January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

About National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

In 2010 President Barak Obama designated January as National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. It was established with the intention of re-dedicating ourselves to the preventing and ending human trafficking – in all it’s forms. During January, we collectively pause to acknowledge the impact to communities around the world, including our own. We stand with survivors, allied individuals and agencies from every discipline and commit to building a future where generations to come may thrive free from exploitation.

This January – let’s extend the invitation to learn and take informed action together

Check out January's Event Calendar Now!

Digital Toolkit

The 2024 Human Trafficking Prevention Month Toolkit inspires individuals, agencies, tribes and communities to consider ways to raise awareness and take action during January and all year-around! 

Download the HTPM Digital Toolkit

Take Action During January!

1.    Organize a Community Awareness Project

Engage your community to shed light on the topic of human trafficking. Some ideas include:

  • Take a Step Against Trafficking – During January counties throughout CA host 5K Run-Walks, culminating in events to learn about local resources and collective action.
  • Raise Funds for Survivor Needs –  Check out the Pledge 2 Stop Trafficking, for a model of community collaboration between multiple anti-trafficking organizations in the Central Valley.
  • Issue a Community Wide Proclamation – Partner with  local citiy officials and your county’s board of supervisors to raise awareness. Download PACT’s Customizable Template to get started.
  • Engage Local Artists – Attend this year’s  Human Trafficking Prevention Month Virtual Art Gallery featuring the skill and concepts of artists with lived experience; highlighting diverse expressions of resilience. Website featuring artists to come.

For more ideas and resources, download OTIP’s Human Trafficking Prevention Month Toolkit.

2.    Send an Email or Video Message

Announce National Human Trafficking Prevention Month with an email to your staff and partners, or share a recorded video message. Consider sharing on January 11, designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Download PACT’S Email Template to customize and share.

3.    Post on Social Media

Get Inspired! Download PACT’s  “Social Media Post Content.” Use our posts or develop your own; sharing out local resources and reliable data.

4.    Host or Attend a Training

Consider hosting a training in your community. View the PACT Training Directory to consider speakers or topics of interest. You may also submit a speaker request to invite a member of the PACT Consultant Network or Survivor Advisory Board to participate in your local event. Both groups offer customized training and consulting through a survivor informed approach.

Submit Online Requests Here: PACT Consultant Online Request | Survivor Advisory Board Online Request

5.    Screen a Film

Inspire deeper learning by screening a film, followed by a panel of key experts or facilitated discussion. Be prepared by viewing films in advance. Anticipate questions and share potential action steps.

A few options:

California’s Forgotten Children | Sex and Money | Sex Trafficking in America | I Am Jane Doe | Boys | I Am All Girls | Lost Girls | Natascha Kampush: The Whole Story | Stopping Traffic | Dark Side of Chocolate | In Plain Sight Black Gold | Ghost Fleet

National Resources

National Human Trafficking Hotline

24-Hour Hotline & Tip Line: (888) 373-7888 | BeFree Textline Text “BeFree” (233733)

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls, texts, and live chats from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in more than 200 languages.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-843-5678 | https://report.cybertip.org/

NCMEC is the nation’s largest and most influential child protection organization, leading the fight to protect children and creating resources for them and the people who keep them safe.

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