Arizona State University and Michigan State Univeristy

Students from All Walks Project at Arizona State University and the Nursing Student Association at Michigan State University collaborated on an effort to raise awareness of human trafficking at the ASU/MSU football game on September 8, 2018.

Student Alliance partners worked with ASU Athletics to organize a pre-game recognition for human trafficking and the intercampus awareness effort. Announcers at the football game spoke about the organizations and informed attendees on the global estimate for trafficking victims, a number that could fill Sun Devil Stadium 562 times! All Walks Project students created “END TRAFFICKING” posters for the ASU Spirit Squad to hold on the field and McCain Institute provided the spirit squads and band with uniform patches that read “Together We Can End Human Trafficking.” Throughout the game, All Walks Project members distributed awareness flyers, indicator cards, T-shirts, stickers and water bottles to attendees, which totaled 53,599 at Saturday’s game.

This effort marks the fourth academic year that ASU Athletics has partnered with McCain Institute and the Student Alliance to raise awareness of human trafficking at sporting events.

University of Oxford

In May 2018, the Just Love student organization at the University of Oxford hosted a two-day human trafficking awareness event focused on modern-slavery in the clothing industry. Just Love put on their events at a new shopping center, which happened to be developed next to the square six young trafficking victims were found in 2013. This location proved to be an especially poignant opportunity to raise awareness of the injustices of human trafficking locally and around the world.

Students began their awareness efforts by contacting each of the clothing retailers in the center to inquire about their actions to prevent forced labor in their supply chains. They received mixed responses, from no response to blanket policy statements, with some retailers expressing sincere interest and offering resources for the awareness events.

After engaging the surrounding retailers, Oxford students took a two-day “Stand for Freedom,” in partnership with International Justice Mission, to provide students and the general public information on human trafficking in the clothing industry. Event organizers scheduled their events on a weekend to capitalize on the increased consumer traffic on those days. Particular areas of attraction included a Fair Trade stand with items from local Fair Trade retailers, a clothing swap where university students were encouraged to trade clothing in lieu of purchasing new pieces and a volunteer seamstress to mend older clothing. Attendees were invited to read their clothing labels and post to Twitter asking these designers “Who made my clothes?” This particular activity provided students and the general public practical tools to understand their impact as a consumer on forced labor.

University of South Florida

In January 2018, the University of South Florida invited the surrounding anti-trafficking community to directly engage with USF students and discuss collaborative models to combat human trafficking in Florida. Students had the opportunity to engage with survivor-leaders, law enforcement, community advocates and faculty members that specialize in human trafficking via panel discussions followed by an engaged World Café style discussion.

The World Café model is a strategy designed to offer structured conversations geared to facilitate knowledge sharing in a unique way. With over 120 participants, groups of individuals were divided across 15 tables and given a topic to reflect upon and then discuss with others at their table. After discussing a subject and generating ideas, the groups were then asked to switch tables to discuss a new topic with a new group of individuals. Teams of students were trained to serve as “table hosts” where they facilitated the discussion and used a mind mapping technique to capture a visual story of the conversation. Through these interactions, professionals, faculty members and students joined forces to identify innovative strategies for outreach, intervention, research and collaboration aimed to make an impact in the surrounding community, and established action steps for implementation.

This collaborative event lead to the revitalization of a local human trafficking task force in Tampa, the emergence of numerous new research projects inspired by event discussions, the planning of future awareness events and the development of innovative solutions to more effectively engage students with service learning projects to support community anti-trafficking efforts.

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