Monthly Archives: January 2017

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month


According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence:

“Teen dating violence (TDV) is defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners, occurring in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual and digital. TDV occurs across diverse groups and cultures.

Although the dynamics of TDV are similar to adult domestic violence, the forms and experience of TDV, as well as the challenges in seeking and providing services, make the problem of TDV unique.”

Loveisrespect is an organization whose focus is to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it.

Throughout Respect Week, they will challenge us to get involved and help spread the word about teen dating violence. The Respect Week Guide 2017, gives more information about what you can do within your organization, school, or community.

One way you can participate is as easy as wearing ORANGE on February 14:


Visit their website for more information.




Healing Through the Arts


This event is open to the public and we invite you to attend.

If you would like to contribute art, writings, or a performance, please contact Monica Gonzalez for the application.

Faces of Human Trafficking


The Office for Victims of Crime presents a 9-part video series to raise awareness of human trafficking called Faces of Human Trafficking.

“The series is intended to be used for outreach and education efforts of service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others in the community. The series includes information about sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches to serving victims of human trafficking, effective victim services, victims’ legal needs, and voices of survivors.

Accompanying the video series is a discussion guide, four OVC Fact Sheets, and four posters that can be used to augment trainings and generate discussion. Download the complete Discussion Guide or the sections associated with each video below.”

Below is a preview video for the series:


For the full list of videos, please visit the OVC link

information courtesy of the Office for Victims of Crime


Dress For Success


Stolen People


Founded by Camara Hall, Stolen People/ MAATHsters (Musicians & Artists Against Trafficking Humans) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, built on partnering with musicians, artists, non-governmental and governmental agencies.

The plan is to work globally on spreading awareness of human trafficking, providing resources and training on understanding human trafficking and preventative measures for communities, families, schools, and most of all our youth.

The website features information on Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault, Human Rights, Missing Children, and a calendar of upcoming events.

Their Vision

“Stolen People prevents the spread of modern-day slavery by helping establish awareness training, to young adults, communities, and professional to ensure community awareness and safety; as well as training and mentoring young adults on the tactics trafficker are using via social media, entertainment, and on the streets, to lure innocent victims.  We aim to promote the infrastructure needed to empower our youth and families with the tools to learn, see, and become the change for social justice against modern day slavery and human rights of all mankind.”

Please visit the website for more information on Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault, Human Rights, and Missing Children.

If you would like to become more involved, there is also a calendar of events and trainings.

information courtesy of

Human Trafficking Red Flags


Recognizing the signs:

The following is a list of potential red flags and indicators of human trafficking to help you recognize the signs. If you see any of these red flags, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 for specialized victim services referrals or to report the situation.

Common Work and Living Conditions:

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
  • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
  • Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
  • High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)

Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior:

  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
  • Avoids eye contact

Poor Physical Health:

  • Lacks medical care and/or is denied medical services by employer
  • Appears malnourished or shows signs of repeated exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture

Lack of Control:

  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
  • Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)


  • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or of what city he/she is in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story

Note: According to federal law, any minor under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking, regardless of the presence of force, fraud, or coercion.

If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.

information courtesy of the National Human Trafficking Hotline


National Human Trafficking Awareness Day


National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed annually on January 11.

Beginning in 2010, by Presidential Proclamation, each January has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

But what IS Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will.

Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues within the sex industry, including residential brothels,  escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution.

Labor trafficking has been found in diverse labor settings including, domestic work, small businesses, large farms, and factories.

If you see any of these red flags, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 for specialized victim services referrals or to report the situation.


If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.


January is Stalking Awareness Month



While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.

Stalking stats:

  • 7.5 million people are stalking in one year in the United States.
  • Approaching the victim or showing up in places when the victim didn’t want them to be there; making unwanted telephone calls; leaving the victim unwanted messages (text or voice); and watching or following the victim from a distance, or spying on the victim with a listening device, camera, or global positioning system were the most commonly reported stalker tactics by both female and male victims of stalking.
  • Weapons are used to harm or threaten victims in 1 out of 5 cases.

So what can you do to help??

National Stalking Awareness Month or NSAM would like you to participate in the 31 Days of Social Media Messaging. They invite you to raise awareness about stalking by Tweeting or posting statistics daily with the hashtag, #NSAM or #NSAM2017.

A few examples of the posts:

  • January 3, 2017 – How much do you know about stalking? Take a quiz here:
  • January 5, 2017 – What would you say to a friend who told you they were being stalked? Learn more about stalking at
  • January 14, 2017 – Intimate partner stalking is the most common type of stalking and the most dangerous. Visit for more info.

For the full list of activities click here…


information courtesy of the Stalking Resource Center and