Life as we know it has changed. Like you, with each passing day, we are trying to make sense of this new norm and find ways to create positive change during this time of great uncertainty. Especially geared for our Student Alliance Against Trafficking members, the McCain Institute has identified 19 actions you can take from the safety of your own home to help those facing extreme vulnerabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will get through this and emerge even stronger and more resilient than ever before.

 

  1. Become a member of the Freedom Collaborative and educate yourself through their (free!) webinars and online resources.

 

  1. Explore the books and documentaries recommended on the Student Alliance Against Trafficking website.

 

  1. Write a blog post on the implications of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations, including human trafficking victims, for a change to be published on the McCain Institute’s website.

 

  1. Understand the extreme vulnerabilities farmworkers are facing on a daily basis by reading articles from The New York Times, Fronteras, The Fern, and Thomson Reuters, and support farmworker-serving organizations by sharing this letter through your social media platforms calling on Administration leaders to take immediate action to safeguard and protect farmworkers across the country. Be sure to use the hashtag #StudentsAgainstTrafficking

  1. Become a conscientious consumer and learn how you can have a great social impact through your purchases by reading Jane Mosbacher Morris’ book Buy the Change You Want to See.

 

  1. Write a letter to your University encouraging them to review and update their procurement policies to comply with the Fair Trade Standards. You can find a model procurement policy from Fair Trade here.

 

  1. Learn more at Futures Without Violence about how you can encourage your University to promote employment opportunities to trafficking survivors.

 

  1. Make sure organizations in your community are aware of the local, state and federal resources for COVID-19 by sharing the recommended resources on the McCain Institute’s website.

 

  1. Host a virtual donation drive to support your local survivor serving non-profits through AmazonSmile Charity List, Facebook Fundraisers, or by donating directly.

 

  1. Take Action in Support of The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2019 to help runaway and homeless youth, young adults and young families have a safe place to call home.

 

  1. Explore the McCain Institute’s interactive labor data visualization dashboard to examine where labor exploitation might be occurring in Texas. Take some time to develop your own opinion as to where trafficking happens and how we reach trafficking victims. Share your observations and opinions with the Combatting Human Trafficking team (email [email protected]) to help amplify efforts to eliminate forced labor.

 

  1. Determine if your state has mandated prevention education training for students and teachers by exploring state statues. If not, send a letter to your elected officials encouraging them to educate themselves so that they in turn can implement K-12 prevention education curriculum.

 

  1. Quiz yourself on the myths and facts of human trafficking.

 

  1. Share and promote the infographics from the Student Alliance website your personal and organization’s social media platforms. Be sure and use the hashtag #StudentsAgainstTrafficking

  1. Reach out to a local organization serving victims of human trafficking to determine their needs and appropriate messaging, then consider hosing a virtual letter writing party with fellow students, friends and family to write messages of hope and encouragement to survivors.

 

  1. Review and share Thorn’s toolkit on sextortion to ensure you and your peers are equipped with the knowledge to protect yourselves online.

 

  1. Send an email to [email protected] to be added to the Human Trafficking Daily News distribution list to receive updates on recent stories, research and news from the U.S. and around the world.

 

  1. Send a letter to your elected officials informing them of your commitment to end human trafficking and ask for their support. You can find your elected officials contact information here.

 

  1. Get a head start planning your awareness activities and campaigns as part of the Student Alliance for the 2020-2021 academic year!