While the statistics on Human Trafficking are almost paralyzingly overwhelming, we take comfort in knowing that water carves valleys out of solid rock; and ordinary people such and you and I CAN make a difference – one life at a time.  Sometimes we think, “but what can I do?“  To that question, Mother Teresa had a great answer:

I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual. I can  only love one person at a time – just one, one, one. So you begin. I began – I  picked up one person. Maybe if I didn’t pick up that one person, I wouldn’t have  picked up forty-two thousand….The same thing goes for you, the same thing in your family, the same thing in your church, your community. Just begin – one,  one, one.


There are many, many opportunities for young and old alike to volunteer with The Defender Foundation … as we like to say, being an observer is just not an option. The Defender Foundation was formed to help answer that overwhelming, gut-wrenching feeling that screams inside of us, “What can I DO to help stop this?”

Here are just a few ways volunteers can get involved in the fight:

1.       Awareness/Education Efforts

  • Hand out flyers/brochures around town, particularly highly populated areas on weekends (contact your local Defender Foundation office – or our National office)
  • Talk to Hotel Management/Staff (formal training program in multiple languages is being developed) – Help them identify how to spot traffickers using their facilities
  • Host Documentary Movie Nights around town
  • Serve on the Advertisement Campaign Committee for monthly chapter meetings and other TDF events (Florida)
  • Re-Post TDF videos and news stories on your social media pages

2.       Fundraising Efforts

  • Be a part of the Planning Committee for annual Defender Foundation fundraiser events
  • Make Survival Bracelets for handing out at Awareness Team events
  • Serve on the general Fundraising Committee and help formulate new funding ideas
  • Nominate TDF in your company’s Matching Funds program

3.       Outreach Efforts

  • Tabitha’s House – awaiting response on their needs
  • Cross-in-my-pocket: An easy craft for victim care-packages to donate to shelters
  • Research, outreach, and build relationships with local churches
  • Research, outreach, and build relationships with other shelters (primary focus on SE U.S. and Washington State)

4.       Prevention Efforts

  • Design educational brochures, flyers and media to be sent overseas in various languages.
  • Develop awareness programs designed for youth (some censorship needed based on age group) with target emphasis on “at-risk” youth
  • Be a part of a Brainstorm Team for prevention efforts towards the “Johns” (help to prevent such high demand)

5.       Defender Teams (Shield Team requires application and approval to participate.  Click here for application and waiver.)

  • Shield Team – trained for victim retrievals and transport to shelters
  • Phone Team – trained to field incoming hotline calls from victims and/or witnesses
  • Club Team – trained to enter various clubs to raise awareness and/or keep an eye out for suspicious activity (Shield Teams must be present at all times)
  • Translation Team – on call to translate for Phone Team, TDF literature, or any other needs that arise (can schedule a rotation system so not on-call 24/7)

Lastly, you can always donate financially to help build a shelter/restoration center for rescued victims of Human Trafficking, or to help defray the cost of the expensive equipment that is used by our Shield Team members.  You gift is tax-deductible and greatly appreciated!


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