Maybe it was the article you read in the newspaper, or the documentary you watched last year. Maybe it was the survivor who bravely shared her story, or the statistics you read all over the Internet.
You’ve already agreed that selling and exploiting other people is not OK. But what are you going to do about it? Or, maybe a more accurate question may be, what can you do about it?
The answer: a whole lot more than you probably think.
It’s easy for the “average” person to believe that unless you have a degree in restorative counseling or a badge that says “Law Enforcement,” there aren’t many hands-on opportunities out there. Or maybe you’ve heard of some of the great opportunities to get involved, but feel your schedule is simply too packed to add just one more thing. It’s ok–we get it. We’ve all been there too.
Instead, may we suggest a different approach?
Rather than adding “fight human trafficking” onto your already piling-up to-do list, why not sit down with that list and ask yourself a few questions?
● Is there a way I can incorporate awareness in any of these places?
● How can I harness what I’m already doing to make a difference?
● Where do I see opportunities to bring someone along with me?
We understand the many needs already asking for your time. We really do. And we love watching what happens when ordinary, even busy, people learn to infuse what they’re already doing with the opportunity to make a larger impact.
In the past few years we’ve seen dozens of other “ordinary” people step up and do what they can, from yoga instructors to stay-at-home moms, and everything in-between. We have grandmothers who bake cookies for our after school program for at-risk youth, students who use their research papers to raise awareness, and Etsy artists who incorporate art therapy for survivors or donate a percentage of their proceeds to anti-trafficking work.
So what about you? What areas are you able to make a double impact? Maybe it’s becoming a mentor and taking at-risk girls along with you to the grocery store, or teaching them how to cook while making dinner. Maybe your business can become a way to raise awareness, or the time you spend with other moms at the neighborhood park.
Wherever you are, whatever you have to offer, we can guarantee this: it is needed.
Jenna Funkhouser currently serves on the Communications Team of Abolition Now, and anti-trafficking branch of Compassion Connect whose mission is uniting the Church to serve the sexually exploited and vulnerable. She is passionate about justice as an every-day action and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two cacti. To learn more about Abolition Now, check them out at www.abolitionnow.com.