“If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.“
~ Abraham Lincoln
Few people in the developed nations have a grasp of the magnitude and scope of human trafficking. Fewer still take action.
We are an all volunteer grass-roots organization of regular folks like yourself. Most of us initially knew little about this subject, or else believed that incidents were few and far away. But when we learned the truth, we knew we had to try to do something about it. We used Meetup.com to come together seeking a course of action. Though diverse in our backgrounds, outlooks, and ages… we have become united in our outrage.
We wish to draw attention to human trafficking’s root causes:
- A culture that accepts women as objects that can be bought and sold
- The system driving the ready market for cheap labor and goods
- Cyclical poverty that creates a pool of ready victims
The late, great Solomon Burke. Few have ever said it better…
Founded in December, 2008, we are still a fledgling group. This is a very exciting time to become involved as we are actively seeking new ideas and approaches as we continue to learn. Your participation will be highly valued. Additionally we are encouraged that the political climate has become somewhat more receptive, both locally and on the international stage, to addressing this debasing crime.
We are a broadly engaged group learning about all aspects of human trafficking. Most groups have a more restricted focus. Some for instance are singularly directed against child trafficking. Many concentrate on sex trafficking only, and some primarily on labor abuses. The focus of other groups may be directed according to geography or ethnicity. There are groups that are faith based, those that have a political agenda, and those that are simply humanitarian in outlook. Some groups concentrate on prevention through education and outreach. Some provide protection and resources for survivors who have been victimized. Prosecutions are the domain not only of governments, but also of advocate groups who press for new laws and work toward seeing them effectively implemented and funded.
Fight Slavery Now! believes that all of these approaches have merit and that all are necessary. We think that it is also important for some groups to be an umbrella for all of these issues which are part and parcel of the the same problem viewed through different lenses. With that goal in mind, it is especially important for us to reach out to others, both to offer support and to seek information based on their areas of expertise. When we attend events hosted by other groups, we strive to make personal contacts with their volunteers, to study their literature, listen to their message, and look for opportunities to collaborate.
Human trafficking is a global criminal enterprise. Secretary of State Clinton has called for adding ‘Partnerships’ to the recipe of ‘Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution’ in confronting this crime. We will continue to pursue partnerships as a matter of policy as well as encouraging our members to reach out on an individual basis. We hope to forge alliances with the many social justice groups tackling issues of labor abuse, violence against women, and all forms of illegal exploitation.
In this fashion we can help build a movement that is stronger than its separate parts. Working in concert, with your help, we believe we can end slavery in our time.
This group is about its members. Please share your thoughts and truly make this “About Us”.
If you wish to know more about individual members, you may see the profiles on our MEMBERS page.
Let’s Fight Slavery Now!