This campaign empowers the oil and gas industry and boom communities with the tools to recognize and respond to exploitation and trafficking.
When small towns experience an oil boom, traffickers see the workers moving in for high-paying jobs as a prime target. While there can be great economic benefits for a town experiencing a boom, there are also social effects. Community members living in a boom need resources to know how to prevent and intervene in issues of child exploitation. And members of boom industries – such as oil and gas – need resources to train their employees to know how to engage on behalf of vulnerable and victimized kids.
We released the BOOM campaign to empower boom communities and members of industries such as oil and gas to create traffick-free communities by forming clear response protocols and committing to employee and community trainings. Like our work to mobilize the trucking industry, BOOM provides the tools this demographic needs to empathize and engage.
After releasing this program in 2014, we led the conversation with Congressmen, school administrators, law enforcement, and community advocates on how to prevent child exploitation in boom communities in Kansas, North Dakota, and New Mexico. BOOM was featured by The Nobel Peace Prize Forum showcasing iEmpathize boom community prevention strategies.
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