January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month

January 2017 is upon us and the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking is asking all allies to take local action to fight and one day end trafficking in Iowa.

Governor Branstad will be declaring January as Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month. We invite you to attend the proclamation signing on Monday, January 9th and other Day at the Capitol activities as detailed in this “Save the Date” flyer (PDF). If you can join us on January 9th, please let your state representative and senator know that you will be looking to meet and talk to them about supporting legislation to fight this heinous crime.

If you can not participate on January 9th, we ask that you send the “Save the Date” flyer (PDF) to your legislator with a personal note expressing your concern with this growing problem.

Also, we ask that you download this proclamation to your local City Council or Board of Supervisors (PDF) to declare an upcoming week in January as your local observance. Attend the council or Board of Supervisors meeting and speak about local efforts to combat trafficking. Download this example script (PDF) for you to consider and hopefully expand upon.

Those of you on college campuses could consider a similar declaration by your student government body or even the Board of Regents.

This would also be a good opportunity to announce a training or anti-human trafficking lecture or panel discussion. If you need a speaker, contact one of the direct service or prevention programs listed in the resource section of the Iowa NAHT website. Celine Villongco, Human Trafficking Coordinator at the Attorney General’s office, is also a well informed speaker. Her contact information can also be found on the resource section of the Iowa NAHT website. You can also look at our Iowa NAHT board list for a local speaker.

Hope to see you in Des Moines at the State Capitol Building. Let’s make Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month our springboard to accelerate Iowa’s progress toward ending trafficking.