Human Trafficking Virtual Training Initiative
In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the Spark Change Ambassadors of the GLOW Together Foundation teamed up with End Slavery Tennessee.
In partnership with End Slavery Tennessee, our Ambassadors hosted a virtual training focused on equipping participants to identify the signs of trafficking and gain access to the necessary resources to get the appropriate help for victims they may encounter.
While End Slavery Tennessee directly serves the state of TN, this training was designed for everyone across the nation, as this is a global issue that needs and deserves all of our attention and support.
"This could be the generation that says ENOUGH!"
Training - Aftercare - Advocacy - Prevention
End Slavery Tennessee introduced us to their approach to taking on this issue directly through "specialized case management and comprehensive aftercare for human trafficking survivors and tactically addresses the problem through..."
TRAINING - As experts in the field they train over 12,000 professionals and community members each year. Equipping first responders to identify victims of human trafficking and have a broader sphere of influence in their field.
AFTERCARE - They provide all survivors of any kind of human trafficking long term, comprehensive, specialized, trauma-informed aftercare through both in-house services and other community service providers.
ADVOCACY - They work successfully on the local, state and national level to create effective collaboration and communication; accomplishing systemic change and influencing policy and laws.
PREVENTION - They facilitate specialized groups to keep vulnerable youth safer, address the demand through interactive curriculum and equip the general population through innovative strategies and resources to prevent exploitation.
To learn more about the different types of human trafficking, red flags and the dos and don's, please visit endslaverytn.org/humantrafficking
Our phenomenal trainer, Leah Moyer, led us through the importance of knowing the signs of human trafficking and the right steps to take to ensure everyone involved remains safe.
It was shocking to learn just how prevalent human trafficking has become throughout the world, but especially in each our backyards. She also stressed just how dangerous misinformation can can be, and the devastating repercussions of believing the most common myths about human trafficking. For example, often times we assume that human trafficking is conducted by strangers, when in reality it is often a family member or someone close to the victim. This is such a small piece of all the incredible information Leah provided, and we highly encourage you to watch the recording of the virtual training by clicking here. (Due to the nature of the topic discussed, we highly encourage viewer discretion, and if under the age of 18 please see the section below for more age appropriate information.)
Resources for Teens
After hosting our virtual training, we were blown away to learn how many young adults were interested in becoming informed on the issue. Luckily, End Slavery Tennessee has age appropriate resources and materials on the topic that provided a framework for discussing...
what is human trafficking
safe online behavior
displays of affections
signs of abuse or exploitation
These material have been developed by End Slavery Tennessee and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for grades 6-8 and 9-12. To learn more about how to enroll in these online courses, please visit www.endslaverytn.org/training.
Human Trafficking is an issue all of the Spark Change Ambassadors are passionate about fighting against, and having the opportunity to learn more about how we can best help those in need made such an impact on each of us and all those who participated. We were so excited to have been able to lock arms with End Slavery Tennessee to learn how they make an impact against human trafficking every day! It was so inspiring to have over 50 people join us live during the training, and many more have since watched the recording, which you can access here. This is initiative can seem overwhelming to so many of us, but the reality is no can do everything, but everyone can do something!
"If you see something, do something!"
National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-6488, SMS: 233733 (Text "HELP" or "INFO")
If you are interested in joining this incredible team and becoming a Spark Change Ambassadors, please click here to learn more and to complete your application. If you have any questions or would like to discuss if the Spark Change Ambassador Program is right for you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.