There are many ways to help combat human trafficking besides donating money! You can contact your elected representatives about supporting important legislation to combat the crime and help survivors. You can learn more about how human trafficking really works and help educate others. And you can volunteer in your community to fight not just trafficking but the factors that lead to trafficking – including poverty, addiction and hopelessness.
Research finds that many human trafficking survivors report having some kind of criminal record as a result of being trafficked. The Trafficking Survivors Relief Act will provide a pathway for survivors to clear federal convictions from their records and move on with their lives in true, legal freedom. Passing this bill is a crucial step forward for victims and survivors and will help them clear their records and offer them an opportunity to start anew. Contact your Representative and ask them to support this bill.
The most consequential federal law on human trafficking is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), originally passed in 2000 and reauthorized several times since. This reauthorization bill keeps supporting the spirit of the first and subsequent reauthorizations with the framework of the “three Ps:” protection, prosecution, and prevention, but most specifically it reauthorizes important resources for anti-trafficking programs internationally, vital programs at the US Agency for International Development, and much-needed funding to operate The National Human Trafficking Hotline. The House of Representatives passed this bill on February 13, 2024.
Introduced this year, the National Human Trafficking Hotline Enhancement Act (H.R. 2601) would require the operator of the Trafficking Hotline to turn over information shared by the public to state and local law enforcement on demand, regardless of whether or not an adult trafficking victim consents to the involvement of law enforcement. Victims of human trafficking must be able to control when to involve law enforcement in their trafficking situations. This bill will compromise victims’ safety and put their lives at risk — and cause them to stop contacting the Trafficking Hotline altogether. Contact your Representative, and ask them to oppose H.R. 2601.
Understanding the realities of how love is often used as a weapon in situations of human trafficking is critical to preventing it. Learn more about the grooming process and what love doesn’t look like. Share our videos and graphics on social media to expand awareness of what human trafficking really looks like — directly from the experiences of survivors.
Compassionate, committed individuals and communities like yours are the most powerful resource there is to prevent and reduce human trafficking. But to leverage your power, you need the best possible information. Take our free introductory course, Human Trafficking 101, to learn what human trafficking really is, how it happens, and how you can be part of the solution.