What human trafficking focused organization should my club work with?
January 25, 2011 4:48 PM   Subscribe

My (high-school) club is going to be working this semester to end human trafficking through fundraising and awareness. What organization(s) should we donate to/work with?

This semester, we'll probably end up raising $1,000-$2,000, and we'd like to put it to its best use. As we're high-school students, an organization that has a younger-feel (i.e Invisible Children or LiNK, who we've worked with in this past) and is willing to work with high-school students in some way would be preferable, but not required. Thanks for your input!
posted by kylej to Society & Culture (8 answers total)
I've done a walkathon with SCTnow. Their focus is going after the perps....
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:24 PM on January 25, 2011

I can't say enough good things about International Justice Mission.
posted by BurntHombre at 6:24 PM on January 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

I imagine you've seen Ask MeFi's epic thread about human trafficking and sex slavery?
posted by workerant at 7:53 PM on January 25, 2011

This organization might fit your criteria.
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 8:18 PM on January 25, 2011

GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) is a great organization that helps victims of domestic human trafficking, which is an issue that is often overlooked.

The organization was featured in the powerful documentary 'Very Young Girls'
posted by chara at 8:53 PM on January 25, 2011

Best answer: Recommend/have donated to Equality Now, Russian Community Life Center, and Polaris Project. I have spent significant time on the phone with each of these entities or people from them, and I have met some of them in real life, and all I can say, really, is that they are excellent. They do not, as far as I know, have the specific youth focus that you want, although they were absolutely responsive toward two young women that I know.

Please understand that my post is just to share my experiences with these organizations. I know that because of the intensity of what happened with my friends this recommendation may somehow be loaded. Take this recommendation as any other.
posted by fake at 8:59 PM on January 25, 2011

Besides the youth feel, do you have any other requirements for the kind of organization you want to work with? Some organizations, like Amnesty International work on awareness and research. Others, like the IRC help integrate refugees into local communities in the US. Whichever you choose, look at how they spend their money, which communities they impact, and whether it could lead to further collaborations.
posted by msk1985 at 9:04 PM on January 25, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks for the recommendations, everyone!

msk1985: We don't really have any requirements as of now, we're still very much in the research stages. Thank-you for your advice, your (and everyone else's!) comment was very helpful!
posted by kylej at 8:25 PM on January 27, 2011

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