It's National Human Trafficking Awareness Day today! I wanted to take the time to introduce you to a few brands Give a Damn Goods carries that empower survivors of trafficking.
So what is human trafficking?? The Human Trafficking Hotline states, “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....far too often!
Thankfully there are many wonderful social enterprises working with survivors to heal & re-enter society. Part of this is through dignified and reliable work opportunities surrounded by positive community members. Discover survivor made products from these ethical brands. By supporting their missions you're supporting the recovery process and fight against human trafficking.
Malia Designs bags & accessories help create employment opportunities for disadvantaged people (mainly women) in Cambodia. This socially responsible brand also donates a portion of proceeds to nonprofit organizations fighting human trafficking in Cambodia and in the US. Malia Designs products are consciously “Designed to Carry a Cause" as they support the fight against human-trafficking. As members of the Fair Trade Federation, Malia Designs ensures fair wages and respect through out their supply chain. Many of their bags are made with recycled materials too! Ethically made & eco-conscious, it's a win, win!Shop Malia Designs
BRANDED Collective provides job training and employment to survivors of human trafficking in Nashville. Many victims of human trafficking are BRANDED; their captors physically mark them with a number or symbol. The BRANDED Collective stands against this brutal practice. Each 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.Shop BRANDED Collective
While living in Nashville, I was able to visit Thistle Farms to witness the positive impact this social enterprise has on women. Thistle Farms is a brand of natural home and body products handcrafted by survivors of addiction, prostitution, and human trafficking. Thistle Farm's employment program is just one of many ways this social enterprise is empowering women.Shop Thistle Farms
More Survivor Made Products
Courage, Dear Heart Cuff
Social Impact: BRANDED Collective provides job training and employment to survivors of human trafficking in Nashville. Many victims of human trafficking are BRANDED; their captors physically mark them with a number or symbol. The BRANDED Collective stands against this brutal practice. 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 our website. The number is your unique number in the Collective. You can register this number and send a Message of Hope to our survivors. View all BRANDED Collective jewelry here.
Product Description: These three words are a gift from author C.S. Lewis. When life is hard, when the mountains seem too high, when the tears are about to flow or perhaps already have burst forth, when our bodies are weary... remember: Courage, dear heart. You've got this and you are loved. All will be well. Rest, and know it. Our Courage, Dear Heart quote cuff includes your unique BRANDED number and the initials of the survivor who made it on the back. Read about the survivor who made it here and register your unique number here along with a message of hope.Bracelets bend to individual wrist size. Cuffs are 1/4 inch wide and 6 inches long, and are available in aluminum, brass or copper.
Small Crossbody Purse
Social Impact: Malia Designs products are handcrafted in Cambodia and every purchase helps to fight Human Trafficking. "Designed to Carry a cause," the purchase of this item supports dignified employment opportunities for women in developing communities. Malia Designs is part of the Fair Trade Federation, a third party ensuring fair trade practices.
Product Description: The small crossbody bag combines a grey/olive green screenprint design and durable upcycled cotton canvas. There's an outer pocket that's perfect for stashing your phone and keys.These fair trade handbags are great for slinging over yourself and heading out the door. A wonderful ethical gift for your fashionista friend too.
- Upcycled Cotton canvas
- Long adjustable strap
- Zip close
- Outer pocket
- Interior zip pocket
- Cotton lining
- 8"L x 2"W x 10" H
Exfoliating Body Scrub
Social Impact: Your purchase of Thistle Farms products directly impacts 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. Learn more about Thistle Farms mission & impact here. Shop all Thistle Farms products here.
Product Description: Delicate granules of fine salt blended with pure essential oils that leaves skin beautifully nourished and smooth. This moisturizing body polish is formulated with gentle soap and coconut oil to cleanse and rejuvenate skin for softer, brighter results. Available in Eucalyptus Mint, Lavender, and Citrus Wood each provide an uplifting aroma that stimulates the senses and relaxes the mind. 12 oz.
- Available in; Citrus Wood, Lavender, & Eucalyptus Mint
- Gentle exfoliant formulated with Pink Himalayan & Dead Sea salts
-Naturally fragranced with pure essential oils
Usage: Shake well or stir with finger before use. Scoop out a small amount into the palm of your hand and with a circular motion gently massage into focus areas.