There are some amazing brands fighting against trafficking by encouraging survivors to be part of a community & feel empowered through employment! Check out these ethical brands empowering survivors. By shopping their products you’re supporting the healing and new start for survivors. Many of these brands have resources to learn more about trafficking, the signs, and how to take action.
What is human trafficking?? According to the Human Trafficking Hotline, “Human trafficking is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Human trafficking affects individuals across the world, including here in the United States, and is commonly regarded as one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time.” The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally. And yes, unfortunately it happens here in America too. For more information please consider the resources from the Human Trafficking Hotline.
New Creation: Shop for Justice
New Creation partners with ethical brands all over the world to carry a wide range of products that are made by survivors or artisans in vulnerable communities at risk of being trafficked. New Creation’s survivor made goods include jewelry, home goods, toys, & more.
Malia Designs: Designed to Carry a Cause
Malia Designs is a socially responsible brand that designs and sells fair trade handbags and accessories. Malia Designs products are handcrafted in Cambodia and every purchase helps to fight human trafficking. Bags are crafted using responsible materials such as recycled cement bags, up-cycled cotton, & more.
BRANDED Collective: Jewelry Empowering Survivors
BRANDED Collective provides job training and employment to survivors of human trafficking in Nashville. Each BRANDED item is stamped with an initial and a number. The initial belongs to the survivor who made your cuff. You can read her story on BRANDED's website. The number is your unique number in the Collective. You can register this number and send a Message of Hope to the survivors.
Thistle Farms: Love Heals
Thistle Farms products directly impact the healing and empowerment of women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction in the USA. Thistle Farms helps survivors with job training, employment, medical attention, housing, healing & more. Shop their line of handmade body & home goods to support their mission.
Ethic Goods: Empowering Style
Ethic Goods empowers survivors of human trafficking through their partnerships with holistic care non-profits in South East Asia. Ethic Goods provides employment for the survivors through the creation of meaningful jewelry, connecting consumers with their stories.
The Tote Project: Fair Trade Totes
The Tote Project’s inspirational bags are handmade by survivors of human trafficking through their partnership with Freeset Global, a World Fairtrade certified organization that provides employment and second chances to these women. Each bag comes with a Human Trafficking Awareness Card which lists signs of modern day slavery & provides resources for further action. From The Tote Project's proceeds, 10% go to the nonprofit, Two Wings which mentors at risk youth and survivors of sex trafficking. Two Wings helps these individuals identify their goals and dreams, creating a plan of action after they are rescued.
Landmine Design: Jewelry & Empowerment
Landmine Design is empowering women in The Minefield Village situated between Cambodia and Thailand by providing training and employment. While sex-trafficking is prevalent in this area, Landmine Design is a safe haven for women to gain a sense of community while receiving a fair salary through jewelry creation.