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In honor of Election Day, I am going to share a quick post with you. I am the Communications Director for an anti-human trafficking organization called Traffick Free in Chicago. We are 100% volunteer run and are planning to get a safe house up and running in the next couple of years. If you aren’t familiar with human trafficking or that it happens in the USA in large cities and small towns, please visit Traffick Free‘s website for more information. I’m sure I’ll post again on this topic with more detail in the future, but this applies to today:
My friend and Executive Director of TF, Laura, and I wrote a blog post in honor of this day. Not only to get out and vote, but why and how each person in our country can take part in ending modern day slavery. You can read it on the Traffick Free website, but if you are like me and don’t like to click to a bunch of websites, you’re welcome. I’ve pasted it below.
People are always eager to know what it is they can do to fight human trafficking. We are blessed to know so many modern-day abolitionists that are willing to give of their time to coordinate 5k’s in the city and the suburbs that have reached thousands in the Chicagoland area this year alone; abolitionists that write curriculum to educate our youth in hopes of preventing human trafficking from happening in the first place; abolitionists that are willing to take on full-time volunteer positions to do everything they can to make a difference.
Those with less time to be able to dedicate to this cause are careful to buy fair trade and direct buy as often as possible, host movie screenings for their friends, and keep up with our social media posts and repost news and victories in the movement to spread the word to their friends.
Today, we all have an opportunity to do something tangible in the cause we fight for: GO OUT AND VOTE. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act is still awaiting reauthorization. The Illinois Safe Children Act was passed with just one round of review through our state’s House and Senate. Know how your representatives voted. Know which bills your representatives are putting their names behind. Know how your elected individuals in the judicial system would rule in human trafficking cases. Know how the programs that are desperately needed are funded. Take your passion for this issue and speak out with your vote.
Now, more than ever, people are being made aware of human trafficking. Not merely internationally, but right here at home in the United States of America. Not merely nationally, but right here in your city. The impact of broken homes, violence, abuse, fear, coercion and intimidation has spread like a virus among us in our neighborhoods. Only a small percentage is trained to deal with each incident directly. But EVERY citizen has power in a pen to deal with the issue as a whole from the top down in government legislation to protect victims and prosecute perpetrators.
No longer are you allowed an excuse that there is nothing you can do to make a change. Men and women before us have worked hard to ensure our right to vote and we can now exercise that right by using it to effect legislative, judicial and executive positions. Give your pen a voice and vote.
by: Laura Ng, Exective Director & Sarah Amidon, Communications Director
*Traffick Free is not affiliated with any political party.
Be a patriot. What cause are you or can you be an advocate for? Get out and vote. And more importantly, pray for our leaders regardless of who wins.
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior…” 1 Timothy 2:1-3