January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Y’all, it’s almost obnoxious how full of optimism I feel for 2013. In fact, I’m downright giddy with optimism (or the giddy could be from the coffee I had this afternoon)! I can’t wait to see how the fair trade movement grows and evolves over this next year. It seems like more and more people are getting educated, and feeling empowered that simple choices CAN and DO make a difference.

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We’re starting the year off right with January being National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

“This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten, and abused, locked in compelled service and hidden in darkness. They toil in factories and fields; in brothels and sweatshops; at sea, abroad, and at home. They are the victims of human trafficking — a crime that amounts to modern-day slavery.” -President Barack Obama

AND there is a day totally devoted to it as well: January 11, 2013 – National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Women, children and men are all affected by this crime. They are enslaved throughout the world through forced labor and/or commercial sex, and in some cases this is happening right in our own communities. But fear not, my dears. There are things we can do to help end trafficking!

There is a great organization that I support, and have lead awareness walks over the past 3 years. Stop Child Trafficking Now is based in NYC but has walks all over the country. I encourage you to follow them on twitter and Facebook to see what they are doing to stop the demand.

Also, The End Trafficking project is the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s initiative to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. In partnership with concerned individuals and groups, the End Trafficking project aims to bring us all closer to a day when there are ZERO exploited children.

Take Action to End Trafficking

Download resources to find out how you can help End Trafficking:

Connect with End Trafficking at:

Post the National Human Trafficking Hotline number, 1-888-373-7888. Callers can report potential cases, get help, or request information and training. This 24/7 toll-free hotline is 100% confidential.

Volunteer by joining the UNICEF Action Center today.

So it seems odd that I can feel optimistic while blogging about Human Trafficking, right? But isn’t is empowering to know that we can DO SOMETHING. RIGHT NOW. Even in the midst of our “busy-ness”? I’m believing that we’ll see an end to child exploitation AND the orphan crisis in our life times. And I’m doing what I can to help see this come to pass.

Further contributing to my optimistic feelings (other than I’m naturally a glass is half-full type of girl), I also have some giveaways in the works (check these current Noonday giveaways out. 31 Ambassador bloggers will be giving away Noonday each and every day of January!): $50 gift card, Vintage Lace Scarf, Ancient Ways Earrings), some fun blog posts, reviews, recipes, and overall awesomeness to help us all raise our standard to fair trade practices. My hope is that we can help each other change the world!

“Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

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