13th Annual IN OUR BACKYARD Anti-trafficking & Missing Children Outreach Event
Saturday, January 29th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
(Lunch and Freedom Shirt Included)
Center of Hope in Inglewood, California!
IN OUR BACKYARD Links Arms Across America in the Fight Against Human Trafficking. The 13th Annual Linking Freedom In Our Backyard is a one-day public awareness and outreach event in which every member of the Los Angeles/Inglewood community is invited to participate and make a tactile difference as the 2022 Super Bowl Host City. For the past twelve years, city hosts link arms to "do something" that empowers the community, survivors, and local nonprofits in the fight against human trafficking.
Did you know 1 in 6 missing children are trafficked according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children? Join the event to make a positive difference and a safer community!
Register for this Free Event:
Missing Children booklets and Freedom Sticker Community Outreach empowers every person to understand human trafficking risks, learn to report, and distribute prevention and resource materials to assigned convenience store routes.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Join local experts for a Community Specific Human Trafficking 101 training. Activities are hosted to promote networking during the event to engage the community with local anti-trafficking organizations and efforts. Missing Children Booklets are provided and canvased through city areas. Freedom T-shirts are available on a first come first served basis
12:30PM-1:00pm Lunch and Learn for Outreach: Immediately after the morning activities enjoy a quick grab lunch and Q&A with child sex trafficking survivor leader Cheryl Csiky, Executive Director of IN OUR BACKYARD who will prepare volunteers for their assigned routes to visit local convenience stores where they distribute provided materials, Freedom Stickers, and missing children booklets so store employees can keep an eye out and report any missing children and others who may be trafficked to operation efforts. Grab lunch, learn, and go!
Convenience stores care about the community and are the eyes and ears for community safety! Many survivors of human trafficking say they were brought to convenience stores every day while being exploited. Late hours of operation, public restrooms, and selling merchandise for basic needs, uniquely positions convenience store employees to watch for and report signs of human trafficking. Check out last year's event in Tampa Bay and IOB on CNN!
* This training is recommended for ages 10+. (Those between ages 10-17, need to be accompanied by a parent/adult.)
IN OUR BACKYARD is a national leader with more than a decade of dedication to the fight against sex and labor trafficking. IOB links arms in the fight against human trafficking by empowering communities to prevent this atrocity and creating access to freedom for victims of human trafficking (HT). Exposed to the devastating realities of HT, IOB Founder Nita Belles was driven to take action to stop the exploitation of children, women, and men. Her book, In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What You Can Do to Stop It, has been acclaimed as the primer on human trafficking in America. For more information, go to www.inourbackyard.org