I’m going to share some harrowing facts with you. They are not light, they are not pretty and they hard to swallow. And as ugly as these facts might be, they must be known. No matter their age, race, ethnicity or religious affiliations, children everywhere matter. They deserve to be protected. Will you join the fight against child sexual exploitation and endangerment?
How Can You Help?
1. Know where your goods come from. Children are sold into forced labor every day. Are your purchases perpetuating child labor?
2. Educate yourself and your children. Learn how to recognize human trafficking, have conversations with your kids about strangers and the dangers of the internet.
3. Volunteer. Get involved in your community! Use the National Human Trafficking Hotline to find organizations in your area in need of assistance. If you’re local to Chicago, visit Stop It by the Salvation Army to get involved today.
4. Join a UNICEF Congressional Action Team. These teams engage with members of congress to make change for children. To get involved or receive more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Join the Poster Partner Program. This program alerts you via email when children go missing in your city.
6. Contact your elected officials. Get in touch with members of the U.S. Congress. Put pressure on them to address these issues and work to find missing children.
7. Donate. There are so many wonderful organizations working to protect children that need financial help. Find one in your area or visit rights4girls, Operation Underground Railroad, Child Find America to donate instantly.
8. Know who is missing in your area. View photographs of missing children at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. If you have any information on missing children call 911 or 1-800-THE-LOST immediately.