Today, we recognize National Human Trafficking Awareness Day—a powerful opportunity to learn more about trafficking, speak up for victims and survivors, and commit ourselves to ending this horrific crime. It’s an important day and one we are proud to honor, but our work to end trafficking and support survivors continues every day of the year.
Human trafficking is not a far-away or long-ago issue; it is a devastating crime affecting our neighbors right now. Girls as young as 10 years old are being groomed and trafficked here in our communities. In Connecticut, over 1,300 kids have been referred to the Department of Children and Families as possible victims of child sex trafficking since 2014.
The Rowan Center remains committed to providing counseling and resources to victims and their families—helping them heal from the unimaginable. In addition, our team is educating school staff, parents, and children about this growing danger—including what to look for, how to respond, and how to take action.
Join us this Human Trafficking Awareness Day as we shed light on the problem and empower our community to recognize the signs of grooming and trafficking, report suspicious activities, and advocate for policies that protect our children.
We must work together to dismantle a culture that allows trafficking to persist. Through education, outreach, and support for survivors, we can equip our community to end trafficking.
Take a stand with us and help build a safer community—today, tomorrow, and far into the future. Thank you for honoring National Human Trafficking Awareness Day with us.