Creating the greatest collaborative impact on stopping human trafficking by increasing the number of individuals who chose to be informed, educated, and aware of the issue.
Actively participating in the political process to support our state and federal lawmakers to pass bills that address domestic and international human trafficking cases, prosecute traffickers and buyers, and provide services for survivors.
Engaging as a community of voices to effectively communicate our efforts to create change and end human trafficking with urgency and priority.
Using technology to measure online trafficking, reduce demand for trafficked sex, and help advocates connect with potential victims.
Trafficking Prevention for Schools is our program to educate and empower young people to become allies in the fight against human trafficking. The curriculum for high school students creates a safe environment for participants to discuss sensitive issues such as gender, sexuality, violence, oppression, and privilege. In the end, the students are equipped to understand human trafficking and exploitation, have healthy relationships, and understand both social and personal responsibility.
Our Men’s Accountability programs seek to engage men in discussing in a blame-free environment the cultural factors & behavior that lead to gender-based violence and sexual exploitation. Through programs like the 10-week Stopping Sexual Exploitation program and Men Engaging Men to End Violence, we aim to prevent human trafficking through education and personal responsibility.
A major component of our technology program, Freedom Signal, is the prevention of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation through deterrence of buyers who may be purchasing trafficked sex. With the use of search ad and social media deterrence, we aim to interrupt buyers in the process of exploiting potential trafficking victims.
To further our mission and model, we believe that support is a key role in our approach to ending human trafficking. We provide support through advocacy and legislative collaboration.
We are a voice for change in advocating for laws policies that better protect trafficking victims, provide adequate services for survivors, prosecute perpetrators, and prevent human trafficking and slavery. We have seen over the last decade that ordinary citizens can make a big difference when we engage in the political process. Encouraging citizens and community groups to get involved in the policy development around the issue help us drive our mission forward.
Washington is a model state in many ways for anti-human trafficking policy and we continue to advocate for improvements in the law. Policy is a critical component to SAS’s work for both international and domestic policies determine the greatest amount of impact for the greatest number of people. We collaborate with local law enforcement, NGOs, and policymakers to guide our policy strategy in the most comprehensive and informed way possible to support our state and federal lawmakers in passing bills that address all domestic and foreign nationals from human trafficking, labor slavery, sexual exploitation, and forced prostitution.
In order to end human trafficking, we must identify victims directly impacted and affected by trafficking and link them to effective and appropriate exiting/recovery services. Additionally, we must also engage and mobilize all community members because everyone in our community is a stakeholder in the fight to end human trafficking. Through our partnership with the Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking, we provide opportunities throughout all of King County for community members to learn about trafficking and share that knowledge and awareness forward with others.
Freedom Signal also helps us further our mission by using technology to identify potential victims of sex trafficking. Our automated tools help find and measure the number of potential victims who are being exploited online as well as connect them to advocates via text message to help get them the support they want.