Our Prevention and Education Program is a vital part of the work we do at Love True. This program has trained over 5,000 individuals across New Jersey and we continue to add to that number weekly. Last year we were excited to hire our full-time director of the program, Alec. Today we’ll hear from him, how he initially found out about human trafficking and why he cares about it.
I care because that’s what it takes to make a difference. When I first learned about human trafficking and how prevalent it is, even in the United States, I asked myself, “Why isn’t everyone talking about this?” Then I came face to face with the answer: Because they don’t know. Just moments earlier, before I had been told about human trafficking, I wasn’t talking about it because I didn’t know about it. If that professor hadn’t taught me, I wouldn’t have known, and I would have had no way of caring. That’s when I really started to care. It takes people who care to educate people who don’t know so that they can care and pay it forward.
Realistically, it wasn’t an overly emotional response that moved me toward action that day, it was more of a logical decision: I saw the need and wanted to step in and fill it. One of our volunteer leaders once shared: “We have an obligation to the voiceless and those living in the cycle of hell on earth. Even if the emotions or the understanding of or the empathy for sex trafficking isn’t fully there, moving to action requires none of these.” - Chloe Contarino. Of course, as I learned more about human trafficking, the emotions, understanding, and empathy followed suit, but my initial introduction into it was more depicted by what Chloe shared here.
I was offered a choice that day in the wake of learning about this injustice: I could sit idly by and let it happen or I could step up and work to stop it. And it’s because I chose to care that day that I am where I am today, several years later. Today, I get to play the role that professor played in my life that day. I learned to care, and now I get to teach other people so that they can learn to care as well. And although one person cannot end human trafficking alone, we can do it together. Another one of our volunteers phrased it well: “With an intensely devoted group of people with a definiteness of purpose and a burning desire to achieve it, we will end human trafficking in our lifetime.” - Dayna
As Alec said, knowing comes with a choice. You can choose to care. If you would like to learn more about the Prevention and Education Program, schedule a training, or talk to Alec more about his story you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org