We Have a Funding Shortfall
The cornonavirus pandemic has caused dramatic changes to the very fabric of our society. There has been a stunning shift in how we socialize, learn and care for our communities. That shift is reflected in how NC Stop Human Trafficking operates its four core action items today.
Though so many things have come to a standstill during this time, we know that sex and labor trafficking is still very much thriving in North Carolina. We knew that we could not suspend any of our programs. With this understanding, we pivoted to a completely virtual format.
Our programming is in full operation still, however, we have reached a funding shortfall due to cancelled events and fundraisers.
We have lost considerable revenue due to the cancellations or lack of interest during events where we sell fair trade. All of our fair trade sales go right back to our community programming. With the sharp decrease in events and customers, we are met with a considerable gap in funding.
We were also forced to cancel our anticipated spring fundraiser, which resulted again in a funding shortfall.
As this nonprofit, along with so many organizations and individuals, grapple with the ramifications of this pandemic, we humbly ask you for help.
We also want you to know where this money will go. With that, please take a look at our programming and how many people we have been able to reach.
Awareness, Training & Education
NC Stop Human Trafficking has four action items to facilitate our mission, which include awareness and education; development services for localized anti-human trafficking coalitions; legislative advocacy; and introducing fair trade principles and products into the local market.
Awareness, training and education around human trafficking improve victim identification and prevention locally. Our education initiatives include valuable information about sex trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of children, child sexual abuse images and labor trafficking; how to recognize the red flags of a possible victim and how to safely report suspicions.
Our shift to virtual-only allowed us more flexibility in programming. We have a small staff and because of that our programming reflected our organizational capacity.
This shift allowed us to expand our programming to add educational sessions that have a hyper focus on labor trafficking, pornography, and internet safety.
We have begun addressing intersectionality with pornography and human trafficking, and we have started working to empower caregivers and parents in how to keep their children safe online. Check out our community education virtual programs coming up.
So far in 2020, we have reached 2,750 people.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit our state, we had plans of in-depth, in-person training for educators, counselors, health care providers and community members.
As a staff, we were left wondering, what this means. We took what was planned, and with great consideration and thought about effectiveness, prevention and restoration, we shifted.
By April, NC Stop Human Trafficking's programming had gone completely virtual. And that decision and that act resulted in expansion.
In 2019 -- for the whole year -- we reached 1,915 people who completed in-person education sessions.
When we shifted to virtual out of necessity, we ended up surpassing that number in just 7 months.
Through July, which also includes a few in-person programs, we talked to 23 service providing groups, 10 government entities, and 24 community and youth groups. We held 11 webinars and 9 professional virtual trainings.
Social Media Digital Campaigns reach more than 6,000
As exhibition after exhibition began to cancel, we knew that we needed to do something to keep the enthusiasm for the anti-human trafficking movement going.
So, we pivoted to social media, the new bastion of rallying support and motivation.
With our Fashion Revolution Week and World Day Against Trafficking in Persons social media campaigns, we reached more than 6,000 people.
This number does not account for our consistent digital presence of daily posting, tweeting and sharing about the truths of human trafficking in this state and nation. It also doesn't include our increased web-based content through blogs, videos, op-eds and our monthly radio spot.
NC Stop Human Trafficking has also shifted to its development services for localized coalitions to a virtual format.
We are hosting the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking’s coalition meeting online and gathering and sharing information about what area agencies are doing during the pandemic and assisting in getting local agencies needs met. We are also assisting in the development of coalitions in the northeast part of North Carolina virtually, as well.
NC Stop Human Trafficking staff has continued to foster community relationships across the state.
Staff at NC Stop Human Trafficking are active members of the BRACE collaborative, the Pitt County Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families, Pitt County Resource Connection, ECU Community Partners and Greene County LICC.
We also still maintain our membership in the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking and attend the now virtual N.C. Human Trafficking Commission meeting regularly.
NC Stop Human Trafficking is now taking the time to flesh out our legislative advocacy agenda. On the state level and local level, our elected officials are focused on the pandemic initiatives, and we are not going to interrupt that work. However, we are taking this time to cultivate a cogent strategy for when we are able to advocate for stronger anti-human trafficking legislation when the time is right.
Fair Trade Initiative
For NC Stop Human Trafficking’s fair trade initiative, we switched it into high gear and developed an entire online store to sell our fair trade products. We also launched the Fair Traders Project social media initiative to focus messaging around fair trade principles and encouraging support of it in an effort to curb human trafficking globally.
We thank you
It has been a tough year for everyone, and we would like to thank you, personally. Without our fall fundraiser sponsors, our members, and our generous supporters through individual donations, we would not have been able to reach so many people.
It is with great gratitude that the staff at NC Stop Human Trafficking says thank you to all our supporters. It is also with great hope that you will continue to show your unwavering support. This year isn't over yet, and we still need to carry these programs and the only way we are able to do that is through the generosity of our statewide community.