Wear blue to #StandForHer and raise awareness about human trafficking
by Allison Hatfield | January 10, 2020
Texas ranks No. 2 in the United States for human trafficking. In North Texas, $99 million dollars are spent on the sex trade each year. In Dallas, there are an estimated 400 trafficked teens on the streets each night.
If those statistics seem startling, it’s because they are. And it’s because human trafficking isn’t something most of us think a lot about. Which is why National Human Trafficking Awareness Day exists.
Recognized each year on January 11, #WearBlueDay is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security initiative to show solidarity with human trafficking victims and raise awareness of the heinous crime. To participate, simply wear blue, take a selfie, and share your photo on social media with the hashtags #WearBlueDay and #StandForHer.
But that’s not all you can do. If you have things, blue or otherwise, that you don’t want to wear, New Friends New Life hosted its first Fashion Friday on January 3. The Dallas-based organization that provides access to education, job training, financial assistance, mental health services, and spiritual support to hundreds of victims of human trafficking each year is accepting donations that will allow women to shop — at no cost — for casual and professional clothes, shoes, coats, and accessories on the first Friday of each month.
“When women are working to change on the inside, it’s hard work,” says Kara Christensen, adult program manager at New Friends New Life. “They now have the opportunity to see a more polished and beautiful woman on the outside and feel more confident going to an interview or event.”
And if you need something new to wear, the group has also partnered with local designer Abi Ferrin to employ sex trafficking survivors to craft loop scarves. Part of the proceeds from the sale of each scarf supports programs at New Friends New Life.
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