Monday, March 4, 2013

Voices Behind the Campaign

As part of the Human Trafficking is Our Problem Campaign (HTIOP), IOFA asked participants to submit a photo with a picture holding the HTIOP slogan to show support in recognizing human trafficking as a local issue. In this short series, IOFA would like to share with you voices from the campaign’s participants and why they decided to support HTIOP.

 (Voices correspond with individuals from left to right)

"People whom I have spoken with are constantly surprised that human trafficking happens in their cities, but they are willing to learn more about it and bring awareness to this issue. I think that in realizing that domestic human trafficking happens closer to home, people will take more ownership of this problem and acknowledge that it is NOT OK. The campaign is a way that we can rally people toward this goal." –Esther Liew

“From the suburbs of Illinois to the streets of Uganda, human trafficking is a global issue that touches communities and individuals across the globe. I support this cause because the denial of basic and inherent human rights to individuals and groups is a tragedy, which this campaign seeks to change. By raising awareness new groups can join with old to mobilize against this vastly growing issue and contribute to the global movement against human trafficking.” – Alyse Shields

“I support the HTIOP campaign because of its’ potential to bring people together on an issue that cuts across race, gender, and faith to recognize a social problem within our own communities and work with one another to do something about it. To take part and have an active role in a locally grown campaign that is a unifying force on a human issue is quite unique and frankly, awesome.” – Aatifa Sadiq

“I support HTIOP because it is just that, our problem.  Many people don't realize the impact that trafficking has on the global community.  I hope that by supporting HTIOP more people will become aware of this global issue and do their part to support anti-trafficking efforts in their own communities.” –Laura Horner