Approximately 100 mothers, fathers, students, law enforcement officers, educators, parole officers, musicians, nurses, lawyers, assistant DAs, social workers, investigators, artists, case workers, victim specialists, advocates, CPAs, real estate agents, designers and community members in southeastern Wisconsin got together and said
LET’S DO THIS.
We can all play a part in the fight against human trafficking and the
I-94 Human Trafficking Awareness Project
is our way to make a difference.

The I-94 Project is a cross-collaboration between many organizations, agencies and community members to fight human trafficking across southeastern Wisconsin. The Project aims to create the largest amount of awareness to date along the I-94 corridor between Illinois and Milwaukee. The project will run during peak summer travel season from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2017 and will be seen by the 80,000 travelers per day along that route.

The I-94 Project is developed and administrated by Fight to End Exploitation, a Wisconsin-based 501(c)(3) whose mission is to be a collaborative network that advocates for victims and educates the communities.

Interstate 94 is known as a circuit used by traffickers to transport victims from Chicago to Milwaukee, Madison, Eau Claire, Minneapolis, and the North Dakota oil fields. As a result, truck stops, rest stops, restaurants, gas stations and hotels along the highway have become common places that victims frequent. Research indicates that education is the number one way to stop trafficking.

Our goal is to increase community awareness of the problem, and educate citizens, businesses, and key professionals as to what they can do to help fight trafficking, and help victims reach safety. We also hope to continually partner with our valued business-owners to eradicate Human Trafficking in southeastern Wisconsin.

IT HAPPENS BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES

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UPCOMING EVENTS

WELL-KNOWN STRANGERS

VOICES FOR AWARENESS, June 10, 2017
A CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE I-94 CAMPAIGN

The Kick-Off Event Was A Huge Success!

 

Thank you to Well-Known Strangers for headlining this concert and for the beautiful song and new video that we can use for awareness during our training, presentations and events.

 

Please share the Voices video and help us spread awareness of sex trafficking dangers surrounding our children.

 

Thank you to Route 20 Music Venue, Bascom Hill and Josh Krug & Friends for your space, time and talent to help us raise money for the I-94 Project.

 

Money raised from this project will:

  • Spread awareness of human trafficking through a print and digital awareness campaign.
  • Provide HT identifiers and interview question cards to regional law enforcement officers to carry with them.
  • Provide resource materials in a variety of forms for victims to seek help.
  • Educate and train area businesses and their employees such a hotels on how to spot HT and get help.
  • Support and assist working professionals who come into contact with victims through their jobs.
  • Educate the community.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Website Resources

The Polaris Project
www.polarisproject.org

Truckers Against Trafficking
www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org

Shared Hope International
www.sharedhope.org

3 Strands
www.3strandsglobal.com

FAST Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking
www.faastinternational.org

Million Kids
www.millionkids.org

DOMESTIC TRAFFICKING BOOKS

Walking Prey: How America’s Youth Are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery
Holly Austin Smith
Purchase on Amazon

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not For Sale: A Memoir
Rachel Lloyd
Purchase on Amazon

Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children (A Call to Action)
Linda Smith and Cindy Coloma
Purchase on Amazon

INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING BOOKS

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Purchase on Amazon

DOCUMENTARIES & MOVIES

Sex & Money: A National Search for Human Worth
Learn More

8 Days: A Feature Film Inspired by Actual Events
www.8daysfilm.org

In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom
Buy on Amazon

Not My Life: A Film About Slavery In Our Time
notmylife.org

Branded: The Story of Sex Slavery
Watch on CNN.com

Chosen: The True Story of America’s Trafficked Teens
sharedhope.org

The Pink Room
2014 Emmy Award Winner for Best Documentary
Buy on Amazon

Very Young Girls: Documentary by GEMS
Find on Amazon

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

1

Get Help – See indicators of human trafficking? In the case of an immediate emergency call 911 or contact your local police department, leave a tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-888- 636-9330 or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888- 373-7888.
www.humantraffickinghotline.org

2

Educate yourself and share your knowledge with others. Visit websites, read books, watch documentaries and read news stories from reputable sources. Raise awareness among others, learn and report the signs.
www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign

3

Call your senators and state representatives and push for legislation on the local, state and federal levels. To see how your state rates on human trafficking laws go to www.sharedhope.org/resources/policy-research-resources and www.ijm.org

4

Encourage your local schools to partner with students and include modern slavery in their curricula. As a parent, educator, or school administrator, be aware of how traffickers target school aged children. Internet safety is key. Teach them how to be safe online.
www.safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/human-trafficking-americas-schools and www.netsmartz.org

5

Work with the religious community or congregation to help stop trafficking by supporting a victim service provider or spreading awareness. www.SharedHope.org

6

Businesses: Provide jobs, internships, skills training and other opportunities to trafficking survivors. Look into your supply chains to make sure it’s clean of human trafficking. www.gbcat.org

7

Students: Take action on your campus. Join or establish a university club to raise awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout your local community. Consider doing one of your research papers on a topic concerning human trafficking. Request that human trafficking be included in university curricula.

8

Health Care Providers: Ask for training and learn how to identify the indicators of human trafficking and assist victims. With assistance from anti-trafficking organizations, extend low-cost or free services to human trafficking victims. https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/human-trafficking-role-healthcare

Local: POHSEY (Proactive Outreach for the Health of Sexually Exploited Youth)

http://www.pohsey.org/

9

Fighting pornography is a big step in fighting human trafficking. Learn more at www.rescuefreedom.org/get-involved/refusetoclick and www.fightthenewdrug.org

10

Journalists: The media plays an enormous role in shaping perceptions and guiding the public conversation about human trafficking. Here are some media best practices on how to effectively and responsibly report stories on human trafficking
www.ungift.org/knowledgehub/en/about/how-the-media- reports-on-human-trafficking.html

11

Attorneys: Offer human trafficking victims legal services, including support for those seeking benefits or special visas. Resources are available for attorneys representing victims of human trafficking.
www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/multimedia/trafficking_task_force/resources/TFHT_Toolkit/HumanTrafficking_Bar.authcheckdam.pdf

12

Be a responsible consumer. Don’t buy products that use supply chains relying on labor trafficking.
http://fairtradeusa.org
http://slaveryfootprint.org

13

Be an informed traveler. As you travel domestically and internationally, be alert for potential trafficking scenarios.
www.nclnet.org/safe_foreign_travels_learn_about_human_trafficking_ryzas4qqlcq6mewxhy69ftzpska
https://traffickcam.com/

14

Get involved. Volunteer with a local group that is involved in preventing or combating human trafficking and/or providing assistance to victims. www.fighttoendexploitation.org
www.umos.org

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