The start of the New Year represents a time of renewed hope. At Thorn, we’re proud of the accomplishments we’ve made in 2014, and are confident that we’ll make even more significant strides in driving technological innovations to combat slavery, human trafficking, and child sexual exploitation in 2015.
There’s no better time to renew the focus on our mission to bring an end to the commercial sexual exploitation of children than in January, which marks National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2015.
“During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we stand with the survivors, advocates, and organizations dedicated to building a world where our people and our children are not for sale.” – President Barack Obama, official White House proclamation
Working together to fight human trafficking
Combating human trafficking, including child sex trafficking, is a collaborative effort. In the past year, Thorn was proud to host a hackathon that brought together the best and brightest minds in technology to find innovative ways to prevent child trafficking. In an effort to continue the amazing work that surfaced during the Thorn Hackathon, we were inspired to create three technology fellowships, to tap into the brightest minds in the fields of data science and engineering interested in using their skills to combat a real-world problem.
In addition to strides made through technology, 2014 saw state governments across the nation improve their anti-human trafficking laws dramatically. As part of their yearly report on human trafficking laws, our friends at Polaris rated states based on their ability to respond to sex-trafficking related crimes as well as laws in place.
During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we’d like to ask you to continue to be informed about child sex trafficking and the ways in which technology plays a role. We encourage you to stay involved and help raise awareness in your own community about the issue in an effort to keep the conversation going 365 days a year.
To learn more about child sex trafficking and Thorn’s role in combatting it, watch this video, learn more about our work, and don’t forget to take action on social media or sign up for our newsletter below.