|Public Policy and Social Change
A Multifaceted Approach
trafficking is a complex problem requiring a multifaceted solution. Breaking
Free’s response is comprehensive: addressing the immediate needs of victims, as
well as implementing the following strategies for long-term social change:
- Raising public awareness about
the realities of the issue, the propensity of the demand in this state, and the
conditions in which the victims are forced to live;
- Increasing victim identification through
education of first responders, law enforcement and the
- Providing strategies for intervention
and prevention along with resources and access to services
- Advising on legislative proposals and
advocating for changes to legislation that will protect victims while increasing
fines and penalties for perpetrators who buy and sell women and children for
sex; and finally,
- Engaging the community in large-scale awareness events, including our Candlelight Vigil, Benefit Breakfast, and the semi-annual
Demand Change Project.
Prevention, not just intervention is necessary for social change.
We must stop the victimization before it starts.
Prevention in Your Profession and Community
Everyone can be agents of social change. Read below for some ideas and strategies for prevention:
Spectrum of Prevention, developed by Larry Cohen of the Prevention Institute