The issue of child exploitation and trafficking is multilayered. It is not just a criminal issue it is a cultural one with many reasons for it’s existence. The fight to end this complex problem requires diverse answers. Not everyone has to do something radical but all of us can do something reasonable to end this. Here are a few ideas for you to engage.
Understanding a problem is what leads to the solutions. You can start with exploring the issue on this website. Watch our films and explore the photos and artifacts. Get to know the kids we serve. Read issue related books. Empathy is entering in and this is a great first step.
It is a simple and quick way to gain basic understanding on what kind of advocate you are. Are you a a prevention, intervention, or restoration personality? What historical activist or world-changer are you most relate to? The profile gives you a personality description, highlights efforts that match your personality, and suggests ways to engage that fit you. There are also some great links to further educate yourself.
One of the key reasons that iEmpathize is effective is volunteerism.
Offer your skills.
Photographers, graphic designers, event planners, consultants, lawyers, musicians, etc. offer their specific skills as a way to engage the issue and help iE. We rarely spend money on these type of services.
Connect your business.
We have many business that support iE financially but it really gets fun when a business collaborates with us. Our website is built by Clvr, Room 214 consults us on social media and designed our interactive Facebook, the Altitude Channel runs our PSAs, the Pepsi Center in Denver offers us space and promotes us through their charities program. How can your business connect with iE?
The WE program is not just about funding. It is networking and connecting our work or events in your region. Meet monthly with other empathizers, inspire new people to empathize and engage, and strategize on how to use iE tools and events to address the issue in your area.
Are you or is someone you know in a career that intersects with this issue and specifically our program? Are you or is someone you know a school teacher? Are you or is someone you know in the trucking industry? Can you think of other ways to connect the marketplace to our cause?
(MY Campaign) Personalize the way you empathize. Connect your very own fundraising idea with your very own iE webpage. Run a race, climb 14ers, host a fundraising dinner party, use your birthday to raise awareness and funds in place of gifts, invent an “anything”-a-thon, etc. Whatever you can dream up can be connected to your MY iEmpathize webpage where you can set your fundraising goal, load your images and event description, invite friends to support you, and spread the word through your social media. We provide campaign guides and phone support to make your campaign the best it can be.
(MY Media Event) Use our media kit to host screenings of our mini-docs in your home. Connect your event to your MY iEmpathize webpage where you can set a fundraising goal, load your images and event description, invite friends to attend and support you, and spread the word through your social media. We provide hosting guides and phone support to make your event the best it can be.
Lead the way in bringing iEmpathize to your university, faith community, conference, etc. Check the “experience” section of our website to decide which of our events you would like to host.
Join an expedition.
We offer trips to truck shows where we engage the trucking industry in the fight against child trafficking and immersive trips engaging our Mexico City efforts.