March 18th, 2011
05:14 PM ET

Students look to join the fight

We’ve received many messages from school and college students wanting advice on how to join the fight against modern day slavery. 

For example, Lian of Rye Neck High School in New York wrote: “Hi my name is Lian Joerss and I'm a student at Rye Neck High School. Our global awareness class watched some videos and read some articles on the secret slavery and we realized how lucky we are to be in school. We want to raise awareness around the community except we aren't sure how.”

One place to look for some inspiration is the U.S. State Department's “20 Ways You can Help Fight Human Trafficking”. Many of their ideas are catered towards schools and colleges, like organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization; encourage your school to include modern slavery in its curriculum and write a letter to the editor for your local newspaper about your school’s initiatives.  

In the coming weeks on this blog we’ll offer a range of suggestions to get involved, including community action, fundraisers, educational initiatives and awareness about retail goods – as well as links to the work of credible organizations. Meanwhile, join the iReporters pledging to make a stand and please keep the comments, photos and video coming in.

Topics: How to Help • Solutions