completely up to the individual. Some people aren’t ready to leave their situation or receive services, and that’s okay. If you are ready to be heard, the National Human Trafficking Hotline is here and ready to listen.
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