Explore ways your group can help to raise awareness of human trafficking from the activity suggestions below

Individual Efforts

Educate yourself, your family and your peers on human trafficking by visiting recommended training resources here

Become a conscientious consumer and ensure the products you purchase are not made or cultivated by victims of forced labor. To find out more about the impact of forced labor in your daily life, visit Made in a Free World’s Slavery Footprint Survey.

Avoid the use of geotagging in social media posts and do not communicate online with someone you do not know in person.

Monitor apps and online communications of children in your care.

Community Engagement

Join an existing student organization dedicated to human trafficking or form a new one at your school utilizing the Student Alliance Development Guide found here.

Partner with the athletic department at your school to engage student-athletes in the fight against human trafficking. Partnership ideas include:

  • Hosting a private human trafficking training or film screening for student athletes.
  • Requesting student-athletes as volunteers for awareness events.
  • Requesting all student-athletes change their social media avatars or post to social media about human trafficking using #StudentsAgainstTrafficking.
  • Requesting student-athletes wear anti-trafficking T-shirts during warmups.
  • Airing a PSA during half-time.
  • Hosting awareness tables at sporting events.
  • Hosting a documentary screening specifically for student athletes.

Partner with Greek Life on your campus to engage sororities and fraternities in the fight against human trafficking. Partnership ideas include:

  • Hosting a private human trafficking training or film screening for Greek Life.
  • Hosting a philanthropic sports game or race to raise donations for a local service provider serving victims of human trafficking.
  • Requesting sorority or fraternity members as volunteers for awareness events.
  • Requesting all sorority or fraternity members change their social media avatars or post to social media about human trafficking using #StudentsAgainstTrafficking.
  • Requesting sorority or fraternity members wear blue as part of a Wear Blue Day awareness campaign.

Connect with professors to organize classroom presentations on human trafficking. Relevant audiences include social justice, women’s studies, criminal justice, journalism, education and medical students.

Partner with acting students on campus to develop a short script on human trafficking. The script can be performed on campus near awareness tables or at an event dedicated to the performance.

Promote responsible procurement practices at your school by learning more about the processes and contract clauses that may have an impact on forced labor. Work with administration to ensure practices are conscientious of human trafficking concerns, especially whether the food service on campus is sourced responsibly.

Partner with local service providers serving victims of human trafficking. These partnerships can be mutually beneficial, with service providers able to provide expert testimony at speaker events and students able to raise donations to benefit victims.

Contact campus and local media outlets to request accurate coverage of human trafficking in news stories, to include newspaper outlets, radio stations and television stations. Event organizers can also request announcements for events to be distributed via the campus listserv and be advertised on the school events calendar.

Encourage training for campus police and school resource officers to recognize the signs and respond to human trafficking.

Challenge a rival school to raise money or donations for local service providers assisting victims of human trafficking.

Promote and engage with national human trafficking awareness campaigns

  • January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month.
  • January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Participate with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign by wearing all blue.
  • July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
  • February 22nd is End It Movement day. Participate by drawing a red X on your hand and posting to social media.
  • Social Media Awareness

    Share Student Alliance infographics on social media platforms and encourage students to do the same at awareness events.

    Promote human trafficking facts and events using #StudentsAgainstTrafficking

    Organize students to change their social media avatars or cover photos to promote awareness activities throughout the year or for the month of January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Student Alliance partners have access to social media templates and tools that can be customized for each campus.

    Awareness Activities

    Set up awareness tables in high-traffic areas on campus to distribute educational materials and promotional items. Event organizers can offer students promotional items or food in exchange for signing up for the student organization’s email list or posting to social media using #StudentsAgainstTrafficking.

      Host a film screening or book review, selecting materials from our recommended list found here.

      Partner with your school to promote a human trafficking fact of the day on your morning announcements throughout a human trafficking awareness week or during January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Recommended statistics can be found here.

      Host a signing party to inform students on the laws and policies related to human trafficking, and to encourage advocacy at the campus, local, state and federal levels. Students can learn how to contact public officials and draft petitions for change. Event organizers can prepare a petition or draft letter for participants to sign or send to their elected officials.  

      Invite an expert speaker to detail personal experiences with human trafficking. Relevant experts may include a professor who researches the issue, a nonprofit leader or a survivor-advocate.

      Host a Fair Trade food or chocolate festival to raise awareness of forced labor in the agricultural and cocoa industries. Event organizers can reach out to local grocers or chocolate sellers to request donations for the festival, and should also include any Fair Trade student organizations on campus.

      Set up a free “lemonade” stand to demonstrate the ways victims are deceived as they are recruited into the world of human trafficking. Event organizers offer students free lemonde, which is actually yellow water or sour water with lemon juice. Once participants have a drink, organizers then prompt students on how it made them feel to be promised one thing and receive another to draw the analogy to how traffickers make false-promises to their victims

    Organize a philanthropic sport events to benefit a local service provider serving victims of human trafficking. This activity appeals well to partnerships with student-athletes and Greek Life.

    Partner with an on-campus or local restaurant to plan a day where a percentage of proceeds will be donated to a local service provider serving victims of human trafficking. Plan the day in advance, then advertise across campus to drive sales.

    Contact your local Salvation Army to organize a Red Kettle Drive to benefit human trafficking.

    Challenge students with a myth versus fact game about human trafficking statistics. Place cards with statistics on an awareness table or poster with myth or fact written on the back. After playing the game, students can earn promotional items, such as T-shirts or food items. Statistics should be approved by McCain Institute staff before use.

    Partner with film students at your school to develop a PSA on human trafficking. This PSA can be shared on social media or aired during school sporting events.

    Organize a donation drive or fundraiser for local service providers serving victims of human trafficking. Collection bins can be placed at dormitories and other approved locations across campus with a list of needed supplies. If money is being raised at an event, students should invite the intended recipients to attend the event and collect the money directly to avoid liability concerns and allow providers to inform students on their work and register volunteers.

    Organize a community philanthropic walk or race to raise awareness and donations for human trafficking.

    Host a Traffic Jam to raise community awareness of human trafficking. Showcase local bands and donate proceeds to local service providers serving victims of human trafficking.

    Host a letter writing party for students to write messages of hope and encouragement to survivors of human trafficking in partnership with a local service provider serving victims of human trafficking.

    Host an open mic night or poetry slam to highlight survivor stories and human trafficking related writings. Co-host the event with a poetry club on your campus. Sample poems available for use include:

  • Street Corner by Jessie Gray
  • The Trinity by Alex Little
  • A Victim or Survivor by TWashington17
  • Enslaved by MNorma2100
  • Free by Brooke Myers
  • Campaigns

    End Human Trafficking Sticker Campaign: Student Alliance partners may request stickers for laptops and water bottles to be distributed at sponsored events.

      Wear Blue Campaign:Event organizers promote a date for students, faculty and staff to wear blue to promote human trafficking awareness. Student Alliance partners can request T-shirts to be distributed at sponsored events.
      Shirts can be given away with a request to wear the shirt on the planned Wear Blue Day.

      “Ask Me” Bracelet Campaign: Most commonly used at awareness tables or following a classroom presentation, event organizers ask participants to create a bracelet using beads to spell “Ask Me.” Participants then pledge to wear it for a select amount of time and share information about human trafficking to whomever inquires about the bracelet.
      STOP Human Trafficking Campaign: Event organizers create paper stop signs and ask students to decorate them with anti-trafficking messages. These paper signs can be collected and displayed around campus to raise awareness of trafficking. Relevant messages can include the National Human Trafficking Hotline number, 1-888-373-7888, Stop Human Trafficking or Human Trafficking Happens Here.

        See Something, Say Something Campaign: After learning the warning signs and red flags of a human trafficking situation, students are encouraged to add the National Human Trafficking Hotline number, 1-888-373-7888, to their cell phones as a pledge to be a vigilant advocate against human trafficking.


    After seeking permission, place human trafficking awareness posters around your campus and community. This can include message boards, bathroom stalls and bus stations. You can also contact local businesses to request posters be displayed at their establishment.

    Set up a mattress or bed sheet display on campus with messages of hope, survivor stories or statistics to bring awareness to sex trafficking.

    Highlight stories of human trafficking survivors by partnering with local service providers and survivor-advocates. Organizations like Remake offer open-sourced testimonials from survivors for your respectful, educational use.

    With administrative approval, chalk your campus to highlight human trafficking statistics. Encourage other students to get involved to spread messages of hope and awareness.

    Partner with a local anti-trafficking organization to bring existing large-scale awareness displays to campus. Examples include large-scale dioramas or shipping containers with information on how victims are recruited into human trafficking.  

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