Every victimized and vulnerable person deserves to be surrounded by an alert community, trained professionals, strong laws and policies, and shelter and service options. We strive to inspire a nation of informed activists to combat societal norms, misconceptions, and ignorance through the following trafficking awareness initiatives:
Youth Sex Trafficking Prevention Film Series
This film series is designed to teach teens the warning signs and indicators of trafficking through the true stories of teenage girls who were tricked by traffickers. Brianna, Lacy and Maria discuss how modern American pimps and gangs are luring youth into the commercial sex industry and how teens can protect themselves and others from being chosen. The resource packages include additional educational tools to further discussion, learning and action! Discounts available for purchases of two or more packages.
The Pathbreaker Award is a prestigious award to honor individuals who made an outstanding contribution to the movement against commercial sexual exploitation. In 2000, the U.S. Department of State enlisted Shared Hope to hold Pathbreaking Strategies conferences in six countries to energize the national conversation about the issue of trafficking and share innovative approaches to combat the problem. During this process, we created the Pathbreaker Award to recognize the pioneering efforts of individuals throughout the world. These leaders broke the trend of inaction and initiated proactive responses to prevent sex trafficking. Previous recipients include Sgt. John Chapman of the Vancouver Police Department (2010); Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna (2011), Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (2011), Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (2011), Ernie Allen (2012), Amy O’Neill Richard (2012), Drew Oosterbaan (2012), Deborah Richardson (2012), Congressman Judge Ted Poe (2013), Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Cordes (2013) and Vednita Carter (2013).
Kids Are Not For Sale Campaign
Kids Are Not For Sale campaigns engage community members with interactive trafficking awareness events. By coordinating the passion and network of grassroots activists with the power and authority of policy and opinion leaders, the Kids Are Not For Sale campaign transforms an uninformed, unresponsive community into an alert community prepared to identify and serve victims. This campaign has strengthened the network of protection in Oregon, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. through training, campus and community events including movie screenings, panel discussions, marches, rallies, press conferences, fundraisers, public advertising and coalition building.
The Defenders “Take The Pledge” Campaign
The Defenders’ “Take the Pledge” Campaign, launched on Father’s Day 2006, is a national men’s awareness and action campaign. The campaign aims to mobilize an army of 100,000 Defenders to protect and defend exploited women and children. Defenders are men of all ages who take a pledge and take action to fight against the commercial sex industry.
Thousands of men across the nation have already banded together to help prevent and stop prostitution, pornography, and exploitation in all its forms. Join the ranks of committed men on purpose. Become a Defender today.
Learn more about the Defenders campaign.