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Want to donate to a good cause this holiday season, but not sure where?
Here’s a list of organizations and coalitions that support victims of human trafficking, raise awareness, and fight to stop the problem. They’re at work either internationally, nationwide, or in your home state.
This list is not definitive. I chose one organization from each state, which means some amazing people have been left off. However, this list does provide a convenient quick-reference for the do-gooder who doesn’t have time to research where they can do the most good in their area. Also, keep in mind that just because an organization is listed under a specific state, that doesn’t mean they don’t work nationally, or even internationally. Sometimes, the state listed is just where they’re based.
Some states don’t have easy-to-find resources. In such cases, I’ve grouped them in with another nearby state. You can also opt for supporting a national or international organization.
International — Polaris Project
Ah, good old Polaris Project. They’re one of the most well-known anti-human organizations in the country, if not the world, and run the National Human Trafficking Resource Center and hotline, where victims and survivors can call for help anytime, day or night.
Alabama — The Wellhouse
Alaska — The Salvation Army, Alaska Division
Arizona — Arizona League to End Regional Trafficking (ALERT)
Arkansas — P.A.T.H.
California — Not For Sale
Colorado — Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
Connecticut — Love146
Delaware — Safe Horizon
Georgia — Out of Darkness
Hawaii — Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery
Illinois — End Demand Illinois
Indiana — The Julian Center
Iowa — See Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin
Kansas — Exodus Cry
Kentucky — Rescue and Restore
Louisiana — Louisiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Maryland — Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Massachusetts — My Life, My Choice
Michigan —Michigan Abolitionist Project
Minnesota — Breaking Free
Mississippi — The Center for Violence Prevention
Montana — See Idaho, South Dakota and Colorado
Nebraska — Tiny Hands International
Nevada — Purple Wings
New Hampshire — New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
New Jersey — New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking
New Mexico — The Life Link
New York — Sex Workers Project
North Carolina — Transforming Hope
North Dakota — See South Dakota
Oklahoma — Never For Sale
Oregon — Abolition Now
Pennsylvania — The Project to End Human Trafficking
Rhode Island — Family Service of Rhode Island
South Carolina — The Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking
South Dakota — Be Free
Tennessee — End Slavery Tennessee
Texas — United Against Human Trafficking
Utah — See Colorado or Nevada
Vermont — Give Way to Freedom
Virginia — Richmond Justice Initiative
Washington — Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network
Washington, DC — Courtney’s House
West Virginia — The Salvation Army, Maryland/West Virginia Division
Wisconsin — Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Wyoming — See Colorado and South Dakota
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 anti-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.
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