Real Life Lost Boys? Chab Dai, Kavi, Lion

 Red + Blue = Purple! Chab Dai, Kavi, Lion on Freedom Fortnight's "Freedom Friday."

Red + Blue = Purple! Chab Dai, Kavi, Lion on Freedom Fortnight's "Freedom Friday."

F14Chab Dai, welcome and thanks for joining us for this Freedom Fortnight!

For those who haven't heard of you before, can you give us your "about us" in a sentence or two?

CD: Absolutely, it is our belief that no one organization can address this complex issue on their own. In order to address a global networked problem, we need a global networked solution. Chab Dai is committed to working together with diverse stakeholders to abolish all forms of abuse and exploitation. Founded in Cambodia in 2005, Chab Dai means “joining hands” in Khmer. We now work with multiple coalitions and partners in over 30 countries.

F14: Can you tell us a little of your motivation for the work you do and the way you do it?

CD: We are inspired by our Christian faith in that all people are created in the image of God and have the right to freedom and hope. We are commitment to excellence as we work strategically and collaboratively to:

  • Facilitate connectivity
  • Generate & share knowledge
  • Advocate for transformed societies and empowered communities
  • Support, strengthen and promote hope for the future

F14: Freedom and hope. Freedom and hope. Maybe even a new hope... Thanks for sharing about you. Now on to what you've been up to...

PROGRESS TO CELEBRATE

F14Do you have something specific that you have made progress on in the past year (however large or small!) that you would like to highlight to people who care about anti-trafficking, so we can celebrate together?

CD: Chab Dai has worked with over 200 individual cases last year providing support to clients and their families as well as bringing cases to justice. Our prevention teams have trained more than two thousand community members and influential leaders on keeping their community safe from exploitation. These community member with support from us have reached more than 10,000 families throughout Cambodia and distributed over 60,000 “Help Cards” which Chab Dai’s 24 hour hotline number and local police numbers printed on it. Leading to a response of reporting trafficking cases in their own communities. Our Coalition team has provided training and support to more than one thousand grassroots workers in Cambodia. Finally, over the past year we have just published our first research paper on boys who are survivors of trafficking.

F14: So... case-work and client support, training thousands of people, getting the word out to tens of thousands of people could be vulnerable to trafficking andresearch. Whew. That's a lot. And awesome. So much to celebrate!

Can you tell us some more about survivors who are boys. What's the backstory on that?

CD: In 2010 Chab Dai launched a ten-year research project to better understand re-integration for boys, girls, men and women who are survivors of trafficking for sexual purposes. Over a period of 10 years, this study aims to better understand the experiences of more than 100 survivors of abuse who have been re-integrated back into society after rehabilitation. The research team follows study participants starting from the time they are in the aftercare program and throughout their transition into a community setting.

F14A 10 year study. Wow! That's commitment, and you're about 7 years in. Why do a decade long study?

CD: The purpose is to “hear” from the survivors themselves, about their lives, understandings and experiences, so their voices can contribute towards a greater understanding of the complexities of re-integration. The research team releases 1-2 reports on findings each year. Our most recent reports elaborate on thematic findings around resilience, stigma, filial piety and gender.

“While a number of broad themes are notable among males during their time in aftercare, peer-to-peer violence stands out most notably. In particular, high levels of both physical and emotional violence from peers are strongly notable in a majority of cases with all but one male [] indicating at least some level of emotional and/or physical violence from their peers while in aftercare. Further, respondents seem to indicate a lack of trusting relationships, in general, within the aftercare facility.”

F14Okay, some of us are probably going to have to re-read that to fully digest it. Can you hold on a minute while we see if we can understand what all that means? (Basically starting from the "resilience, stigma, filial piety and gender" bit....)

CD: [Waiting patiently.]

F14: Okay, we're back. So, basically 1) There hasn't been much research on male survivors of trafficking, and 2) your recent research shows they not only a) experience trauma while trafficked, but also b) almost all of them suffer some kind of peer-to-peer abuse afterward. And that's while they're in aftercare facilities? Not even counting after that.

That's so, so sad. It's like we feel a double sadness cross referenced with a bit of confusion. It all seems really complicated...

Part of Freedom Fortnight is helping people find specific aspects of trafficking they can focus on and make a difference. Can you tell us why Chab Dai has chosen this one?

CD: Little research has been done and is available on male survivors. This makes this publication of great importance for us as we begin to see what issues boys and men face.

F14: Right on! So in an area / with a group of people who may be underserved or "under-understood" If someone wants to dig even deeper, can they access the research?

CD: The full paper and other Butterfly papers can be found at www.chabdai.org/publications

F14We're glad you are working on something that seems a little above our heads at the moment. Maybe we've been watching too many cat video's on the ol' YouTube for our own good.

For the less "reasearchly" inclined, we know of another organisation, Dalit Freedom Network, which has "an award-winning, Oscar-nominated short feature film" called Kavi, that shows the story of a boy growing up in India.

"Kavi gives an insight into the reality of life for millions of Dalit children in bonded labour in India today." (Watch the 2 min. trailer)

F14Kavi reminds us a bit of what is portrayed in the film Slumdog Millionaire.

Question: Is Slumdog a fairly accurate representation of some of the dynamics at play in the trafficking of boys?

CD: Is it accurate? In some senses yes. Keep in mind, in India child slavery for begging may be minor compared to familial bondage and debt slavery. India is it’s own world entirely so it is not possible to generalize the country of 1.2 billion. 

F14: What about Cambodia then?

CD: As far as Cambodia goes, many young boys are trafficked to Bangkok or Vietnam to be beggars. It’s sad, but the many pleading eyes of children that come up to you in the streets are often trafficked there.

One interesting, yet sad, piece gleaned from our research is the fact that people think young girls are vulnerable on the streets but boys aren’t because they are men. That cultural norm means most girls go out in groups and return home early to be safe. Boys are often left on their own begging or selling things at night leading to many cases of exploitation, whether it be sexual exploitation or general abuse. This is something we want to highlight this year as we try to shift the lens of trafficking from simply focusing on helpless young girls to the realities that all are equally vulnerable. Boys, Girls, Men and Women.

Here's an excerpt from that study which is entitled “On the Border”

"Children crossing the border for work into Thailand were found to have increased risk to various forms of violence, including arrest and detention.  Children working on either side of the border cite high rates of physical, sexual, and emotional violence often perpetrated by a range of actors including: police, peers, adults, strangers and gang members.  Sexual violence on the streets was cited by more than one-fourth of respondents and was nearly four times more prevalent among males in comparison to females.  Despite this, neither males nor females seemed to perceive sexual violence as a danger for males.  Drug use was also found to be a significant issue among street-involved boys in Poipet and were found to have a significant correlation with negative impacts on health, physical violence, sexual violence, and education. Drug use was also associated with higher experiences of physical violence."

F14: We couldn't agree more! All are vulnerable: Boys, Girls, Men and Women. Vulnerable and invaluable, we like to say.

CDAs you can see, the issues of trafficking are very complex. Another great film to watch would be the recent film Lion. It shows how even seeking adoption in a foreign country can be contributing to human trafficking.

And then there’s the LGBTQ community… it may be the most vulnerable of all. But that’s a whole other conversation.

F14Maybe for Freedom Fortnight 2018...?

Perhaps you could join us again next year? In the meantime,

HOW CAN SOMEONE HELP WITH WHAT YOU’RE WORKING ON NOW/NEXT?

F14: Do you have an initiative/or project you’re working on this year that people could get involved with/help with/support?

CD: This year Chab Dai in collaboration with STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia will be hosting a joint Anti-Trafficking Conference in November. We are very excited as this will be our first time hosting a regional conference to foster collaboration.

F14: Aha, we know a little about collaboration from our conversation with Freedom Collaborative during the first half of Freedom Fortnight. 

Why are you fostering it?

CD: Chab Dai & STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia coalitions believe that businesses, unions, government, academia and NGOs really need to work together, because only together can we end this crime and change the lives of so many powerless people. It’s a shared responsibility and it takes multi-sector collaboration.

(To learn more about the conference you can visit www.aratconference.com)

F14: Collaboration is so important and the conference sounds amazing. We'd love to be there!

Chab Dai, thanks for "joining hands" with us this Freedom Fortnight!

TAKE ACTION

What's Your Type?: Look further into a specific aspect of human trafficking, such as of male victims/survivors or risk factors of LGBTQ community.

What's Your Type?: Visit Polaris Project's Typology of Modern Slavery.

Watch the trailer for Lion now. Then invite some people over to watch Lion, Kavi, Slumdog Millionaire and have a chat about human trafficking. Watch the 2 minute trailer here.

Freedom Forward: Celebrating the Progress of 4 Fantastic Anti-Trafficking Organzations (And Highlighting Specific Ways You Can Help Stop Modern Slavery)

Freedom Forward: Celebrating the Progress of 4 Fantastic Anti-Trafficking Organzations (And Highlighting Specific Ways You Can Help Stop Modern Slavery)

Waiting til you've got thousands? Stop waiting. Just stop. Start with what you have... like a napkin & a Sharpie. "What can I do today to move Freedom Forward?" We've made our list. What's on yours?

Join in Freedom Fortnight and find out specific ways to help stop modern slavery/human trafficking! Become the Difference. For someone. For some One.

Collaboration Throughout The Nations (Plus, How Business Professionals Can Play A Part In The Front Lines Fight Against Human Trafficking)

Collaboration Throughout The Nations (Plus, How Business Professionals Can Play A Part In The Front Lines Fight Against Human Trafficking)

F14: "People coming together from all around the world." That's awesome! We love that "everyone from U.N. agencies to grassroots NGOs, government agencies to activists and academics," really from all around the world are connecting and working together. So cool!

How 4 Big Companies Are Addressing Slavery In Their Supply Chains (And You Can, Too!)

Advantages Of A Short Supply Chain

For social enterprises like Sudara, Krochet Kids or New Zealand-based Liminal Apparel, while it may not be "easy," to establish, maintain and ensure slave-free supply chains, it is often simpler for social enterprises, who specialize in a few goods which have fewer inputs and fewer stages from source to consumer, to guarantee.

fabric + construction + distribution = short & sweet supply chain ---> ethical, slave-free

A shorter supply chain means it's simpler to guarantee ethically sourced and produced slave-free goods.

Oh, What A Tangled Web

It's not that they intend to deceive... but for major multinational corporations, supply chains are long and complex. Especially for big companies who have

  • multiple products with
  • multiple components which use
  • multiple raw materials which go through
  • multiple stages of production which involve
  • many contractors and often involve
  • many sub-contractors as well

To give a little perspective, Project Just's overview of Nike states that Nike uses 57,000 different materials, supplied by 741 vendors, and in 2015, shipped over 1 billion units through it's supply chain. (That's a lot of units.)

Supply Chain Reaction

WeTheEconomy produced the short film (8 mins) Supply Chain Reaction to describe the situation we're facing.

With so many people involved in so many stages in so many (sometimes remote) places, what's a big corp to do?

Well, thankfully, F14 can report on progress being made in eliminating modern slavery / forced labor from supply chains by these 4 companies.

4 Big Companies in the Forefront

Technology

  • Apple

Just this March the Washington Post reported on how "Apple Cracks Down Further On Cobalt Supplier in Congo as Child Labor Persists", saying

"Last year, Apple pledged to clean up its cobalt supply chain, but the technology giant said it wanted to avoid hurting the Congolese miners by cutting them off. Mining provides vital income for hundreds of thousands of people in what is one of the world's poorest countries.

"Now, Apple says it has stopped — for now — buying cobalt from artisanal mines."

Kudos to Apple for efforts to make progress on this complicated situation.

  • Intel

According to Made In A Free World, makers of the software FRDM, which helps any organization "simplify your social risk management," Intel is on the leading edge in the technology space as well.

Apparel

  • Patagonia

Patagonia has a history of responsibility. While it has long been know for environmental responsibility. It's also a leader in taking responsibility for it's supply chain and labor practices. And when we say taking responsibility, we mean, taking responsibility!

Inc. described What Patagonia Did When It Found Human Slaves in Its Supply Chain in this June 2015 article here.

(btw: Kevin Bales, pioneer in the field of modern slavery, actually recently published a book on the link between slavery and environmental destruction. It's called Blood & Earth. We haven't read it yet, but it's on our list.)

  • Nike

A few years ago, Nike was heavily criticized for it's labor practices, or rather, a lack of good labor practices. For example, in this Guardian article from 2001.

Public perception may not be what it once was, and as recently as 2016, some have gone as far as to endorse Nike, saying that "Nike’s New Sustainability and Labor Practices Are One Foot Ahead of the Game."

Hot off the presses, Know The Chain's April 2017 report, FORCED LABOR ACTION COMPARED: FINDINGS FROM THREE SECTORS uses good practice examples from both Nike and Adidas. The report states:

  • Nike: "Using technology to engage and empower supply chain workers: As part of its New Ventures pilot, Nike has developed apps to support workers both inside and outside of factories."
  • Adidas: "Remedy for migrant workers: Adidas discloses a summary of the human rights complaints it has received and details on the outcomes of remediation processes, which include several cases of remedy for migrant workers."

This is not to say that any of these companies are perfect, but they are taking action and making progress.

And with supply chains as massive, long and complex as these, it's progress we can affirm.

TAKE ACTION:

Get to Know Your Supply Chain:

Are you a consumer, investor, supply chain or procurement manager or a decision maker in an organization?

1) Read Know the Chain's Benchmark Reports on

2) Rock, Cotton, Scissors: Find out more about where your cotton or minerals are coming from via Responsible Sourcing Network. Click here.

Supply Chain, Procurement or Risk Manager?

3) Try out FRDM! Get a free trial of FRDM supply chain management software. Click here.

If there is one thing that is clear after the initial benchmarking, it is that all evaluated companies have a long way to go to truly address the risk of forced labor in their supply chains.
— Know The Chain

How You Can Help Stop Child Sex Trafficking BEFORE It Happens!

The Best Offense Is a Good... Guardian Group

Guardian Group is focused on ending sex trafficking, including child sex trafficking, in the USA. They are a “team of teams” experienced in leading organizations within the United States Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice.

We asked Guarding Group (GG), "Since you're a ' "Team of Teams," comprised of former special operations military, law enforcement and intelligence community professionals,' why focus on training businesses?

GG: While the rescue and recovery of children is paramount, our offensive advantage enables us to disrupt the exploitation cycle before rescue becomes necessary.

F14: Aha! So you have both an offensive aspect and a defensive aspect. We care about both, and as much as possible preventing human trafficking occurring in the first place, meaning someone doesn’t experience the abuse and trauma of trafficking. It’s by far the best scenario!

PROGRESS TO CELEBRATE

F14: Do you have something specific that you have made progress on in the past year (however large or small!) that you would like to highlight to people who care about anti-trafficking, so we can celebrate together?

GG: One accomplishment that Guardian Group has made progress on in the past year is the creation and implementation of the Guardian Seal Training.  This online training for the hospitality, travel and security industry is a one-of-a-kind training to help businesses spot and report human trafficking in their businesses.  

Since we know that the hospitality industry has unfortunately become the major shelter for commercial sex trafficking in the United States, this training program was created to not only reduce the risk of liability in this industry but also is positioned to make a large impact on trafficking occurring in hotels.  

F14: Amazing! So this professional training for hospitality, travel and security is available not only nationwide in the USA, but worldwide. Is it only for those industries?

GG: This training program is also being discussed with businesses such as AirBnB and Uber.  Corporations like Chevron and CA Technologies are interested in partnering with Guardian Group with this training program, since this aligns with their corporate responsibility and employee travel policies.

F14: Very cool. Having people in those types of businesses and corporations would significantly expand the people nation-wide, if not worldwide, trained in prevention.

GG: The Guardian Seal Training has been endorsed by industry associations and law enforcement, and is gaining attention with the increase of businesses being held liable for turning a blind eye to the problem of trafficking in their operations.  Businesses that have gone through this training program are identifying and reporting cases of human trafficking.

Because of this training, Guardian Group has been asked to testify on new legislation being introduced that will require hotels and motels to have training on human trafficking.

HOW CAN SOMEONE HELP WITH WHAT YOU’RE WORKING ON NOW/NEXT?

GG: As an individual, a business owner or decision maker, there are two ways:

1) BECOME A GUARDIAN:

Join with communities across the nation by taking a stand and speaking out.

  • Ask hotels if they have the Guardian Seal Training
  • Ask your local legislation about their Counter-Trafficking measures
  • Follow, like and share content on Social Media platforms #IAMAGUARDIAN

2) GET TRAINED:

  • Post the Guardian Seal (guardianseal.org) at your place of business by taking our online training course.
  • Make the training a requirement for your employees so your business is no longer taken advantage of, and your employees will have access to a reporting mechanism to make that process as seamless as possible.

Thank you for your support!

Together we can “Bring the Fight to Human Trafficking.” #IAMAGUARDIAN

Find out more about Guardian Group & the Guardian Seal at

 

F14: Guardian Group, this is awesome! This training is so vital. It will help people tell the difference between signs of trafficking they should report to authorities immediately, and other things that are concerns, but not trafficking, SO THAT law enforcement gets good quality and timely "intel" from having discerning eyes on the look out. So cool!

F14: For us, this type of training is the difference between

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TAKE ACTION:

Pick Up Your Shield: Take, require or ask your business to provide the Guardian Seal Training. Click here to submit your interest.

All of these arrests became possible due to the close collaboration of trained civilian investigators who turn qualified leads over to the appropriate law agencies.
— David Batstone, Founder of Not For Sale, referring to Not For Sale Academy training in spotting red flags

Too Young To Tackle Human Trafficking?

Youth Underground answers with a resounding, "NO!"

Kicked off just over two years ago, today Youth Underground is the largest global youth platform addressing human trafficking.

We (F14) asked Youth Underground (YU), “Why youth?”

YU: 1. Because the youth are not only the prime victims of human trafficking (often as young as five years old), but are also; 2. those who speak out (activists and change-makers) against this illicit trade and influence their peers as well as adults, namely parents and teachers.

PROGRESS TO CELEBRATE

F14: Do you have something specific that you have made progress on in the past year (however large or small!) that you would like to highlight to people who care about anti-trafficking, so we can celebrate together?

YU: This year, Youth Underground partnered with CNN and The CNN Freedom Project for #MyFreedomDay to highlight the value of freedom by the youth and celebrate those who have it.

The lead-up was an event on March 14 at the International School of Geneva with a student panel and a Q&A with audience. You can see coverage of Youth Underground by CNN here.

(For detailed information about this initiative, please see our (YU's) website here.)

F14: We love this! Empowering young people to speak up and use their voices, not for the voiceless, but for those whose voices are silenced or ignored. Listening to others is so vital as we seek to raise awareness and be advocates.

HOW CAN SOMEONE HELP WITH WHAT YOU’RE WORKING ON NOW/NEXT?

FF: Do you have an initiative/or project you’re working on this year that people could get involved with/help with/support?

YU: We would like to continue being a global voice that supports youth initiatives worldwide to endorse anti-human trafficking concepts and policies.

One of the initiatives we would like to feature is the Youth Underground T-shirt, which is more than just a T-shirt: it’s a call to action!

The Youth Underground T-shirt is a slavery-free fair trade product.

Fair trade products seek to promote greater equity in international trading partnerships through dialogue, transparency, and respect. They promote sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of producers and workers in developing countries.

Fair Trade is more than just trading:

  • It proves that greater justice in world trade is possible.
  • It highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.
  • It is a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and economic crisis.

Wearing the Youth Underground T-shirt means you respect the human rights, dignity and integrity of an individual – regardless of gender, origin, race, religious/spiritual beliefs, and social/economic status. You are raising awareness about the value of a human life. And this is what our association is all about!

Through the T-shirts and their visibility – in a very simple manner – we hope to achieve the following:

  1. Increased engagement of Youth Underground’s target audience (youth as well as companies, associations, private donors and the media – mainstream and social) in the Association’s programs and products.
  2. Reference to Youth Underground as an example of education, awareness-raising and prevention work with the youth.
  3. Participation of Youth Underground in international meetings.

The T-shirts are US$ 25 (including P&P) and can be ordered online here.

We have photos/selfies of people from all continents wearing the T-shirts, and this is what we would like to continue seeing!

F14: Youth Underground, that’s amazing! Throughout history, young people and students have often been on the forefront of social change. We love your focus on engaging and empowering youth to use their voices to influence one another and those in positions of authority, whether companies or governments. And not to speak without thinking, but to reflect on freedom and to make choices that facilitate others’ freedom.

Find out more about Youth Underground’s progress and projects at

TAKE ACTION:

Use Your Body Language: Order a slave-free t-shirt and let your clothes speak out for freedom Click here to Order.

Get to the “Heart of the Matter”: Donate $25, $85 or $500 to the creation of the documentary about the refugee crisis and trafficking in Europe. Click here to Donate.

Nothing happens just because we are aware of modern day slavery,
but nothing will ever happen until we are.
— Gary Haugen, Founder of International Justice Mission
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5 Simple and Specific Steps Anyone (Including Me) Can Take To Help Stop Modern Slavery/Human Trafficking, Plus ... An Invitation

What Can I Do About Modern Slavery/Human Trafficking?

That’s a great question!

I’m so glad you asked.

And it’s a great place to be, hopefully, the beginning or continuation of an important journey.

STEP 1 – CARE

Now, if you’re asking what you can do to stop modern slavery, then you probably already care.

But take time to ask yourself, where is my heart?

If this reality isn’t where your heart is, please go find something you do care about and put your time, effort and resources there. There are a lot of people in the world who need a lot of help overcoming disease, poverty, hunger, injustice and more.

So, if stopping modern slavery isn’t what’s on your heart right now, find something that is!

If working for freedom for every single person on the planet, from your neighborhood to the cities and villages across an ocean, is something you care about, let’s get started!

Let me be honest.

I had no idea.

No idea about a lot of things.

I still don’t.

But I’m determined to help make a difference.

Even if I mess up or fail at first, I’m determined to get involved.

Once you discover that right now real people, someone’s daughter, son, mother or sister, is in a horrific situation in horrific conditions suffering even more horrific abuse, and you start mentioning it to a few people in everyday conversations, you’ll find (like I did) there are already a lot of totally ordinary and yet amazingly wonderful people who really care about people who are in, at risk of, or survivors of modern slavery / human trafficking.

There are a lot of people who have been thinking about and doing things about human trafficking for a long time before I got more involved. (You can read my journey so far here: For Your Eyes Only: Here Is My Heart... And Some Backstory)

Some of them may be a little weary.

Some may wonder why not everyone is passionate about this.

So please know this - we need you and your new energy and enthusiasm to add to our endurance.

STEP 2 – FIND (AT LEAST) TWO OTHER PEOPLE WHO CARE, TOO.

The first thing I’d encourage you to do is change your question slightly and start asking - what can we do about it.

What are your resources?

These could be skills, position, ability to organize, inspire, educate, advocate.

Time and willingness, prayer, effort, encouragement or money.

Ask - How can we multiply our impact?

I can only act as an individual, but when I combine what I can offer with what others can offer, the impact is much greater. The difference becomes more than the sum of the parts.

Those are the things I did.

1) In telling my friends what was on my heart, I found a few other people who cared about this, too. And between a combination of requests and offers, I found people willing to be in it with me.

2) I found that when I brought it up in conversation many people asked, “Have you heard of such and such?” Or “Oh, my friend/sister/second-cousin twice removed started/works for XYZ organization.

(I hadn’t heard about just about anything at the time.)

On one hand, this was encouraging. Super cool! I’m glad someone is already doing something about this.

On the other hand, it was discouraging. Sounds like everything is already being done. I’m not sure what I have to offer matters that much.

...Oh, contraire! Everyone has something to offer and some part to play.

I’m a reader, so I read whatever I was aware of and anything someone recommended, book, blog, or website.

As I read, I noticed what resonated in me. I could read a section on disease, poverty, hunger, and the need for clean water and education and take it all in very rationally. Then, when I read about violence against women, particularly violent violation of girls from 6 to 11 or younger, my heart cried.

Every.

Time.

Sometimes the tears rolled down my face.

Sometimes they just rolled down my heart.

In that, my heart-cry was revealed to me.

STEP 3 – BEGIN TO EXPLORE WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Over time, I thought about what was being revealed to me as what I cared about most and then I thought about where I could make a difference.

There are lots of important causes, and lots of different ways of being involved. There are big organizations and celebrities, politicians and governments, corporations and C-level execs and legislators and law enforcement agencies.

I’m not any of those things.

  • I’m a husband, dad, guy.
  • Not a survivor, woman or social worker.
  • I’m not a doctor, lawyer or politician.
  • I’m not a filmmaker, academic, billionaire, celebrity or CEO.
  • I’m not even very good at social media.

When I thought about all that I’m not, I got a little discouraged (this is where the find 2 people bit get’s really important).

I can’t do what I can’t do, and I can’t give what I don’t have, so...

STEP 4 – TAKE INVENTORY

Then I asked, “what do I have?”

  1. care
  2. some friends
  3. some skills
  4. some money
  5. some time
  6. some ideas
  7. some experience
  8. some vision

It’s a little like the scene in The Princess Bride on the battlements. “If only we had a wheelbarrow….”

Who is with you? (Make a list. Your list might be one person right now. That’s okay.)

What do you have? (Write down some things you have. You can refer to my inventory for some ideas to get you started.)

What are your (and by your, I mean y’all’s) resources? (Add to your list.)

“My steel, Fessick’s strength, your brains.”

The power of three.

You can’t give what you don’t have.

¨Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.¨

STEP 5 – COMMIT TO LEARN & TO MAKING PROGRESS (Plus... YOUR INVITATION)

As much as I’d like for this to be something we can end overnight, it’s not. It’s complex and massive.

So, commit to learning and to making progress.

One option is:

Sign up for a learning journey - Freedom Fortnight: 14 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was First Finding Out About Human Trafficking. Each day we’ll look at one thing I found out along my journey. Each day is going to end with one or more resources & simple next steps to take.

I recommend going on this journey with at least one or two other people. Who would you like to have on this journey with you? Consider inviting them to come with you.

I invite you to come along with me.

Our next Journey is scheduled for end of October!

(30 Oct. - 12 Nov.)

Here's your invitation.

RSVP Below!

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