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Combating Human Trafficking

Learn about the issues and take action.
Published: May 2020

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It is the illegal trade of people for the purposes of commercial gain – through sexual exploitation and forced labor. Learn more about this issue and find ways to join the fight to end human trafficking through these resources and organizations:

Stop Human Trafficking
To report suspected human trafficking call 1-866-347-2423 or submit a tip online at
To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline:
1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign:
The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. The campaign works in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations to combat human trafficking.

Human Trafficking in America’s Schools
The guide helps school officials understand how human trafficking impacts schools, recognize the indicators of possible child trafficking, as well as develop policies, protocols, and partnerships to address and prevent the exploitation of children.

20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking
Here are a few ideas that you can implement to assist with bringing an end to human trafficking.

Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 2020 report provides a global overview of the patterns and flows of trafficking in persons, and the status of country-level legislation and the criminal justice response to the trafficking crime.  The report examines the impact of socio-economic factors on victims’ experiences and the risks of the covid-19 recession, and contains in-depth analyses by region. 

ATEST - The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking
The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) is a U.S. based coalition of organizations that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking and modern slavery around the world.

Human Rights Educators USA
Human Rights Educators USA is a network dedicated to building a culture of human rights. The site provides lesson plans, films, books, and additional resources on combating human trafficking.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Since 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has served as the national resource center for families, victims, private organizations, law enforcement and the public on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children.

Child Labor Coalition
The National Education Association is a member of this national coalition that is aimed at ending exploitative child labor – including human trafficking and slavery– in the United States and around the world.

Kailash Satyarthi Foundation 
This foundation, established by Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Kailash Satyarthi of India, is focused on ending child slavery.

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