What We Do
AWARENESS – the main problem that we still face in our nation is ignorance. Most people believe that President Lincoln ended slavery. Fact is slavery never ended, there are now more slaves in the world than ever before in history.
Today many people believe that slavery and human trafficking only happens in foreign countries far away. Fact is it also happens in developed European nations and right here in the U.S.A. also.
Most people think that if it happens here that it only happens to illegal aliens or children that are abducted. Fact is it can happen to anyone here in the U.S. and the majority of cases prosecuted here in America are U.S. citizens trafficked through an abusive family member, the porn industry or by pimp/traffickers prostituting women and children.
There is so much ignorance and miss-information about the facts of human trafficking that we at OATH spend much of our time and resources educating people about the reality that modern day slaves live among us and are being exploited in our own back yard! We screen and show films on trafficking, our volunteers host awareness events like 5K runs, fun walks, art exhibits, poetry slams, drama productions, live music benefits and we conduct professional trainings: we will come to your school, church, organization or place of business to present an Awareness 101 with videos, we provide public awareness and we host a monthly meeting in cities across the state.
EDUCATION – we provide professional training workshops for a variety of disciplines, including: prosecutors & judges, law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, private investigators and security teams, fire & safety, social service providers, adult & child protective service providers, medical and mental health providers, clergy and chaplains, educators and business leaders.
- 20 to 30 min Introduction for a luncheon group or leadership team
- 45 to 50 min Discussion to a student group or class room
- 60 to 90 min Awareness 101 to a conference group, organization, or community forum
- Faith based presentations to churches, women’s groups, Sunday school classes, youth groups or men’s breakfast
- 2 to 4 hour Awareness Training for in-house staff personnel
- 4 to 8 hour Professional Training for agency personnel
- 8 hour Professional Community Training
CLICK HERE to learn more. We plan to soon offer online training materials, downloads, web cats and pod cast here at this website.
EVENTS – Awareness events are a fun way to inform others about this issue without over traumatizing them while they learn.
Consider helping us host with one of these and inviting others in your community:
- Screen a documented about trafficking or show a full feature movie on human trafficking at a theater, town hall or college
- Put on a dramatic play with local students of the arts and include a survivor story
- Host a benefit concert with local bands and ask them to write and debut a new song about human trafficking
- Set up a poetry slam or creative arts reading at a local coffee shop
- Invite local artist to contribute an original work of art with a trafficking theme and hold an art exhibit at a trendy location
- Have a wine & cheese party at a large home and have a speaker from OATH or survivor story
- Plan a 5K Run for Freedom with a fun walk at a local park or lake
- Plan a bicycle Ride for Freedom
- Organize a bike ride with you local motorcycle groups
- Sponsor a “Girls Gone Mild” event at your church and ask women to bring new items for the girls at our shelters
- Conduct a reading at the local library with survivor story
- Girls slumber party where they bake items and then sell in community to raise funds and awareness
- Community Garage NO-Sale where donated items are FREE to shoppers and donations are received
- Set up a booth for OATH with handouts and literature at other events in your city
ADVOCACY – is one of the most important parts of recovery for survivors of trafficking. Having someone in your corner that you can trust, that knows everything about you and still loves you, believes in you and encourages you to be all that you can be is essential to a trafficking victim’s recovery. We will soon offer advocacy training for our VOSTA program where men and women are equipped to understand, support and work with survivors in a long term meaningful relationship. Similar to a big sister/big brother program our advocates are there for the survivor on a weekly basis and available by phone at all times.
VOSTA training is a twelve week curriculum process that equips you to advocate and support the person you represent and requires a long term commitment to that individual… usually 2 to 5 years within our program and often a lifelong relationship that follows.
CLICK HERE to learn more and contact us if you are interested.