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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Help make a difference on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day - take action to support survivors, donate to anti-trafficking organizations, and spread awareness.
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January 11 marks the annual observance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, a day to recognize and celebrate victims who have been able to escape human trafficking. This important day was established in 2007 by Congress as an effort to raise awareness about this global issue and encourage people to take action against it. It is estimated that over 40 million people are currently being trafficked around the world, so let's work together make sure everyone has access to safety and freedom from exploitation.

History of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>TVPA Passes in U.S.</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. Congress passes the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), significant legislation which acknowledges and addresses human trafficking.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>United Nations Protocol</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, officially goes into effect under the United Nations framework.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Human Trafficking Hotline</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Human Trafficking Hotline is created in the U.S. to provide emergency help and services to victims.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Awareness Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Barack Obama proclaims January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and January 11 is named National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Blue Campaign Establishment</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Department of Homeland Security launches the Blue Campaign, an initiative to combat human trafficking through education and outreach.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expanded Global Efforts</div><div class='timeline-text'>Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, global efforts to combat human trafficking are highlighted with increased digital surveillance and victim support systems.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to learn about human trafficking, its causes, and its effects. Read books, watch documentaries, and research online to get a better understanding of the issue.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donating to organizations that fight human trafficking is a great way to make a difference. Consider giving money, time or volunteer your services.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Raise awareness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share information about human trafficking in your community and on social media. Host an event or join an existing movement to raise awareness of the issue.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Advocate for change</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Write letters to your representatives to let them know you care about human trafficking and would like them to take action. Start petitions on or even start your own organization!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Support survivors</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>One of the most impactful ways you can support National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is by supporting survivors of human trafficking and those who work with survivors. Make sure they have access to medical care, legal aid, and other vital resources.</p></div></div>

Why National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness of the issue</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Human Trafficking Awareness Day serves as a reminder that human trafficking is still an ongoing problem. By spreading knowledge about this crime, it encourages conversations about what we can do to prevent it and help those who may be victims of it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps bring justice to those affected</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By creating awareness around human trafficking, it helps create an environment in which survivors can come forward and seek help without fear or shame. This increased visibility also pressure governments and institutions to take action against perpetrators, providing more opportunities for victims to receive justice.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It inspires people to get involved</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When more people become aware of the prevalence of human trafficking in our world today, it naturally leads them to want to make a difference. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day not only encourages us to learn about this issue but also gives us the opportunity to take part in initiatives aimed at preventing it from happening in the first place.</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Human Trafficking Facts

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day FAQs

When is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day?

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is celebrated on January 11th every year. In 2024 National Human Trafficking Awareness Day will occur on a Thursday.

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