We kicked off the new year in a major way at the January meeting. Our Chapter wore blue in support of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
In 2011 President of the USA Barack Obama issued Presidential Proclamation, designating each January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The anniversary of this proclamation became known as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Slavery was officially abolished in the USA by the Thirteenth Amendment in December 1865, however, its forms still exist to date. And the present-day USA is the source, transit and destination country for modern slaves: children, women and men.
These people can be of foreign nationalities or the citizens of the USA, but they are all subjected to injustices of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, forced labor, involuntary servitude, forced marriage and debt bondage. Many mass campaigns are organized to observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
This helps raise public awareness of modern slavery. Creation of a number of organizations supporting and preventing human trafficking helps protect some vulnerable members of our community.