Delaware County Against Human Trafficking Coalition

JANUARY IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH 

During the month of January, advocates, organizations, and individuals unite to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking. Human trafficking largely remains hidden. Putting an end to human trafficking starts with acknowledging its existence. 
 
Learn the facts about human trafficking by using the resources below so you can help shed light on the issue. 
 

What is human trafficking?

According to the Department of Homeland Security, human trafficking is “modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.” Human trafficking is not the same as human smuggling, which involves illegal transportation of a person across a border.
 
Victims of human trafficking are of all genders, ages, races, countries, socioeconomic statuses, and so on. While human trafficking can happen to anyone, people who are already in vulnerable situations – such as people experiencing homelessness – may be more likely to be targeted. 
 

Awareness Month Calls to Action

You can also spread the word by participating on #WearBlueDay Thursday, January 11. Simply take a picture of yourself, your friends, your colleagues, or your family wearing blue and post it online using the hashtags #WearBlueDay and #WhatsYourBlue. Don’t forget to include a statement about why you are participating.
 
If you want to ask the experts about how organizations and industries are working to end human trafficking, check out the Facebook Live panel discussion on January 17
 
“No one is free when others are oppressed.” As our society becomes much more aware of many oppressive social structures and crimes, we must start to acknowledge and address human trafficking as well. 
 

10th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day
February 28, 8:30 a.m. @ The Ohio Statehouse Atrium, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH
Representative Teresa Fedor is hosting the 10th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day. For more information, contact rep45@ohiohouse.gov.  

Do your part this January:
  • hang up a poster (email Coalition Coordinator, Brande Urban burban@uwaydelaware.org)
  • follow us on Facebook and share posts,
  • and attend an upcoming training on human trafficking (see below).

 

We are a coordinated Delaware County community response to end human trafficking through

ADVOCACY,

EDUCATION,

PREVENTION

and ON-GOING COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES.

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  • Opportunities to Get Trained Human trafficking is an issue that touches every community, including cities, suburbs, and rural towns, but there is something each of us can do to help prevent it.  Check out our upcoming trainings. 

Delaware County Against Human Trafficking

National Human Trafficking Resource Center Info


 * 24-hour human trafficking hotline to report a tip or get help

Call: 1-888-373-7888    |    Text: HELP to BeFree (233733)

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

1-888-373-7888  | nhtrc@polarisproject.org  |  www.traffickingresourcecenter.org

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages. The NHTRC is operated by Polaris, a non-profit, non-governmental organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking. They are not a government entity, law enforcement or an immigration authority.

The National and Ohio numbers can put you in touch to:

  • Report a tip;
  • Connect with anti-trafficking services in your area
  • Request general information or specific anti-trafficking resources.
  • Local trainings.

Llama la línea gratuita y confidencial 1-888-373-7888:

  • Denunciar casos de trata;
  • Conectarse con servicios en su localidad;
  • Pedir información o recursos en español sobre la trata de personas y la esclavitud moderna.

Text BeFree

Text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)

In March 2013, Polaris launched a texting shortcode to help victims of human trafficking find safety. When victims text to BeFree (233733) they reach one of our call specialists, who assist them in planning their escape and/or connecting them to services in the area.

 

DCAHT Founding Partners

Delaware City Police Department
Delaware City Prosecutor’s Office
Delaware County Job & Family Services
Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office
Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
Delaware County Victim Services
Forensic Healthcare Consulting
Greif, Inc.
HelpLine of Delaware & Morrow Counties, Inc.
Salvation Army of Central Ohio
Turning Point
United Way of Delaware County