The Abolish Movement

About

Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) joined the Association of Junior Leagues International’s initiative, the ABOLISH Movement, in 2019 and is committed to uplifting the anti-trafficking efforts of experts in the field through free educational programming for the public and JLNO members.

The Abolish Movement was founded in 2014 by the Junior League of Tampa to unite Tampa organizations and agencies in drawing attention to the problem of child sex slavery in the Tampa Bay area. In 2017, the Association of Junior Leagues International adopted ABOLISH as an association-wide initiative. The ABOLISH Movement has since expanded to educate the public about all forms of human trafficking.

JLNO is committed to raising awareness, providing support, and putting an end to this heinous crime. To learn more about the issue and how you can help, visit the ABOLISH homepage and join us at our awareness events next month.

 

Upcoming Events

“Stopping Traffic” Talk

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 6 – 7 p.m.
The community is invited to join Junior League of New Orleans in watching and discussing, “Stopping Traffic”, an inspiring documentary featuring heroes of the anti-sex-trafficking movement and bringing light to their efforts to raise awareness and provide solutions. Registrants should watch the film for free through Pluto TV or another online streaming service prior to the talk on Dec. 15.

Participating in the online talk is the Director of “Stopping Traffic” and an award-winning filmmaker, Sadhvi Siddhali Shree,  Eden House founder and CEO, Kara Van de Carr, and moderator, Susan Dold, Systems Administrator for Truckers Against Trafficking.

Public Registration: Click Here
Member Registration: Visit Digital Cheetah (3 training credits)

Survivor Stories Panel Discussion

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 6 – 7 p.m.

Held in conjuction with Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Junior League of New Orleans will host the virtual event, “Survior Stories,” on Tuesday, January 25 at 6 p.m. This online event will feature stories of human trafficking victims and will be moderated by Jennifer Ray, Coordinator for the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force. Learn about the realities of trafficking, resources available to victims, and ways the community can support anti-trafficking efforts. Speakers to be announced. 

Speakers to be announced.

Public Registration: Click Here
Member Registration: Visit Digital Cheetah (2 training credits)


Frequently Ask Questions

Q: What is human trafficking?
A: Human trafficking is when a person is physically forced, tricked or psychologically coerced into providing sex or labor services. Human trafficking can happen to anyone — children, adults, elders, men, women, transgender, gender nonconforming, U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.

Q: Who is being trafficked, and why are some individuals more at risk?
A: Traffickers take advantage of the most vulnerable populations. This is particularly true for those who are marginalized or have a compromised legal status, such as foreign nationals or formerly incarcerated people.

Q: Is human trafficking a prevalent issue in New Orleans?
A: The term ‘trafficking’ is relatively new, but human trafficking has happened in New Orleans for as long as the city has existed. However, we have limited data to understand the magnitude of sex and labor trafficking in the city because trafficking is a hidden crime. Many times, victims and survivors of trafficking do not come forward.

Q: If I see someone who might be a victim of trafficking, what should I do?
A: If you see someone who might be a victim of trafficking, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. This is the best way to connect to local partners in the Greater New Orleans area to support the potential victim.

How can I make a difference and help put an end to trafficking?
A: If we can go “upstream” and work toward preventing vulnerabilities, we can help prevent trafficking from happening. The best means for prevention is to support initiatives that improve housing security, living wages, childhood wellness and development, equality and access to services.

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Resources

If you are a victim or want to report an incident, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll free at 1-888-373-7888. Help is available 24/7.

Organizations:
Covenant House
Eden House
The Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force
Loyola Modern Slavery Research Project
Metanoia Home Baton Rouge
Truckers Against Trafficking

ABOLISH Webinars:
Human Trafficking 101
It’s Time to Take Action

Media Coverage:
Let’s Talk About Human Trafficking
Truckers Educate New Orleans on Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Junior League Hosts Human Trafficking Awareness Exhibit
JLNO Joins the Nationwide ABOLISH Movement