Final Round – Please Vote with Me to Fight Slavery on Change.org
As many of you already know, there are over 27 million modern-day slaves around the world. Nevertheless, most don’t know that thousands of these slaves are trafficked into the United States each year (~14,000 to 17,500 annually). Many of victims of human trafficking end up in labor farms, restaurants, massage parlors, prostitution, and domestic service.
Change.org has created in response to Barack Obama’s call for increased citizen involvement in government. The final round of voting began on January 5 and is comprised of the top 3 rated ideas from each of the 30 issues in the first round of the competition, which collectively received more than 250,000 votes.
My idea about building trafficking shelters in the US made it to the final round. Currently, there are only a couple of shelters in the US solely dedicated to trafficking victims. Here is my idea:
- In light of the recent growth of awareness and practice of reporting human trafficking suspicion around the country (which has resulted in more rescues and arrests), I would like to see our government help fund a national media campaign to build more trafficking shelters around the United States. In addition, our government could also award some of our private, recognized service providers with funding for building and operating shelters for trafficking victims.
On January 16, Change.org and the Case Foundation are co-hosting an event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to announce the top 10 rated ideas and then launch a national campaign behind each idea and mobilize the collective energy of the millions of members of Change.org, MySpace, and partner organizations to ensure that each winning idea gets the full consideration of the Obama Administration and Members of Congress.
In other words, this is NOT simply a popularity vote, it will create change in our country. PLEASE take a minute to vote for my idea by clicking here.
I got a late start on the voting so I am currently really behind. Help me catch up by voting and telling your friends. In worse case, many will still hear about the need for trafficking shelters.
Many thanks for your participation!