What is TraffickWatch?
TraffickWatch is an initiative of the nonprofit The Exodus Road. TraffickWatch is primarily an awareness and training program in the fight against human trafficking.
Currently, TraffickWatch contains two main programs:
Where did you get your statistics and resources for the TraffickWatch site?
Our primary sources for the information shared can be found at Global Slavery Index, the U.S. Trafficking In Persons Report, Polaris, and the International Labor Organization. The video resources are produced by The Exodus Road itself.
What is The Exodus Road?
The Exodus Road (TER) is a nonprofit strategically fighting human trafficking. TER primarily focuses on supporting human trafficking intervention by providing investigative work, technology, and resources to local authorities so that human trafficking survivors can be rescued and traffickers arrested. TER works in the United States as well as multiple countries around the world. Holistically fighting trafficking, TER also supports both training and after care projects. Read more about our work here.
What are the goals of TraffickWatch?
TraffickWatch exists to raise awareness and equip leaders to understand human trafficking in their own communities. Phase One of this initiative is an online experience that allows users to explore three paths: educating users about about the issue, engaging with the stories of survivors, and exploring ways to take action. The program will be offered for free online, and will take 10-15 minutes to experience all the content. The second phase of TraffickWatch, launching in Fall of 2020, will include in-person trainings for leaders and community groups in the state of Colorado, the state in which the TER headquarters office is located. Potential trainings could include the following: youth development professionals, administrators or educators, health care professionals, advocacy groups, or law enforcement agencies.
Why are awareness and training so important in the fight against human trafficking today?
Awareness trainings and programming is a form of human trafficking prevention. Research indicates that human trafficking awareness training can be a highly effective way for individuals, organizations, schools and businesses can help fight human trafficking. Though human trafficking is a significant social justice issue of our world, many people do not understand it or cannot recognize the signs of it. When leaders and concerned citizens are equipped with the knowledge of how to recognize and prevent this abuse in their local communities, significant impact for freedom is possible.
Why didn’t you talk about everything in TraffickWatch?
The issue of human trafficking is highly complex, and we know that the information and stories represented in our training and in our digital experience can in no way paint the full complexity of the issue globally. Our intent here was to provide an easily shareable platform where people could begin to understand, increase compassion for those involved, and stir advocacy on behalf of survivors. We urge those interested to spend time doing their own research to increase their own knowledge. We suggest starting with Global Slavery Index, which contains a wealth of research, mapping, and statistics.
I have a comment or question about the TraffickWatch program. Who do I contact?
We are always open to feedback! If you have a question or comment about TraffickWatch, feel free to email: TraffickWatch@TheExodusRoad.com . We will try to respond as quickly as possible.
How do I bring the in-person training event (TraffickWatch Training) to my group?
We are currently launching our in-person training component in the Fall of 2020. If you are a leader in a school, community group, corporation, or social services field, and would like to bring TraffickWatch Training to your team, send an email to TraffickWatch@TheExodusRoad.com and we will be in touch. Currently, we are only able to offer TraffickWatch Training to those located in Colorado and meeting certain requirements. As we develop the program, digital training sessions may be available to those located outside of the state of Colorado.
I made a donation on the TraffickWatch website. How will the money be used?
The funds raised on the TraffickWatch website will help to ensure that the TraffickWatch Experience can continue as a free resource for the public. They will also be sued to develop the training resources which complement the training program as it develops. Additionally, funds will be used to fuel the intervention work of The Exodus Road. Monthly gifts will become part of our Search + Rescue program which directly funds the front line work of our investigative teams. Any gift is tax-deductible and would be greatly appreciated. You can make a donation at the end of the TraffickWatch website itself on the Take Action page. You may also may a direct donation here. All funds are managed by The Exodus Road, and you are welcome to view our financial information here.
I want to get more involved. How do I help?
The simplest way to get involved is to join the TraffickWatch Community by signing up below. Not only will we send you a monthly newsletter full of free resources and advocacy ideas every month, we will also be providing you with opportunities to connect with other like-minded activists. It's a simple way you can practically keep stepping into the fight against human trafficking with us. Sign up below to join.