Supporting Our Survivors is committed to raising funds for the purpose of assisting law enforcement in the rescue of victims of human trafficking, allocation of funds, services, or programs designed to benefit
victims of human trafficking.
Why a Blue Heart?
The Blue Heart represents the sadness of those who are trafficked, while reminding us of the cold-heartedness of those who buy and sell fellow human beings.
July 30th - WORLD AGAINST TRAFFICKING
The Crime of human trafficking affects an estimated 25 million people around the world.
Sex Trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States.
Each year 100,000- 300,000 people are victims of Sex Trafficking in the United States.
Girls younger than 11 years old are victims of Sex Trafficking here in Northern Nevada.
In 2013, The office of The Attorney General spearheaded legislation that defined Sex Trafficking as a crime and increased penalties for perpetrators.
We wanted to bring renewed attention to S.O.S. (Supporting our Survivors)!!
S.O.S. is a non-profit organization designated for the sole purpose of raising funds for victims of Sex trafficking directly or through programs to assist law enforcement in prosecution of perpetrators.
Since the passage of this legislation, members of S.O.S. have been raising money for victims of Sex Trafficking and prosecutions of sex traffickers have increased and task forces have been created across the state.
Go to our event page for future events and ways you can assist.
Use and abuse of technology
This year’s theme focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can both enable and impede human trafficking.
With the global expansion in the use of technology - intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift of our everyday life to online platforms -- the crime of human trafficking has conquered cyber space. The internet and digital platforms offer traffickers numerous tools to recruit, exploit, and control victims; organize their transport and accommodation; advertise victims and reach out to potential clients; communicate among perpetrators; and hide criminal proceeds – and all that with greater speed, cost-effectiveness and anonymity.
However, in the use of technology also lies great opportunity. Future success in eradicating human trafficking will depend on how law enforcement, the criminal justice systems and others can leverage technology in their responses, including by aiding investigations to shed light on the modus operandi of trafficking networks; enhancing prosecutions through digital evidence to alleviate the situation of victims in criminal proceedings; and providing support services to survivors. Prevention and awareness-raising activities on the safe use of the internet and social media could help mitigate the risk of people falling victim to trafficking online. Cooperation with the private sector is important to harness innovation and expertise for the development of sustainable, technology-based solutions to support the prevention and combatting of human trafficking. #EndHumanTrafficking