To win the battle against modern slavery, it is important to teach others about the issue. You can raise awareness by forming a book club or hosting a movie night and holding discussions focused on the issue of human trafficking and human rights in Israel and abroad.
Choose a book or movie. You can pick a title from TFHT's recommended list or select another book or movie that relates to the topic of human trafficking. If you choose to organize a book club, make sure the book you select is readily available in your area, or ask a local bookstore to order copies. If you choose to plan a movie night, make sure to reserve the video you want to screen for the night in question.
Find a location. If you have room for many people in your house, you might decide to host the book club at home. For a movie night, you will need a TV with a big screen so everyone will be able to see the film. You might want to ask a local school, community center, or library to donate space for your event.
Recruit friends, family and co-workers to participate. It is important to invite a group of people who are open to learning about difficult issues and are up for a good discussion.
In your e-mail invitation for your book club meeting you might write something like: “I’m hosting a book club meeting to discuss (book title) and would love for you to come. Our discussion will focus on the issue of human trafficking around the world and specifically in Israel today. Please get a copy of the book at (store where it has been ordered) or from the public library and read it before you arrive. Feel free to come with questions or comments about the text or the issue that you would like to share with the group. I hope you can come! Here are the details…”
Or if you choose to host a movie night your email might say something like: “I’m hosting a movie night on the topic of human rights and would love for you to come. We will be watching (movie title). After the movie, we will have a discussion about human trafficking in Israel. We will also learn about what one non profit organization is doing to end modern slavery in Israel. I hope you can come! Here are the details…”
Gather materials for the event. Print up some materials about modern slavery and have them available for guests both during and after the discussion. Feel free to print up anything from the TFHT website. Check out our downloads page and FAQs. You can either distribute the materials personally or put them in a well-visited place (e.g. next to the drinks).
Have your book club or movie night! Please remember to take pictures.
Once the discussion of the book or movie has come to a close, ask your guests to listen to your pitch about trafficking and the importance of helping Israel rid itself of this problem. Keep it brief and keep it simple.
You could say something like: “I believe that Israel should be a world leader in the fight against human trafficking. There is a great deal that needs to happen before we can make that possible. All of us can play a role by changing attitudes, speaking out, and acting to stop this human rights abuse.”
End with your three requests:
- "Please join me in signing the petition." Pass around the paper petition that you've printed up and/or have your computer on and connected to the TFHT website for people to sign online.
- "Please take the time to learn about what you can do to help. I’ve left materials on the table and you can learn more by visiting TFHT’s website."
- "Please make a gift to support counter-trafficking work. Every little bit helps!" Your guests can make a gift online–have your computer connected to the TFHT website—or ask them to write a check. Make the checks payable to: ATZUM (Task Force on Human Trafficking), P.O. Box 252, Youngsville, NY 12791.
Follow up! Make sure you thank your guests for coming.
Drop us an e-mail to tell us about your event. Be sure to send us pictures as well. Send any money you collect to: ATZUM – Task Force on Human Trafficking, P.O. Box 252, Youngsville, NY 12791.
If the event is a success, pick another book and plan another meeting while trying to expand the number of participants. Advertise the book group by hanging flyers in your community center or local bookstores. This is a great way to discover new literature and discuss issues facing women in Israel and around the world.