The Fifth Day of Freedom

5th Day of Freedom: Get involved! Volunteer with a local anti-trafficking organization. Many of these organizations are in need of assistance with administrative needs, planning events and helping raise awareness on the issue of Human Trafficking.

One of the biggest problems the world faces, particularly in the United States, is that anytime we hear about anything the least bit unsettling or uncomfortable, we are more than willing to turn a blind eye. People often times find themselves following the old saying, “ignorance is bliss”. However, ignorance certainly isn’t  always bliss, especially for those people being ignored. It’s easy to pretend that trafficking doesn’t exist if it’s not something you’re exposed to everyday. Unfortunately, just pretending it doesn’t exist doesn’t make it disappear. The only way trafficking can be eradicated is if we face it head on! Volunteering is so important. Non- profits are in constant need of funding and even just an extra set of hands. As I’ve said before, you’ll be hard pressed to find a non-profit organization that turns away your offered help; they will find something for you to do. You just have to keep an open mind. Volunteers can’t expect to be working with trafficking survivors on their first day there, but maybe they need you to make calls or copies. Men and women who work in non- profit organizations are almost always under tremendous pressure. There are a million things to do and never enough time in the day. Sometimes the best way is to help those who dedicate their lives everyday to helping survivors get their lives back. Check out local organizations fighting to end human trafficking once and for all:

Amigo’s Center – Bonita Springs, FL
Argentina RATT
Bonita Assistance Program – Bonita Springs
Broward Human Trafficking Coalition
Cafe of Life – Bonita Springs
Caffa – Miami, FL
Catholic Charities Of Central Florida – Orlando, FL
Catholic Charities Of St. Petersburg – St. Pete, FL
Central America Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking (Co-Founders)
Child Rescue Network
Childrens Advocacy Center – Ft. Myers, FL
Christian Care Counseling Center
Clay Behavioral Center – Middleburg, FL
Coptic Orthodox Charities
Courtney’s House
Eden Fellowship Church – Pensacola, FL
Familia Mora Arriaga
Families First – Jacksonville, FL
Family Resource, Inc. – Pinellas Park, FL
Florida Abolitionist
Florida Commission on Human Relations
Florida League of United Latin American Citizens
Florida Migrant Interstate Program
Florida Salvation Army
Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights
Floridian Hotel, Inc. – Homestead, FL
Free International
Global Child Rescue
Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services – Clearwater, Fl
Harbor House – Orlando, Fl
Jacksonville Community Task Force – Jacksonville
Justice at the Gate – Orlando, FL
Klaas Kids
Kristi House
Marco Island Knights of Columbus
Maryknoll
Miami Movement Against Human Trafficking – Miami, Fl
Not For Sale Campaign – Los Angeles, CA
One Way Out in Ft Myers
Organization of the Americas (OAS)
Orlando Rescue and Restore Coalition
Orlando Youth for Human Rights
Project Help – Naples, FL
Ricky Martin Foundation
San Diego Bilateral Safety Corridor
South Brevard Women’s Center – Melbourne, FL
Southwest Florida Women’s Digest
Stand Up for Kids
Stop Child Trafficking of Tampa Bay
SW Florida Episcopal Diocese
SW FLorida Historical Museum, Ft. Myers
Tampa Bay Youth For Human Rights – Tampa
Tampa Human Rights Walk-a-thon
Tampa/Clearwater Rescue & Restore Coalition
Tiny Stars
Women’s Center Of Jacksonville – Jacksonville, FL
World Relief

Get involved with a local anti-trafficking organization and see how you can join the fight to end modern day slavery!

By: Danae Zimmer

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