We believe, as a collective force with brave ideas, we can end human trafficking.
Every ADVOCATE product sold funds transparent giving so that we can drive authentic, measurable change to end human trafficking.
At our foundation is the belief to give more and take less, which is why we give 100% of our top line revenue to non-profit partners who directly address three critical areas:
Prevention, Prosecution, and Protection = The "3P" Paradigm
By wearing our pieces, not only do you walk with survivors, you wear the story of how we, as a collective force, end human trafficking.
Human trafficking is big business - a multi-billion-dollar industry worldwide - with an estimated 4.8 million victims in forced sexual exploitation globally.
Of those victims, 1 million are children with the average age of entry being just 11-14 years old. But the truth is, it's often much, much younger.
The growing trend of traffickers using online social media platforms to recruit and advertise targets has made it easier than ever to gain access to our children and teens.
It's not just foreign nationals being trafficked across the border - in the U.S., 83% of trafficking victims are U.S. citizens - mostly young women and girls, although there is growing evidence that more young boys are being targeted and recruited through gaming and social media apps.
The United States is ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for human trafficking, and California - with one of the highest rates of reported cases nationwide - consistently ranks as one of the worst offenders.
Our Commitment: 2021-2022
In our first year, we are committed to supporting survivor success by funding:
- safe shelter, where survivors can heal and find restoration;
- whole-person holistic services such as trauma-informed therapy, mentorship and individualized life skills so they can flourish as they move away from a life of exploitation; and
- pathways into education and employment to generate a strong life purpose and gain financial independence for long-term success.
We want to lift up those who have been exploited and rewrite the toxic narrative they were led to believe, so that they can truly live a free and purpose-filled life.
How We Do It
2021 - 2022 Partnership
The Center For Justice and Reconciliation at PLNU leads nationally recognized research projects, community leadership and educational outreach. They run several programs that not only provide pathways into education and employment for survivors, including full college scholarships, but also a program called KNOW More. This program goes into middle and high schools, completely free of charge, and educates our youth to recognize the red flags and vulnerabilities around trafficking and equips them to take action for themselves and their peers.
Although Covid-19 has currently halted the in-person program, the silver lining has been the creation of an interactive online version that will be rolled out this year (2022). This means we can reach more schools, more students, and ultimately stop the abuse before it happens.
Find out more here.
The San Diego Family Justice Center is part of the Office of the City Attorney, and provides walk in services for both victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.
City Attorney, Mara Elliott, has prioritized protecting the most vulnerable victims of violence and exploitation and is dedicated in the fight against human trafficking. There is now a safe place for survivors at the Family Justice Center where they provide counseling, workforce readiness support, legal advice, and other assistance to help victims break free from a life of violence and go from survivor, to thriver.
Find out more here.
At ADVOCATE. we provide an entry for advocate's just like you to get involved in the anti-trafficking movement.
So join us, because together is the only way we will end human trafficking.