6 Month Review

June 2020: During the months of January to June, we've seen...

95 victims identified.

51 new survivors in our care.

1,339 frontline professionals trained.

2,136 hotline calls linked to trafficking.

 
We are so encouraged by these numbers, but we want you to meet one of the faces behind them. Meet Leslie*. Her life was changed because of your support.


Leslie's Story:

Leslie's Story

  

Leslie was looking for love and a stable life for her children. As a mother of two, Leslie worked extremely hard balancing two jobs and she loved her children more than anything. One day, she met a handsome man who made her feel loved and eventually promised her a better life and a steady job so she could save to support her family. Leslie wanted to give her children the best chance at life possible–so she decided to move and temporarily leave her kids with their father.

When she got there, they were living in hotels and one day, Leslie's boyfriend asked her if she would sleep with someone to pay for next week's rent.

She wasn't comfortable but didn't want to compromise her relationship or her family's future.

After doing this a few times, her boyfriend started bringing other women around to do the same thing. She felt hurt, betrayed, and devastated–so she decided to leave.

After several attempts to leave and years of physical and sexual abouse, Leslie was finally uncovered by law enforcement and assisted to safety from her trafficker.

This is when Leslie's journey to restoration began.

She started working with A21, receiving trauma counseling and psychological services, and was eventually reunited with her children. It's the support of people like you that empowers survivors like Leslie to hope in freedom, wholeness, and a promising future.


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The Simple Gifts that Make the Biggest Difference

April 2020: Amazon wish list providing Gift Baskets for survivors
 
Amazon Wish List

 

Last year, through Amazon Wish List, our aftercare team provided Easter baskets for our survivors and their children because of the generosity of supporters like you. This year, we want to provide you an amazing opportunity again. With the current pandemic, our team is inviting you to provide COVID-19 Care Packages for our survivors and their families.

When you purchase an item from the A21 Amazon Wish List, the items are sent directly to our U.S. aftercare team in Charlotte, North Carolina where they will personally deliver the items to survivors.

It's your support that reminds our survivors that people care about them, that there is hope in the midst of a crisis, and that they are stronger than any challenge they are currently facing.

Want to send a gift?

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What will you do with the freedom you have? Young survivor photo

 


What will you do with the freedom you have?

MARCH 2020: FREEDOM STARTS WITH YOU


As an abolitionist, you are what makes our work possible. For over 12 years now, we’ve seen the power that can lie in the actions of everyday people who dare to believe that slavery can be abolished. Our story has always been about the story of one–and how the one became many.

We’ve only just scratched the surface of the impact we, as a global community of abolitionists, can have when we all come together.

There are still millions affected by this global crisis–but when you give today, your action has the power to change the lives of human trafficking victims like Emilia, June, Dalila, and Paul, all around the world.

 
Learn more about their stories & join us in the fight against modern-day slavery


 

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Parent Guides

March 2020: EQUIPPING PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Parent Guides

A21 has released Parent Guides for Kids and Teens. These guides are designed to help parents of young children and teenagers start conversations about human trafficking—what it is, how to identify it, and how to prevent it. These guides will also give parents conversation starters, topics, and tips and equip them with protective action steps to safeguard their child.

To Download the Parent Guides for Kids and Teens:

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My Freedom Day
 
March 2020: Students Leading the Charge in Raising Awareness About Modern-day Slavery

A21 is partnering with the CNN Freedom Project for #MyFreedomDay on March 11, 2020. #MyFreedomDay is a campaign that encourages students to raise awareness for modern day slavery.

This day challenges us all to take a step back and recognize the freedoms we often take for granted--the freedoms that those trafficked don’t have--and to ask ourselves, “What does Freedom mean to you?

Because of the students that have joined this cry, people from all over the globe have begun participating in #MyFreedomDay. Athletes, musicians, actors and actresses, and political figures have all joined this movement to fight human trafficking and celebrate freedom.
 
A21 will be organizing events with students and sharing our answers to the question, “What does Freedom mean to you?” on social media.


Will you join us?


Option One: Host an awareness event
Be sure to check out the A21’s education resources for materials to use in your school or community.

Option Two: Raise your voice on social media
• Print this sign (or create your own!)
• Answer the question: “What does Freedom mean to you?
• Share your video and use #MyFreedomDay and @A21.
 

Grab your A21 Educational Resources



 

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The Power of Prevention

January 2020: Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Oleg* is a teenager from Ukraine. He was like many other kids his age–recently graduated and ready to explore the world in front of him. When he and 6 of his friends were offered jobs abroad, they accepted with the hope of pursuing a promising opportunity. Once they arrived, their new employer told them to hand over their passports and documentation.

But Oleg* and his friends remembered what an A21 presenter had taught them–to never give their passports away. Immediately, Oleg* became suspicious of his employer and he and his friends got away. They later found out it was a dangerous situation they had avoided. 

This is the power of prevention. This is the result of what happens when one person decides to equip their community with knowledge and resources on human trafficking.

You're Invited to make your community aware & give a gift in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

  
Give Now + Join the Fight

 


It's A Penalty

FEBRUARY 2020: Human trafficking Awarness at the SUPERBOWL
It's A Penalty Posters in Hands: Raising Human Trafficking Awareness at the Superbowl

   

A21 is the founding partner of It’s A Penalty, a campaign that harnesses the power of sports to protect vulnerable children from exploitation and abuse around the world.

At the official kick-off event in Miami, our team trained local professionals in the hotel and restaurant industry, on how to spot and report suspected cases of human trafficking.

This half-day summit included a panel with leading experts to join forces in the fight against human trafficking ahead of Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

Then, our team trained 500 volunteers in Miami on January 25 who went to over 400 hotels to distribute campaign materials that include the signs of human trafficking, chapstick and other items with hotline numbers, and the NCMEC missing children’s list.

A21 will also be at the SuperBowl breakfast where every attendee will be made aware of human trafficking. Several athletes including Usain Bolt, David Luiz, Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton, Liam Malone, Ryan Tennehill, Nick Foles, and many others are using their voices to speak up and help prevent the exploitation of children.

Will you join them by lending your voice? 
 
01.
Download the Super Bowl Kit
02. Share the Graphics on Social Media and use #ItsAPenalty and @A21
03. Show the It’s A Penalty video at your Super Bowl party

Download the Superbowl Media Kit →

 

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