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Sunday, January 10, 2016

20 Things You Can Do For Human Trafficking Awareness & Prevention

20 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

1. Refuse to be part of the problem by being apathetic and doing nothing. Be pro-active.
2. Contact your organization, club, and church leaders to facilitate an event to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking.
3. Invite a Beauty From Ashes™ over-comer to share their personal story of triumph
4. Schedule a Beauty From Ashes™ training on how to effectively do outreach and provide survivor-centered services to victims.
5. Read the 2015 Trafficking In Persons Report, so you can be educated and informed.
6. Memorize ONE Phone Number – 888-3737-888.
This is the national trafficking hotline number. If you suspect slavery or exploitation, call this number. To find out more about what to look for, visit www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking.
7. Follow us and challenge your friends to do so as well. Repost and share the information we post:  

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8. Start following human trafficking news on twitter. Retweet relevant news stories by adding a tag #.
9. Find out if your area has a local human trafficking task force or coalition and get involved. If your area doesn’t have one, contact your Sheriff’s department and coordinate the establishment of one.
10. Contact your local newspaper to see if they are running a story on human trafficking for the month; if not, encourage them to do so and tell them about Beauty From Ashes™.
11. Find out about local slavery abolitionist groups in your area and volunteer your time.
12. Do what you love.
Use your talents to fight slavery. Do an art project and display it in a public place. Use a sports event to raise awareness and funds for the issue. Talk about the issue at a concert, or make it a benefit for survivors. Film a movie on the state of modern-day slavery. Write about the issue and post it on your blog. Take a picture and send what you're doing to Beauty From Ashes™ Founder, JulietheArtist.
13. Take up a collection in your office, care group, Sunday school, or church service. Donate to bring hope through Beauty From Ashes™.
14. Sponsor a fundraiser for Beauty From Ashes™, ideas include: bake sale, car wash, marathon, bikeathon, swimathon, danceathon, walkathon, or garage sale.
15. Ask if your employer has a donor-match program for charity donations. Tell them about Beauty From Ashes™.
16. Businesses, please consider donating a percentage of your profits to Beauty From Ashes™.
17. Sponsor a survivor's basic care needs in a residential facility ($600/month).
18. Sponsor a BFA outreach to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and human trafficking. ($50-100/month)
19. Sponsor one of our therapy horse's food and care monthly ($100 @ month).
20. Pray. 
For those with a faith perspective, spend some time praying for people directly impacted by slavery as well as those working to fight it.

"The biggest hurdle for those of us who work in the anti-trafficking field is the simple lack of awareness of trafficking as a social issue, as a crime (by understanding the criminal elements, or definition), and understanding there is a pretty strong anti-trafficking response if you just know where to look.

Remember, if one of the toughest hurdles we have as abolitionists is the lack of knowledge about trafficking, one of the most important things to do is inform others." -John Vanek

BEAUTY FROM ASHES™ was founded by an over-comer of commercial sexual exploitation & human trafficking. We have been doing outreaches and providing assistance to survivors since 2005.

BEAUTY FROM ASHES™ MISSION:
Our mission is to prevent, reach, and restore victims of abuse, exploitation, and trafficking.  We specialize in providing Equine, Art, and Creative Interventions as effective tools in healing and restoration. 

God is passionate about the fatherless, orphans, afflicted & the homeless.

"Vindicate the weak and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked." 
Psalm 82:3-4 NASB

All donations are tax deductible. Write check to Beauty From Ashes and mail to 32789 Eiland Blvd., #24, Zephyrhills, FL or give securely online HERE

Thank you for joining us and becoming a slavery abolitionist in 2016.

Passionate about seeing victims & survivors become over-comers,

Steve Shematz, President
Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries
Florida's oldest, human trafficking overcomer-led, community service agency.

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