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Join Me to Fight Child Trafficking on Sept. 16

Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives: Join me to end child trafficking on Sept. 16.

End child trafficking on Sept 16

Do you want to help in the fight against child sex trafficking?

Tell your friends about September 16th. On that day, hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals across the US will come together for “Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives,” raising awareness and funds to fight child sex trafficking. Click here for the website.

One small donation makes you part of a huge movement.

 

What is this event, anyway?

It’s called “Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives,”—because everybody’s kids are at risk of being trafficked.

“Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives” is a relatively new event on the anti-trafficking scene. It was conceived at TED 2013, where “a group of influencers were challenged to tackle the issue of child sex trafficking.”

It’s such a big issue. Where do you even start? Fortunately, these people are influencers for a reason. They realized that there was already a vast network of support for trafficking victims, and for preventing trafficking, in place (not counting federal and state law enforcement agencies). By mobilizing multiple organizations and activists at the same time, they could raise thousands—if not hundreds of thousands—of dollars for the cause, and substantially increase public awareness.

So the event was born.

 

How do donations work for organizations and individuals?

Non-profits that participate will be eligible for $50,000 in prize incentives. (So if your 501(c)(3) tax deductible non-profit registered with the IRS isn’t involved . . . sign up! Here’s more about the incentives.)

There are already dozens of organizations and non-profits involved. Some organizations act locally, such as Courtney’s House in Washington D.C., Casa de la Familia in California, and the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Others have a more international outreach, like Polaris Project, and Crisis Aid International.

Individuals can either donate through the website, or set up a fundraiser. To set up a fundraiser, all you have to do is go to the event’s homepage, click “Create Fundraiser,” select a charity to raise funds for, title your fundraiser, and share it with all your friends on social media.

They’ve made it as simple as possible to give to an important cause by supporting an organization aligned with your values. The minimum donation is $10, but you can give as much as you want. You can also schedule your donations in advance, so you don’t have to write little notes everywhere to remember Sept. 16.

Learn more about the rules here.

 

It’s so easy to get involved!

I’m running a fundraiser for “Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives.” My fundraiser is simply called “Join Me to Fight Child Trafficking on Sept. 16.” (What? It’s descriptive.)

Proceeds go to the Sex Workers Project in New York, which is run by the Urban Justice Center.

If you want to help in the anti-trafficking fight, it can’t get easier than this.

 

Why did I pick the Sex Workers Project?

When I was 20, I was a PA for a high-end escort. She taught me about the struggles sex workers face to work their chosen careers. . .but also about the abuse and exploitation of trafficking victims, many of whom are minors.

Sex Workers Project is one of the only causes I’ve found that supports both sex workers and trafficking victims (which are not the same thing).

We need to stop referring to victims of trafficking as “prostitutes.” They are not. There is all the difference in the world between sex workers and victims, just like there’s all the difference in the world between sex and rape.

The Sex Workers Project is standing up for the sexual rights, health, and freedom of everyone touched by the commercial sex industry.

If you’d prefer to donate through a different organization, there are plenty there to choose from. Maybe there’s even one in your state.

And if you want to set up your own fundraiser, you can do that too. (Hey, if I can do it, anybody can.) You don’t need legions of fans or followers. You don’t need to build a fancy website to make your fundraiser look awesome—the cool people at “Everyone’s Kids” have already done that for you. You don’t even need to think up a super-amazing fundraiser title.

All you have to do is care. It takes less than five minutes to give and help out.

So click on my fundraiser link. Check out “Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives.” Donate to a good cause. Share with your friends. Help and feel good.

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L. Marrick is a fiction writer and freelance copywriter. 50% of proceeds from her book Working Girl, a memoir of her time working for a professional escort, go to sex trafficking non-profits. She waxes poetic about swords and the Renaissance Faire at her author blog. She looks all professional-like at her copywriting site. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter @LMarrick.

© L. Marrick 2014. The content of this article, except for quoted or linked source materials, is protected by copyright. Please contact the author at the above links to request usage.


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