Shut Out Trafficking
In 2014, my team with UNICEF USA’s End Trafficking project and the National Consortium for Academics and Sport (NCAS) partnered to create Shut Out Trafficking, targeting 10 college and university campuses annually across the United States. The program engages prominent student-athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, survivors and students to speak out and educate peers during a one-week program at each university. Our goal is to empower campus communities to speak out and take action against human trafficking.
As of January 2017, Shut Out Trafficking has reached over 47,000 people through 102 events at 24 Universities. The program has garnered over 33.8 million impressions on Twitter with the hashtag #ShutOutHT and has been supported by hundreds volunteers and dozens of participating organizations.
GIFT Box is an interactive, walk-in piece of public art that was launched by UN GIFT and Stop the Traffik during the 2012 Olympics in London to raise awareness about human trafficking. In the fall of 2013, I worked as a member of the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons (CSTIP) to bring the GIFT Box to the USA for the first time.
Since 2013, I have worked as a representative for GIFT Box in the United States to help train coordinators to recruit, train, and manage volunteers to expand GIFT box efforts throughout the country. I have directly supported volunteers in several installations in New York City, reaching nearly 3,000 people in total.
In order to engage constituents in a platform that is becoming increasingly popular, we launched a new End Trafficking podcast on iTunes in 2015 that covers a range of subjects including demand, Fair Trade, Women’s Rights, and the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The podcast was featured on iTunes “News and Noteworthy” section.