5 Triangle Organizations Working to Combat Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a form modern-day slavery involving forced or coerced labor, prostitution, or other exploitation. North Carolina regularly ranks among the top ten states with the most reported human trafficking violations in the U.S.
This is an alarming statistic. Yet, many groups, activists, and government agencies are working to combat human trafficking. They seek justice for victims, provide resources for those affected, and help prevent future exploitation.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day
In 2007 the Senate declared January 11 National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In 2010, President Obama declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness month. This year, there are many ways to join the fight to combat human trafficking and offer support to victims of these crimes.
Several organizations in the Triangle are actively working to combat human trafficking in North Carolina and beyond. Here are four local groups doing the important work to combat human trafficking and some ways you can get involved with each:
Headquartered in Raleigh, Freedom United proudly calls itself the “largest modern anti-slavery community in the world.” The organization empowers people to have an impact on the movement against human trafficking by signing petitions for specific causes. Freedom United tells stories of individual victims and their communities around the world. Visit their website to read survivor stories and sign your name to their campaigns.
N.C. Coalition Against Human Trafficking
The NCCAHT is a nonprofit with institutional and individual members who support the goal of ending human trafficking in the state. Members provide support in areas of community and faith-based involvement, direct service, government and law enforcement, and training and education. If interested in membership, you or your organization can apply via their website so you may participate in their initiatives.
N.C. Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Among its many services to N.C. communities, NCCASA also provides direct services to survivors and victims of human trafficking. They help victims meet basic needs, conducting prevention outreach, and working with legislators to improve our laws, to name a few. NCCASA accepts donations from the community to help them meet their goals related to ending human trafficking.
N.C. Stop Human Trafficking
N.C. Stop Human Trafficking works to abolish human trafficking in North Carolina through education, collaboration, and legislation. They also introduce fair trade products (those free of forced labor) into local markets. This organization offers extensive volunteer opportunities, including grant writing to public speaking engagements, and offers an internship program for social justice-minded college students.
NCHRC engages in grassroots advocacy, resource development, and coalition building. Furthermore, they provide direct services for law enforcement and those made vulnerable by drug use, sex work, overdose, immigration status, gender, STIs, HIV, and hepatitis.
Other organizations working to combat human trafficking and modern-day slavery include:
How You Can Help
Because of the important work being done by these organizations, we have more opportunities to spot, stop, and prevent human trafficking. Together, we can provide victims and survivors with resources to report, recover, and find justice.
If you are interested in combatting modern-day slavery and human trafficking but don’t know where to start, begin by learning the common indicators of these crimes. The simplest way to help in the fight against human trafficking is to speak up if you are concerned that someone you know may be a victim. You can anonymously report the concerning signs of human trafficking behavior to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.