Did you know that you can help O.U.R. initiate conversations with law enforcement and make an impact in your community? We can show you how. Here are two area teams who saw a simple, but important need and took action:
The Richmond Police Department recently received 50 filled backpacks from the O.U.R. Richmond Volunteer Team in Virginia. The backpacks contain comfort items for rescued victims of different ages, including personal hygiene products, non-perishable foods and coloring books.
“We deal with at least a few cases of human trafficking a week and the issue is often underreported,” said Special Investigations Division Captain, Emmett Williams.
“Our goal is to provide victims a safe space once they have been rescued, but many of them don’t have a single item in their possession. This donation will hopefully help calm them in the aftermath.”special investigations division captain emmett williams
In July and August, the O.U.R. San Diego Volunteer Team and The Human Trafficking Task Force of San Diego dropped off “go bags” to local law enforcement. The “go bags” are filled with clothing, snacks, and hygiene items to give to trafficking survivors immediately upon rescue. The volunteers spoke with 197 teen girls about the dangers of human trafficking, O.U.R., and what they could do to help. They also presented to a local school board about the cause and encouraged the start of Students Against Slavery clubs.
The San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force serves all of San Diego County and partners with local and federal law enforcement. Members include detectives, sergeants, federal officers, representatives from anti-trafficking organizations, and members of the community who want to raise awareness and offer resources.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a grand gesture to make a huge difference. Every little effort counts.
- Become a volunteer and join your nearest area team
- Once you’re a volunteer and receive training to talk about the cause, make connections with your local law enforcement, or anti-human trafficking task force, and see what their needs are
- Attend a town hall meeting to spread the word about O.U.R. and your next fundraiser
- Send your project request ideas here